The hood plays an important role in the kitchen: it is responsible for the removal of smoke during cooking. Therefore, it is logical that over time its hood darkens and becomes dirty. Not to mention that its grease filter collects a lot of dust and moisture. But admit it, you tend to neglect this device too often. However, in order to keep the hood always ready for use and working well, its cleaning is necessary. Although there are special remedies on the market, you can easily restore it with natural products that you probably already have at home. Here are some tips that you should use regularly.
Clean the hood with dishwashing detergent
There are several effective ways to clean the hood, but really it all depends on its condition. If the dirt is not so visible on the outside, a dishwashing detergent mixed with lukewarm water is perfectly sufficient. The method is very simple and fast: put the detergent on a damp sponge, and then gently wipe the hood housing. Inside, you can apply vinegar water, preferably in the form of a spray. Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes, then scrub the inside of the hood with the rough side of a sponge.
Clean the cooker hood with bicarbonate of soda
If the dirt seems stubborn to you, one of the most effective means of cleaning the hood, remains the baking soda. You probably already know the stain-removing and degreasing effect of this whitish powder, which is often used at home for several tasks. In particular, this product helps banish dried stains on bedding or mattresses. It is therefore very useful to make your hood shine. How to proceed. Pour a few tablespoons of baking soda into a glass and a small amount of water. The proportions depend on the condition of the device and the amount of dirt. Apply the solution to the dirty areas and leave it for 15 minutes. Then clean with a damp cloth until the white residue is completely gone. Cleanliness guaranteed!
How to clean the grease filter of the cooker hood?
In addition to its outer shell, the appliance also has a filter that can damage the surrounding air if it gets dirty. Therefore, it should be washed as often as possible. Only if the grease settles and accumulates there, its removal will be very troublesome. Therefore, it would be wiser to wipe it every day, preferably after each cooking. This is actually the most complicated part to clean, since the largest amount of fat absorbed by the hood is concentrated in this filter. It is also recommended to clean it once a month. However, it also depends on the type of cooking you are used to. If you cook more with steam, the mess will not be as much as if you cook fried food regularly.
Can we just clean it directly in the dishwasher? It is possible, yes, but on one condition. You should not use 3 in 1 or 5 in 1 tablets because they contain additives that attack the chrome bath present in all range hood grease filters. Therefore, if the filter is not stainless steel, it is better to avoid the dishwasher. If the filters are metal, it is advisable to put them in a basin with lukewarm water, some neutral soap and one or two caps of ammonia. Leave to soak for a few hours until the grease has softened properly. Then rub it off with a soft sponge and rinse with lukewarm water. And voilà, the filter of your cooker hood is like new!