If there’s one thing that’s tedious to clean, it’s always in the kitchen. There are many nooks and crannies that could be mentioned, but one literally stands out above all the others: the extractor hood.
Is everything there in the form of fat? What’s harder than fat? Removing it is a real chore and I’m sure, like everyone else, you’ve tried a thousand and one methods to achieve it. Some are more effective, some less so, but the fat, dear reader, never stops. It never disappears completely.
It eliminates the odors and fumes that all cooking generates, and it keeps your home from looking like a barbecue, but the extractor hood can’t do magic, and achieve all that it holds and holds and holds and holds back. This is why we will never be able to say that our kitchen is clean if this fundamental element is not.
How to achieve this cleaning? If possible, especially with help. Once there are several willing hands, here are the tips that promise to make it happen. They promise and they deliver. Warning warning…
To keep in mind
The first thing to take into account is the material of your hood, because depending on this it will be more profitable to use one product or another. But don’t worry too much, because all the products we offer here are natural products.
Choosing a soft sponge is essential in this process. It should not have rough fibers. In fact, it’s best if it’s a natural sponge. Any other option risks scratching your hood and damaging it.
They are made of heat-resistant plastic, aluminum, wood… Although, nowadays, the most popular are generally made of stainless steel. The fashion for this material does not exempt it from one of its biggest problems: it is very messy. So, even if it is clean, you should be careful not to rub a finger without going any further, because there will be a mark.
To do this, it is essential to have a soft sponge or scouring pad. It should not have rough fibers and, in fact, it is best if it is a natural sponge. Any other sponge could scratch your hood and damage it. Now is the time to use a good degreaser. You will find it in your refrigerator or pantry. No, you don’t need to go to the supermarket to get it.
Water and lemon
It is the cheapest formula, but it is also one of the most effective. Just boil water. The quantity here is worked out a little by eye, the old-fashioned way, as they say. It depends, for example, on the size of the bell.
Once the water is boiling, remove it and let it cool. While it is still warm, add the lemon juice and mix well. Dip your sponge in the mixture and run it over the surface of the hood, you will see what a change, and with the added scent (if you find the lemon smell too strong, you can turn it on while you clean it ).
White vinegar is another great tip, especially if you have to deal with excessive dirt or deeply embedded grease. In this case, bring water to a boil and, after letting it stand, add the same amount of vinegar. Stir and that’s it.
In the meantime, if your filters are carbon filters, you can let them soak in the remaining liquid for a few hours. If they contain a filler sponge, you will need to replace it from time to time. Experts recommend repeating this complete cleaning process every two months or so.
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