Monthly Pick – Tips on Cleaning A Range Hood Naturally

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The best thing about a range hood is that it collects all the grease and smoke that cooking produces. The worst thing about a range hood is that it collects all the grease and smoke that cooking produces! Yup. I have to admit that one of the chores I most dislike is cleaning the range hood. I mean, really, someone invent a self-cleaning range hood now, please!

It just seems that no matter how much I scrub it, the grease just sticks. It sticks to the removable parts of the range hood. It sticks to the fixed parts. It sticks to the sponge.

The idea of having to clean it seriously makes me swear off cooking anything that might produce even the smallest amount of sticky grease. That’s easier said than done, of course. I can’t give up cooking!

So, what, exactly, is a person (who believes cleaning is the worst kind of chore) to do? Since I can’t avoid cleaning the range hood. I can make it easier on myself. Anything that does not require much in the way of elbow grease is king in my books. While we’re at it, let’s reduce the amount of toxic cleaning products I have to use, and I’ll be happy. Well, ok, maybe not happy. I still have to clean the range hood after all.

Then inspiration struck. I could have my cake and eat it, too. (Boy, would I really like to be eating cake right now instead of contemplating how I’m going to clean my range hood!)

Anyway, in an effort to stick to the parameters I set for myself, I looked through my pantry for some natural products that I could use as cleaners. (This last bit wasn’t an effort to waste time at all.) Anyway, I realized that I had a powerhouse combination of ingredients right there in my kitchen – hot water, baking soda and a soft scrub brush. Let the range hood soak in that mixture, then lightly scrub off what remains. Little to no elbow grease needed and no toxic concoction to inhale.

The Dawn-Of-A-New-Day Method

This method is so quick and easy you’ll wonder why you’ve been relying on store-bought products. Here’s what you’ll need:

• One bucket large enough to fit the filter (if your range hood is fitted with a filter)

• Hot water, fill to the top

• ¼ cup environmentally-friendly dish soap (like, Dawn)

• ¼ cup baking soda

• Non-abrasive scrub brush

• Paper towels or cotton towel

1. Carefully remove filters from the range hood.

2. Fill a bucket with hot water, baking soda and dish soap. Your kitchen sink might seem like a convenient place to clean your filters. But, don’t act on that idea. The last thing you want draining down your sink is grease that can cling to pipes and eventually cause a blockage.

3. Submerge filters into the bucket. Let soak for at least 15 minutes, longer if they’re really grimy.

4. Scrub the filters gently with the brush until all the grease is gone.

5. Rinse under clean, running water; let dry thoroughly. Place filters back into range hood when completely dry.

Don’t have the time or the ingredients in your pantry? I discovered another little trick that made cleaning the range hood a lot easier than I thought it would be. If you have a degreaser, like CLR Grease Magnet, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner or even a laundry degreaser, like Just Naturals Orange Laundry Degreaser, just spray it on and wipe off. You will, however, have to wash the range hood parts in soap and water after you’ve degreased them.

Is cleaning the range hood still a chore now that I’ve discovered these two methods? Yes, it is. But, at least I know it will quick and (fairly) painless.

Over to you: What chore do you hate doing and how have you made it easier for yourself?

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