You like to spend time behind the stove and cook delicious dishes? It’s always very enjoyable and satisfying. Less so are all those ubiquitous cooking smells that perfume the room. Of course, the hood is a key element of the kitchen: it sucks up all the fumes and cleans the atmosphere of the kitchen. Hard to do without it! However, to keep it always functional and efficient, it is essential to clean and maintain it regularly.

Although its function is to suck up bad odors, it can retain them in the long run. And now, one day, the hood no longer sucks properly. Even worse, it emits even unfine odors. When this problem occurs, it means that it needs to be cleaned even more carefully. Granted, its maintenance is sometimes tedious and complicated. But there are natural ways to polish it thoroughly and get it ready for use quickly.

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  • Exterior Cleaning

If you don’t have time and just want to focus on cleaning the exterior, there are two ways to do it effectively. Never forget to unplug your range hood before cleaning.

  • Quick cleaning

Most often, unpleasant odors come from stains and food residues. Therefore, it is necessary to eliminate them completely. Pour 1 quart of hot water into a bowl with a cup of white vinegar. Then take a cloth soaked with the solution and wipe the surface once wrung out. Then rinse with a damp cloth and dry with another dry cloth.

NB: White vinegar is an essential ingredient for effective cleaning. It has disinfecting, degreasing and deodorizing properties and is perfect for maintaining the cooker hood.

  • Pan method

During food preparation, all flavors tend to dissipate and stick to the range hood. Therefore, it is best to use the pan method. Fill a pot with a quart of water and pour in a cup of white vinegar. Heat it up and bring it to a boil. Then you can turn off the stove. The heat will cause the solution to evaporate, and the vinegar will remove any bad odors that have settled on the surface.

Note: As an alternative to white vinegar, you can also use baking soda and lemon juice. Both of them are particularly effective in disinfecting and deodorizing the device. It is enough to pour 4 tablespoons of baking soda, half a quart of water and the juice of one lemon. This method is also very useful to season the whole kitchen.

  • The glass method

Have you ever thought of eliminating unpleasant odors with a simple glass? Fill a jar with vinegar and place it on the stove. Then let it stand overnight. In this case, any type of vinegar will do. You can use white vinegar, but also apple or alcohol vinegar. If you have never done it before, this tip is highly recommended, especially to get rid of all frying odors, but also those that come from garlic and onions.

Interior cleaning

If you have cleaned your range hood well on the outside, but the bad smells are still not gone, then you should consider cleaning the inside. In this case, the first thing to do is to disassemble the range hood. Granted, this procedure is longer, but if you have the opportunity, you’d better give it some time to thoroughly disinfect your hood.

NB: Also remember to turn off and unplug the hood before washing it. Always follow the production instructions for the unit.

  • First step

Once everything is unplugged, take the lid and place it in a bowl of hot water and two cups of vinegar. Make sure the water covers the entire surface. Let soak for about 30 minutes to allow the fat to dissolve properly.

  • Second step

If the lid still looks greasy, you can try this trick. Prepare a solution with 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir well until everything is dissolved. Then, wet a sponge and wipe the surface. This step will remove stubborn stains. In fact, baking soda is a powerful cleaner with disinfecting and degreasing properties that will even get rid of stubborn grease stains.

  • Third step

Remove the filters and proceed to wash the inside of the hood. Pour half a quart of water, 2 glasses of white vinegar and half a glass of baking soda in a bowl. Then pour the mixture into a spray bottle using a funnel. Spray the solution on the interior surfaces and leave it for about 20 minutes. Finally, wipe with a soft sponge and rinse with a damp cloth. Put all the parts back in place. You will notice that your hood shines like never before!

NB: For a more noticeable effect, you can also try the peel method mentioned above.

Filte

For a complete cleaning of your hood, don’t neglect the filters! They also need to be meticulously cleaned, because it is precisely between these tiny holes that the most difficult to remove stains are deposited. As a precaution, we recommend consulting the manufacturer’s instructions in the booklet or contacting a specialized technician to avoid damaging the filters.

Good to know: Please turn on your cooker hood at least 10 minutes before preparing a dish. Because it needs some time to reach its optimal airflow. In the same way, leave it on for another ten minutes at the end of cooking to sufficiently purify the surrounding air. To save energy, avoid setting the unit to maximum power. Increase the power level only if there is a lot of steam in the kitchen.