How often should you clean your range hood? If you’re not sure, then you’re definitely not alone – keeping track of how often you should clean your range hood can be tricky!
So, we decided to help you out by laying out the best practices for cleaning a range hood, no matter what type of range hood you have.
If this seems like a lot of work, keep in mind that it could help prevent problems down the road – something that’s definitely worth it when it comes to protecting your family’s health and safety.
The benefits of cleaning your range hood regularly
If you want to avoid unnecessary grease buildup and damage to your kitchen, you should clean your range hood regularly.
Once a month is ideal; if that’s not possible, at least do it once every few months. These can be surprisingly difficult to clean if left unattended for long periods of time, so ensure that you aren’t skimping on cleaning for just one more day.
The longer you wait, the harder it will be to clean up afterwards. Also, cleaning your range hood regularly will prevent smells from building up in your kitchen and keep them from being absorbed into your walls or cabinets.
This will help keep food odors out of other rooms in your house as well. The smell won’t completely go away until you clean off all of those greasy stains!
Tips to clean your range hood thoroughly
Range hoods are one of those appliances that gets dirty easily. They get clogged with grease and dust, which can cause a serious fire risk if not cleaned regularly.
Fortunately, cleaning your range hood is easy, as long as you know how to do it properly. Follow these tips for a clean and safe kitchen space
1. Remove all removable parts from your range hood, including grills, filters and fans. This allows you to clean them more thoroughly than would be possible when they’re in place. Wipe down all removable parts using warm water and soap or an all-purpose cleaner (and don’t forget to clean underneath). If any part is particularly greasy or dusty, use a scrub brush or sponge before rinsing thoroughly with water. Let them dry completely before replacing them in their original position.
2. Use baking soda on stubborn stains: Stains caused by food splatters often refuse to budge even after cleaning with soap and water—but they will come off if you apply baking soda to them!
Range hood cleaning tools you need at home
Maintaining your range hood regularly is not difficult and will extend its life significantly. Here are some tools you can use to help you clean your range hood: paper towels, sponge, wet wipes, kitchen cleaner spray, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser®, and toothbrush.
How to clean a range hood?
Step 1: Remove all cooking equipment from under your range hood and move it out of the way. Cleaning a range hood while it’s still dirty is a bad idea; food particles left on top of or inside of a vent can attract bugs or rodents who will nest in there.
Step 2: Use cleaning products such as vinegar, baking soda, or natural cleaners (like lemon juice) on grease stains. Spray them directly onto stubborn stains with an old bottle of Windex (or similar cleaner). Let sit for several minutes before wiping away with paper towels/sponges/wet wipes/Mr. Clean Magic Erasers® etc…
Step 3: Wash down walls behind the stove with water mixed with mild soap if needed.
DIY tips on how to clean a range hood
Our chimneys need cleaning, too. What many people don’t realize is that your range hood acts as a chimney and can be just as dirty.
Before we talk about how to clean a range hood, let’s talk about why you should clean your range hood regularly. Range hoods are designed to ventilate smoke and heat from cooking appliances such as stoves, ovens, or grills.
A range hood typically consists of a blower fan mounted on top of an air duct connected to an exterior wall or roof; it also includes an internal motorized damper that opens when smoke needs to be vented outside.
The duct connects through a wall (or sometimes directly into) an exhaust pipe leading outside. In order for these components to work properly, they must remain clear of grease buildup and other debris—that means regular cleaning!
Cost-effective ways to maintain the look of your range hood
While it might seem like a daunting task, cleaning your range hood regularly is essential to keeping it operating properly and looking as good as new.
Here are some cost-effective ways to clean your range hood with ease • Use lemon juice: Sprinkle lemon juice on a soft cloth and use it to wipe down your range hood after each use.
If you’re concerned about leaving behind any residue, simply rinse off with water afterward. The acidity of lemon juice is perfect for getting rid of hard-to-remove grime while also leaving behind a pleasant scent! (This tip works great for cleaning kitchen appliances in general.)