Time: 30-45 minutes
We all love a good home-cooked meal, but the steam and smoke from all that home cooking eventually builds up inside your range hood. (That’s the thing above your stove with a fan that filters out cooking fumes full of grease and odors.) Get inside the range hood every few months and clean it out — Your fan will last longer and you’ll reduce your fire risk to boot.
What's in it for you?
- Improved stove efficiency
- Increased stove fan life
- Protection from fire and smoke damage
Clean Your Range Hood to Prevent Kitchen Fires
Remove the range hood filter. Slide this small metal grate out of its grooves and place it on a cloth towel near the kitchen sink. (You’ll need to clean it separately since it’s where most of the smoke particles get stuck.)
Clean the range hood filter. Fill up your sink (or a bucket) with hot water and add two cups of degreasing solution. Put the hood filter in the sink and scrub-a-dub-dub with a brush or sponge. Don’t forget to clean both sides and wear gloves. Hand dry the filter and set it aside.
Wash the inside of the range hood. Empty the sink, wipe it down with a rag, and refill it with hot water and two cups of degreaser. Soak a rag or sponge in this solution and scrub the surface of the hood interior
Spray degreaser directly on tough stains. Some of the food residue is going to be stubborn (especially if you haven’t done this in a while). Spray degreaser directly on the stains and use some elbow grease and a sponge to get them out. Wipe it all down with a clean rag soaked in hot water.
Wipe off the exterior of the range hood. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the exterior of the range hood. Hand dry everything and replace the range hood filter by sliding it back into its grooves.
Pro Tip: Don’t have any degreasing solution on hand? Use a mix of soap and hot water — it’s an inexpensive and all-natural choice that will work just as well.