Range hoods filter the grease and smoke produced when you cook. Exhaust from the range hood vents outside through a duct, or recirculates into the room after it has passed through a filter. A charcoal filter decreases smoke and odors associated with cooking, and is usually found only in the recirculating type of range hood. It is important to note that you cannot clean charcoal filters; they require replacement.
Clean the exterior
- Take out a non-abrasive sponge and a natural kitchen degreaser (e.g. white vinegar). You can use distilled vinegar or create some baking soda paste (5 parts water/1 part baking soda) for the same effect.
- Clean out the exterior of the hood with the solution.
- Thoroughly rinse with clean water.
- With a soft cloth, dry the exterior of the hood.
- If your hood is made of stainless steel, you can get some shine back with beeswax.
Clean the grease filter
Your stove hood’s greaser filter retains all the grease particles. A regular wash is important to avoid any kitchen fires.
- Remove the filter from the hood (follow the instruction manual).
- Some filters can be put in the dishwasher. If not, follow the following instructions.
- Put the filter in a water bath. Add a little bit of dishwashing soap.
- Let it soak in for a few minutes.
- With the sponge, gently clean it out to remove any grease.
- Rinse the filter with clean water.
- Dry it with a soft cloth.
- Place the filter back into the stove hood properly.
If you do not have a hood with external evacuation, you will also need to replace your charcoal filter (the one keeping the odors at bay). You will need to replace it every four months.
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