Vent hoods can get incredibly greasy, dusty and grimy. Before you give up, check out these tips to keep your oven hood functioning properly and looking its best.
No wonder the kitchen is called the heart of the home: it offers scratch-made meals, great conversation and a focal point for family celebrations. The kitchen is also home to some of your most expensive and important appliances, and thus requires a bit more attention.
In general, most of us remember to wipe down the stovetop and clean out the refrigerator to keep them functioning in top condition. But there are other significant items you may have forgotten about that also need regular cleaning. One of these is your oven vent hood. Wondering how to clean your oven hood? Read on and see; it’s easier than you think!
The vent hood is easy to forget about. It silently performs its duties day in and day out as the kitchen exhaust removes smoke and grease from the air when you cook. You may not realize how important this grease removal is until it stops happening. Eventually, the vent hood can become so clogged with grease and caked with debris that it won't be able to perform efficiently, leaving your kitchen filled with unpleasant odors.
If you haven't cleaned your vent hood in awhile, prepare yourself; it won't be pretty. If it has been doing its job properly, all of the grease and debris that has been collected over time will still be there, waiting to be cleaned.
Luckily, cleaning your vent hood can be done relatively quickly and with a minimal amount of supplies.
First, gather the cleaning supplies you need. These are all items you may have on hand, including:
- Degreasing soap
- Baking soda
OK. Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Locate your vent hood's filters and remove them from the vent hood. (This is a good time to use those gloves.) Most vent hoods have a built-in mechanism or latch that will allow you to accomplish this easily.
Step 2: Fill your sink or a large basin with hot water — the hotter the better! Add a large squirt of degreasing soap and several shakes of baking powder. Swish the water around until you have a nice amount of suds.
Step 3: Add your stove hood filters to the soapy water, submerging them completely. Allow them to soak for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the vent hood filters from the water and use your sponge to remove the rest of the debris. You can also use your kitchen sink sprayer attachment to get at harder-to-reach debris. If your vent hood filters are still not clean, begin the process over again.
Step 5: Once your filters are clean, let them air dry on some towels on your kitchen counters. After they’re fully dry put the filters back into the vent hood.
Once you’ve cleaned the filters, it's a great time to take advantage and wipe down the exterior of your vent hood.
While it might be tempting to stick your vent hood filter in the dishwasher and call it a day, this isn’t a good idea. The debris can clog your dishwasher and cause it to retain odor.
Once you have the initial cleaning out of the way and know how to clean a stove hood properly, maintenance is easy. Adding kitchen exhaust cleaning to your monthly chore list will help keep your kitchen running efficiently and working properly.
Check out more DIY kitchen cleaning tips from Merry Maids.