How To Clean a Range Hood: A Complete Guide On How To Clean Yours Effortlessly

December 13, 2022

Written by: Florie Malapit

How To Clean a Range Hood: A Complete Guide On How To Clean Yours Effortlessly

Cleaning a rangehood is something that most people don't think about until they need to do it or have a house cleaning service do it for them. And then, they're overwhelmed by how much there is to do. There are many parts and pieces to clean, and you need help figuring out where to start.

But don't worry. We've got you covered. We'll walk you through the step-by-step process of how to clean a range hood so you can get your range hood shining like new in no time.

We all know how important it is to keep our kitchen appliances clean and in good working condition. It's one of the first things people do when they move into a new home. They clean the oven and stovetop, put the rangehood back on the wall, and ensure it works properly.

But what about after that? When was the last time you cleaned your range hood? If you're like most people, probably never. But that's about to change!

Range hoods are an underrated appliance but pretty easy to clean. They're made of stainless steel or aluminium, so they don't collect as much grease as other appliances in your kitchen. Plus, they have filters that can be easily removed and washed with soap and water.

In this guide, we'll go over everything you need to know about cleaning a range hood, how often you should do it, what natural cleaning materials are best for getting rid of grease build-up and dust, how to get rid of stubborn stains without damaging your hood, and more!

How To Clean a Range Hood

What You'll Need:

  • Hot water or boiling water
  • Baking soda
  • Gloves
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Degreasing dish soap or detergent
  • Paper towel or clean rag
  • Kitchen towel or dishcloth
  • Sink or basin
  • Soft nylon-bristled brush
  • Scrubbing brush

Instructions

1. Removing the dry dust layers

Remove the dry dust layers from your appliance

Dusting is an excellent way to start your range hood cleaning activity. But before you start dusting the inner and outer roofs of the cooking hood, place a kitchen towel over the stove so that the dirt and debris don't fall inside.

To remove the dry dust layers, get a dust brush cleaner and clear the surface of all the dry, dusty particles. The best brushes can clean the range hood by getting into its nooks, sensitive crevices, and outer edges.

2. Wiping and cleaning the range hood surfaces

To wipe and scrub the range hood surface, combine degreasing dish soap and warm water to make a foaming liquid. You can also create and use a homemade vinegar solution for this process. Then, spray on the degreaser or vinegar solution and give it at least 15 minutes to sit.

Use paper towels or a clean rag to remove the filth and cleaner. If leftover particles exist, squirt some degreaser into a nylon-bristled brush and scrub the affected areas. Finish by removing any leftover smears and stubborn residue.

Lastly, rinse the interior with warm water and a clean paper towel to cloth to remove the residual cleanser.

3. Removing the stains with baking soda

Mix baking soda with hot water to remove greasy grime

Removing the grease, grime, stains, and marks from the inside of your kitchen range hood requires caution, without a doubt. So before you begin, wear gloves to protect your hands from harsh chemicals.

Keep the degreasing dish soap close by and mix baking soda with hot water. Baking soda neutralizes acidic compounds and dissolves grease attached to the surfaces.

That is why for best results, apply baking soda paste to the troublesome spots, let it sit for 30 minutes, and scrub to remove the stubborn stains from the oven hood.

4. Cleaning the greasy range hood filter

Range hood filter cleaning is essential to remove the large debris and tough grease when deep cleaning your range hood.

To clean the range hood filters, you have to detach the filters first. To remove the range hood filters, you can follow the instructions in the owner's manual, or you can either find the latch you use to pop them out or slide them out.

Use a cloth or scrubby sponge to remove the substantial dirt in the range hood filters. After that, soak your hood filters for 15 to 20 minutes in a sink, basin, or bathtub filled with hot water or boiling water to remove the grime from your greasy filters.

With a scrub brush, gently clean the rangehood filters after soaking them in a solution of water and 1/4 cup of baking soda.

Rewash the range hood filter in warm water, then let it air dry for a while. After spraying with a vinegar solution, the filter should then be cleaned with a towel or microfiber cloth.

Lastly, rinse the range hood filters with a cloth and let them completely dry. Reinstall it in your range hood only when it has completely dried.

Range hood filter cleaning

Enjoy the Sparkling new Appearance of Your Range Hood!

Enjoy your range hood's spotless new look and the fresher air in your kitchen. The next time you're cooking up a storm, you'll know that you have a clean and efficient range hood to help you out.

We hope this article has provided the information you need to keep your range hood in good condition. If you have any questions about how to clean a range hood, or if you want to share your cleaning tips, please comment below!

Also, don't forget to check out our ultimate kitchen cleaning guide for more helpful advice on cleaning and maintaining your kitchen appliances!


FAQs

What removes grease from the range hood?

If no cleaning spray is available at home, wash the rangehood with the best degreasers, hot water, and degreasing dish soap or detergent, which is probably available on hand.

You may also mix one part of vinegar and one part of water and use it to wipe off greasy and stubborn stains in your hood.

How often should you clean a kitchen range hood?

How often you should clean a kitchen range hood depends on how much you use it.
Most experts recommend cleaning your range hood filters at least once a month and deep cleaning your range hood once a year, but if you're using it heavily or have a lot of greases to deal with, you may want to clean it more often.

For most people, cleaning a range hood involves vacuuming the filter and wiping down the interior of the hood. The filter should be vacuumed every time you use your stovetop and oven or at least once a week. If you've cooked something with a lot of fat or oil, like bacon or ground beef, you'll probably want to vacuum the filter more often than usual.

It's also essential to wipe down the interior of your range hood after using it, or the grease from foods like bacon or ground beef can build up over time.

Can range hood filters be washed in the dishwasher?

Your range hood filter can go in the dishwasher. If you need more time to entirely clean your filthy range hood by hand, you can thoroughly wash and clean your range hood filter in the dishwasher. This approach is quicker and simpler to use.

You may quickly degrease and clean your filter by placing it in the dishwasher for pots and pans in the hottest setting.

When to call a repair professional?

It's time to hire a repair professional or expert if the vent fan needs to be fixed and you are unsure of the cause. Try to clean the inner components, including the motor and fan, before you make the call.

The fan may be broken if the ventilation doesn't work or a loud sound continues. It could be necessary to clean the motor to stop rubbing or grinding.

If the lights or buttons are not functioning, it is another sign that you need to hire a repair professional. It can be an electrical wiring issue that an electrician or service technician needs to identify and fix.

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About the author 

Florie Malapit

Contributing Writer at Sparkle and Shine Today. She is a freelance content writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, major in Marketing Management, and more than two years of blog and content writing experience.