Handy hints: How to clean your oven hood

Of all the appliances in your kitchen, extractor hoods are the easiest to forget to clean, despite being among the dirtiest.

They exist to catch and trap grease, so while it might not be a pleasant job, giving the hood a deep clean will help to keep your whole kitchen cleaner in the long run.

Once you’ve mastered the deep clean, we’ve got a few tips that’ll help you keep it gleaming with minimal effort…

Cleaning the hood

Step one is to make sure the appliance is turned off at the wall. Remove the filter (check the manual if you’re not sure how to do this) and set it aside – we’ll explain how to refresh this in a moment. For now, turn your attention to the hood itself.

What to use

The cleaning product you use depends on the material your hood is made from. For example, soapy water and/or an all-purpose degreasing cleaner will work for most plastics and glass, but a stainless steel hood will need a stainless-steel friendly spray.

How to do it

Use a soft cloth or sponge (avoid anything with a scratchy or scouring surface, as this could damage the hood) dunked in the warm, soapy water to wipe the hood inside and out. Use your chosen detergent on stubborn, sticky areas.

Finish by wiping it down with a clean, dry cloth to avoid leaving any smears. Finally, any glass parts should be rubbed with glass cleaner or vinegar to keep them clean and shiny.

Tip: Use an old toothbrush dipped in warm, soapy water and detergent to get into any hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

Cleaning the filter

Extractor hoods have two main types of filter: a paper one, which can be discarded and replaced, or a mesh one, which needs to be cleaned, dried, and put back. If yours is the latter, here’s how to keep it spick and span, and functioning at its best.

What to use

You’ll need some very hot water, a degreasing washing-up liquid, and some baking soda or vinegar.

How to do it

Fill the sink with hot water and add a couple of spoonfuls of the baking soda or vinegar as well as a generous squirt of the washing-up liquid. Immerse the filter and soak it for at least 15 minutes to lift and loosen the grease. Once it’s begun to shift, scrub the filter gently with a washing up brush to remove any stubborn dirt.

Drain the sink, rinse the filter in more hot water, and leave to dry before returning to the extractor hood.

Tip: If your filter’s become really dirty and you just can’t shift the grease, leave it to soak overnight.

Tips for keeping your hood clean

Once you’ve carried out a deep clean, the hood only needs a little bit of regular attention to prevent the grease and dirt from building up again.

Here are a few tips for monthly maintenance.

  • Mesh filters can be put through the dishwasher to degrease (but don’t do this if they’re really dirty – use the soaking method first).
  • While the filter is in the dishwasher, a quick wipe inside and on the surfaces of the hood will stop grease from sticking.
  • The primary thing that leads to grease building up is frying food on the hob. The less food you fry, the less greasy your hood will become (and the healthier your meals will be!).

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