In this article, we will share with you the most popular methods for cleaning the hood in the kitchen using cheap and affordable products that will allow you to quickly achieve the desired effect at home and without any extra effort. Baking soda, vinegar and lemon are sure to be found in every kitchen at home.
Preparing the hood for cleaning
The first thing to do is to disassemble the hood to clean it from soot, grease and dirt. To do this, you must perform the following steps:
- De-energize the exhaust device.
- Remove the grate located directly above the gas stove, behind which the hood filters are located, then place it in a soapy solution.
- Dismantle and wash the pipe leading to the air duct.
- Wash the outer and inner surfaces of the cooker hood.
- Wash filters, hood mesh.
- Dry all washed parts, then assemble the entire device in reverse order.
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There are a lot of ways to clean the hood in the kitchen. Using the above recommendations will avoid the need to purchase expensive cleaning products and quickly remove grease from the hood parts at no extra cost, using improvised means.
- The easiest way is to soak all removable parts of the device (mesh, filter, grid) in a solution of soap or dishwashing detergent. In the manufacture of the solution, you should use a detergent and water in a ratio of 1 to 4. After some time, the parts must be doused with boiling water and washed with a sponge, then dried and installed in the hood in place.
- Cleaning with soda. In case of severe contamination of the mesh and filter, it is possible to clean them by boiling in a soda solution. To do this, take a large container in which you can place the whole parts, fill it with water and put it on the stove. When heating water, you should constantly add soda to the container, stirring constantly so that it dissolves. After boiling the mixture, it is necessary to place a grid and filters in it, then boil for about half an hour. This will effectively remove even stubborn grease from the parts.
- Cleaning with laundry soap. Ordinary laundry soap will make it easy to cope with greasy deposits. To do this, rub the soap into a container with hot water and put the parts of the hood there to soak. After some time, it is necessary to remove the filters and the grate from the container and remove the remaining fat with a hard sponge or scraper.
- Cleaning parts of the hood with vinegar. Effectively remove grease from the parts of the hood will allow such an affordable tool as vinegar. Use only undiluted vinegar to get the most out of your cleaning. It is necessary to work with vinegar with gloves to avoid skin irritation. Apply vinegar to removable parts and leave for 15–20 minutes to dissolve dirt. Then wash off the remaining dirt with a sponge and thoroughly rinse the grate and filters with running water.
- Use of citric acid for cleaning. In addition to acetic acid, citric acid will do an excellent job of washing the extract, and lemon juice is also suitable. As in the case of vinegar, the product should not be diluted so that the effectiveness of its application does not decrease. Citric acid or squeezed lemon juice must be applied to the removed parts of the hood, wait for the fat to dissolve, then wipe with a sponge and rinse with water. If the first time it was not possible to remove all contaminants, the manipulation will have to be repeated several times.
Cleaning the cooker hood
In addition to the need to wash the “insides” of the kitchen hood at home, cleaning the outer casing of the device is important. Dust and grease deposited on the surface stick together and dry out. New layers of grease and dust settle on this crust and, as a result, it can be difficult to wash the outer surface of the hood. Therefore, the hood of the device must be treated regularly.
Washing the outer surface is not difficult if you follow simple recommendations. First of all, you should take a fat-dissolving agent (for example, for washing dishes), apply to the surface and leave for a while. Then, use a sponge to wash the cap of the device. If small traces of dirt remain, you can try to remove them with a special plastic scraper. It is unacceptable to use metal in this case: it can scratch the surface.
Strong contamination can also be tried to be removed with a lemon: to do this, cut the fruit in half and treat the stubborn dirt with a half. Exposure to citric acid will allow you to cope even with persistent pollution, but it should be remembered that it is unacceptable to dilute lemon juice: this will reduce the intensity of acid exposure.
How often should a kitchen hood be cleaned?
The frequency with which the hood should be cleaned depends on the intensity of cooking, and accordingly, the operating time of the device. Not the last role is played by the time available to the hostess: if you wish, you can wash the hood quite often, but there is no need for daily cleaning, despite the regular use of this device.
General cleaning of the premises and cleaning of the kitchen hood is recommended to be done at least once a quarter. All components of the hood should be washed, including the pipe leading to the duct. Particular attention should be paid to keeping the kitchen hood grate clean: the best option is to wash this removable part at least once a month.
Some modern hoods are equipped with disposable removable filters: these parts can simply be replaced with new ones after the old ones become dirty. In most old modifications, this possibility is not provided, so washing the grate is an inevitable necessity. An excellent option would be to regularly wash the grate in the dishwasher: this will save time and effort and bring the desired result.