How to wash the hood from fat at home?
Modern housewives are used to cooking in the most comfortable conditions. To do this, you need the kitchen to be equipped with everything you need, including a hood. Modern hoods easily cope with their task, purifying the air in the kitchen and allowing you to enjoy cooking. But like many appliances, the hood needs proper cleaning. How to do it right? Learn from our material.
Types of appliances
If you are just planning to purchase a modern and reliable range hood for your kitchen, then you should find out more in detail which hoods are and how they differ from each other.
To begin with, they differ in their construction, design, as well as functionality. The most common option is hood hoods. Many have become accustomed to this design, and modern manufacturers are more and more surprising consumers with the original design of these hoods.
Typically, dome-type appliances are equipped with two types of filters: an aluminum grease filter and a carbon filter. The first type of filter acts as a so-called grease trap, that is, it retains particles of grease, soot and periodically needs to be thoroughly cleaned.
Another common type of this kitchen appliance is hanging hoods. They attract many with their compact size and ease of installation. Such a device is easy to install under the kitchen cabinet, which is very practical, since you can save space. Typically, these hoods are equipped with carbon filters.
Island - A great option for the kitchen where there is an "island" on which all the appliances are installed: stove, oven, etc. This type of hood cannot be mounted on the wall or under the cabinet, they are suspended directly to the ceiling so that the appliance is directly over the stove itself.
There are also options recessedthat are equipped with a pull-out panel. In addition, it is important to know that hoods can operate in two modes. The first is the "tap" mode. That is, during the operation of the device, all contaminated air from the kitchen is discharged through ventilation, thereby cleaning the room. The second is recycling. During this mode, the hood draws in contaminated air in the kitchen, cleans it with installed filters, in particular carbon filters, and then puts it back into the kitchen.
When choosing a hood for your kitchen, be sure to pay attention to the performance of the model, in what modes it works and the noise level that it emits.
As soon as you become the happy owner of this appliance, the kitchen will always be clean and comfortable. There will no longer be a burning smell or grease stains on kitchen furniture.
After prolonged use of the cooker hood, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Of course, you can call a specialist to your house who will come, clean and take a considerable amount of money from you. In addition, you can buy a special tool that quickly and effectively cleans the device from grease and other contaminants. But often, many prefer another option - do cleaning yourself.
Before starting the process itself, it is worth remembering that the device needs to be prepared. To start need to disconnect it. In addition, since the whole process will take place at the stove, make sure that it is also turned off and completely cooled.
Next, the hood needs to be disassembled. Before you start doing this, be sure to read the instructions, otherwise you may damage the device. If you act according to the instructions, then disassemble it is not difficult. The main thing is to do everything according to the rules.
The hood is disassembled as follows. To begin, disconnect the instrument cover. This is done very easily. Next, you will need to get the filter that is installed in your device. By the way, you need to remove not only the grease filter, but also the air filter, since it also needs serious cleaning.
Again, read the instructions carefully, as manufacturers of many models categorically forbid cleaning the air filter!
So, when you removed the filter, the question arises of how to properly and efficiently clean this grid of grease that has accumulated on it. Many manufacturers indicate that a grease filter can be safely washed in a dishwasher. But if you still wash the dishes in the old fashioned way, then the filter will have to be washed by hand.
How to wash quickly and without worries?
The fat hood is very easy to clean. As soon as you understand that the device is not working as efficiently as it was in the first weeks after its purchase and installation, this suggests that it is time to clean the grill and more.
Many housewives are used to doing everything themselves, at home and with the help of improvised means. Below are collected all proven and effective cleaning methods that will definitely be useful to housewives.
The usual baking soda that everyone has in the kitchen can work wonders. Many people use soda not only as a means for splendid baking, but also for cleaning plates, spoons, forks, etc.
Soda perfectly copes with stains of fat, quickly and effectively cleans the surface of them. By the way, many who do not have a kitchen hood in the house clean the surfaces of kitchen cabinets from grease and soot with the help of it. But in our case, soda is useful in order to clean the grate of fat, which quickly accumulates on it.
First you need a container in which the grease filter can fit. Fill the container with hot water. If the container in which you will wash the filter is iron, then you can safely put it on the stove and boil water directly in it.
Add 150 g of baking soda to hot water and lower the contaminated net there. If the container is on fire, let it boil for about ten minutes. If the container is plastic, then just leave the filter in the water for 15-20 minutes.
Soda and hot water will do their job: the fat will easily lag behind the filter. It will be enough to remove it from the tank, wash it with a hard brush and rinse it in warm water.
Another effective folk remedy for getting rid of stains of fat is table vinegar. We often use it as a seasoning, salad dressing, but nevertheless, vinegar can serve as an excellent tool for cleaning the cooker hood filter.
Before using vinegar as a cleaner, look carefully at the label. It should not be too "strong." If you have ordinary, 9% vinegar in your kitchen, you can use it without diluting it with water. If it is written on the bottle that it is 70% essence, then you should be extremely careful and be sure to dilute it with water.
Of course, in order to effectively deal with pollution, especially with old ones, it is best to use 70% vinegar. Add two to three teaspoons of acetic acid to a glass of warm water. Pour the filter with the mixture, which must first be placed in a spacious container.
Remember that you must work with gloves, otherwise acetic acid can seriously damage your skin. In addition, so that the apartment does not have a strong smell of this substance, it is better to open a window or window in the kitchen.
So, you put the filter in a container and poured it with acetic acid. After 15 minutes, you can begin the traditional cleaning. Apply dishwashing liquid to the sponge and carefully scrub it over the entire surface of the grid. Fatty deposits will come off easily and without difficulty. Then it remains only to rinse and dry the net.
To clean the hood of the kitchen hood so that it shines with cleanliness, possibly. Our grandmothers also knew about a simple but very effective way to deal with stains of fat. Of course, we are talking about ammonia, which is in every home medicine cabinet. The most interesting thing is that this tool is used today exclusively for cleaning work. For example, for washing windows or in order to relieve silverware from plaque.
If the grease trap is very dirty and control methods such as cleaning with soda or vinegar do not help, then you definitely need ammonia. This "assistant" is able to cope even with long-standing spots of fat.
Before you start cleaning with this tool, be sure to open the window in the kitchen. Otherwise, the house will be filled with an unpleasant and heavy smell, which will not be so easy to weather.
Again, we need a spacious container in which the filter can easily fit. Place a greasy net, pour boiling water over it and add a little ammonia. If we talk about proportions, then take one tablespoon per liter of water.
Usually a 15-minute soak helps to cope with dirt and plaque. But if the mesh needs to be thoroughly cleaned, you will have to boil it in this liquid over low heat. Then you just need to rub the filter with a brush, and it will again shine with cleanliness. Then rinse it with warm water, it is possible with the use of liquid soap, so that the smell is soon gone. Next, we simply dry the mesh and put it in place.
Regular lemon or citric acid will help rid the grease trap of soot and grease. If the house has fresh lemon, then you can safely use it as a cleaner.
To do this, cut it into thin circles or slices, as you wish. A contaminated surface just needs to be rubbed with a slice of lemon and left for a while. Gradually, lemon juice and its acid will destroy fat particles, and it will be much easier to wash the net. This can be done with an ordinary detergent, preferably liquid so as not to damage the aluminum surface.
By the way, very often the surface of the hood itself is slightly contaminated and small dot spots of fat appear. They can be easily removed with lemon wedges.
If your house did not have fresh citrus, it does not matter, citric acid is quite suitable for this. For a liter of very hot water you need to take two or three tablespoons of citric acid and completely dissolve it. In this liquid, you can soak a dirty filter or moisten a sponge in the liquid and wipe slightly contaminated surfaces of the hood.
Other folk remedies
If you still decide to wash the kitchen hood and its filters yourself, then other folk remedies that many housewives actively use are also useful to you.
For some reason, many underestimate the miraculous properties of ordinary laundry soap preferring expensive detergents to him. But in vain. It can also help you.
Rub about half a bar of soap, add to a spacious container of hot water and make a soap solution. Next, the grease filter should be lowered into the resulting mixture and left in it for about an hour. Then remove the filter and wash it thoroughly in this solution using a stiff brush, which will help clear all cells from grease. Then rinse the appliance in warm water and dry it.
Many housewives use two effective agents at once in the fight against stains of fat. It is about baking soda and table vinegar. You will also need a container and hot water. Pour acetic acid into it in equal proportions and add baking soda. Submerge the net in water. The solution will begin to foam actively, and after half an hour of such a “bath” the filter will be clean.
There is another folk method. This time you need the most ordinary salt. No need to choose expensive, marine with various additives. The largest stone one will do. For two liters of water, take a standard pack of salt. Dissolve it in boiling water, and then immerse the mesh filter in the solution. After about half an hour, you can wash it in the usual way - with a sponge and detergent. Salt will help get rid of old pollution.
Modern manufacturers of household appliances often recommend the use of professional means for cleaning kitchen hood filters. It is easy to clean the hood inside and out with such tools. There are gels, sprays and powders. The only thing that does not suit many is the high price of such a product.
If you prefer special cleaning products, but want to opt for a budget option, you can use normal whiteness.
In addition, you can use the usual a means by which you wash dishes daily. It perfectly dissolves grease and will greatly facilitate the cleaning process of the filter. You can simply apply it to a sponge and grind it over the entire surface of the grid, or you can make a solution and soak the grid in it.
If your house has a special powder that is designed for drain pipes and is recommended as a means to combat and prevent blockages, then you can use it. For example, caustic soda is great. It is enough to dissolve it in water and immerse the filter in the solution. In about ten minutes you will see how particles of fat float to the surface of the water.
When giving preference to chemicals to combat stains of fat, pay attention to their composition. It’s best to choose the means based on acid or alkali. And do not forget about safety measures: work only with gloves on, open a window and turn off all appliances in the kitchen. Install the mesh back only when it is completely dry.
How often to repeat the procedure?
No one can give exact dates and say how often you need to clean the filters. It all depends on how often you use the cooker hood.
Watch how the appliance works. If you noticed that the hood began to work less efficiently, making a loud noise, the air in the kitchen is not being cleaned as well as before, this suggests one thing, it’s time to clean the filter.
It will be enough for prevention if you wash the grease filter once a month. Thus, it will not have time to become very dirty, which means that you will not have to devote much time to cleaning it.
The more carefully you follow this unit, the longer it will serve you and will work properly, without breakdowns. Remember that any technique requires a careful and careful attitude.
Advice for all occasions
A few tips for housewives:
- Always clean and wipe the device only when it is de-energized;
- Daily in the evening, when you are no longer planning to cook, wipe the surface of the hood itself and the mesh;
- When using chemical cleaning products, remember about personal safety, about the delicate skin of your hands and your health. Do not choose dubious means, for example, those on which there is no name and which are sold in bottling;
- If the house has a dishwasher, then the filter can be washed in it once a week. Thus, the hood will serve you for many years, the kitchen will always have clean air and no grease stains on the walls and furniture.
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