When was the last time you looked under the hood in your kitchen? If the grate is left uncleaned, it can lead to smoke blockage due to greasy stainless steel filters. Your range hood sucks in steam, smoke and odors from your cooktop and expels them outside, keeping the air in your home clean. And, if you cook at home, it is impossible to avoid that over time it becomes slightly oily. A dirty hood can also cause bad odors in the cooking area.
In most cases, the grate is visible on the underside of the hood. Some devices have special handles that you can grasp to pull out the grill. Other hoods may have a clamping mechanism that must be squeezed in order for the grate to slide out. If you don’t know where the grate on your hood is or how to remove it properly, refer to the instructions.
After you have successfully removed the grate, transfer it to the sink to inspect before cleaning. You only need a few basic basic tools to complete this simple kitchen cleaning task.
Method 1 – Cleaner
This option is suitable for regular cleaning if your hood is not too dirty and you clean it once a month. Spray on multipurpose cleaner and leave on for 10 minutes. Then wash the filter with a brush.
Method 2 – dishwasher
You can soak the grate in the dishwasher for a couple of hours – if you’ve never cleaned your hood before, it’s best to leave it there overnight. Be aware that aluminum filters may become dull with this cleaning method.
Method 3 – soda
Fill a sink, pot, or bucket (large enough to hold at least half a filter) with boiling water and mix in baking soda and dish soap. Place the rack in hot water and leave for at least 10 minutes. Scrub gently with a brush afterwards (make sure the brush is not too hard to avoid damaging the filters), rinsing occasionally until all the grease has been rinsed off.
If you can only get half of the grate into the water, repeat the same procedure for the other side. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth. Insert back into the hood.