Kitchen Hood Cleaning Tips Make Cleaning Easy

Range hood fans remove the smoke, excess moisture and grease from cooking, so it is very important to follow a few kitchen hood cleaning tips to keep it in tiptop shape.

Keeping your kitchen range hood vent working efficiently requires cleaning regularly, especially if you cook often. People wipe the outside of the range hood but completely forget about the fan and filters.

Sometimes dirt cakes the blades on the fan, so they do not work efficiently and this can cause the motor to either overheat or quit working.

Be sure to turn the kitchen hood unit off before you start to clean it.

Here are some kitchen hood cleaning tips that turn a dirty job into one that is quick and easy...

Kitchen Hood Cleaning Tips

  • Clean the exterior of your range hood with a good grease-cutting, nonabrasive household cleaner. Use this on the inside of the range also, but avoid hitting the light bulb or the light socket. Rinse with warm, soapy water.
  • Remove the metal grease trap/traps from your range hood and place them in a sink full of water containing a degreasing solution. Let the metal grease trap soak until all the built-up grease has dissolved or use a brush on both sides.

    After the degreasing solution removes the grease, wash it in hot, soapy water, rinse and be sure it is dry before reinstalling. You can wash your filters in the dishwasher but it could leave a greasy film inside, which is difficult to remove.

    If the filters are very dirty, it could also clog up the drain lines on your dishwasher. Washing the hood filters in ammonia and hot water also works well.

  • The activated charcoal filters in a circulating vent hood need replacing, as you cannot wash these. Charcoal loses its effectiveness when it is dirty, so it is important to replace them annually or more often, if you cook a lot.

    These activated charcoal filters are usually available in hardware stores or sometimes from the store where you bought your hood.

  • Remove the dirt and grease from the fan blades using a grease-cutting cleaner on a wet cloth.
  • These kitchen hood cleaning tips work great but you should also contact a vent-cleaning contractor to clean the vent leading from your hood to the outside. Do this annually, as grease builds up on the inside of the vent where you cannot reach it.

By following some of these kitchen hood cleaning tips your range hood will look as good as when it was new.


: : Kitchen Hood Cleaning Tips

Claim your free copy of our Special Report:

How To Clean Your House: Advice From the Past

* indicates required

Read our privacy policy here.

In it you'll get...

  • The exact practices used for household management back in 1914 -- you'll be shocked to know that we still use some of these today.

  • The best methods of removing dust, cleaning paint, woodwork and glass.

  • Instructions on how and why you should make an inventory of household goods in a card file -- e.g., "Keep bed linen and towels, piled preferably on shelves, near bedrooms and bathrooms, marked and numbered. Put the clean underneath when they come from the laundry."

By entering your email, you're opting in to receive our free weekly house cleaning letter, "The Saturday Morning Cleanup". It will give you house cleaning tips and motivation to create a home that is quick and easy to clean. We'll never send you spam, and you can opt-out at any time.

Recent Articles

  1. Clutter Is Natural

    Apr 03, 21 02:54 PM

    Clutter doesn't make you a slob, it makes you human.

    Read more

  2. How to Repel Pesky Insects

    Mar 21, 21 04:01 AM

    Repel pesky spiders and ants with peppermint or cinnamon. I placed a cinnamon-infused twig broom on my porch because it always had spider webs. No more!

    Read more

  3. Laundry - The Never-Ending Cycle

    Oct 24, 20 09:33 AM

    Laundry is a fact of life, and to deal with it, you simply have to have a routine.

    Read more

  4. How to Scape Up Some Motivation to Get Your House Cleaning Done

    Sep 12, 20 07:52 AM

    Sometimes you just need a little bit of motivation to get started and finish cleaning your home. Here are 5 tips to get you motivated.

    Read more

  5. How to Organize Your Kitchen In One Day

    Sep 05, 20 10:45 AM

    Organize your kitchen for a space that's less of a time suck when it comes to keeping it clean and ready for the next meal preparation session.

    Read more