How to Clean Sticky Range Hood

It’s quite obvious for your range hood to catch humidity and become greasy. We all know how annoying it is when your hood becomes sticky. While cleaning your kitchen, you can’t just overlook the range hood. Most of the people don’t know exactly how to clean their range hood and end up with a greasy vent in their kitchen. If you don’t want to be one of them, then here I am with your go-to guide.

In this article, I am going to tell you how to clean sticky range hood and what things do you need to clean it.

Things you need to know before cleaning Sticky Range Hood

First of all, you need to gather all the things required to clean up your range hood. Most of these things are available at home, if you don’t have any, you can also look for alternatives.

  • Boiling water
  • Degreasing dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Dishcloth/Paper towel
  • Non-abrasive scrub brush

Step by step instructions

Below is the step-by-step instructions on how to clean your sticky range hood.

Wipe down from outside

Before proceeding towards cleaning the range hood from inside, you must wipe it off from the outside. The outside cover of the vent become sticky because of the excessive heat and fumes and these need to be cleaned regularly.

For cleaning the outside cover, use a thick paper towel. Soak the paper towel in water and wipe off the outer cover with it. If the cover has too much grease, then it’s better to go with anti-grease dish soap. Mix the dish soap with water and spray it all over the hood. Let it rest for a few minutes and then clean it off with a dry paper towel.

To make sure everything is nice and clean, you can use another wet towel to remove any leftover liquid over the hood cover.

Inside cleaning

Next, it’s time to clean the range hood from inside where the vent is installed. If you’re cleaning the vent after a long gap then there are good chances that the vent has become a blackened mess. So it’s better to switch the paper towel with a scrubbing brush here.

Take out the filters

First of all, take out the filter carefully. Most of the filters are easy to slide or pop out.

Clean stains from inside

With the help of a scrub brush, you need to clean the hood from inside. Mix water and dish soap in a tub, then rub the inside walls with this mixture. For bad build-up, you can make baking soda paste and apply it inside the hood. Leave the paste for half an hour and let it break up the grease. After half an hour, rub the surface with a scrub brush and then wipe off the residue with a paper towel.

Take a tub of boiling water

After you’re done cleaning the inside of the hood, next take a tub and pour hot boiling water in it. Make sure the water must be boiling so that it could work effectively.

Pour in dish soap and baking soda

Pour a good amount of degreasing dish soap and ¼ cup of baking soda into boiling water. Mix all these things together with the help of a brush. Be careful not to use your hands as the water is super-hot.

Put filters inside

Once the water is soapy, submerged the filter inside it. Make sure to soak the filters completely inside the water.

Let them soak

Allow these filters to soak for at least 10 minutes inside the water.

Scrub the filters

After they’re soaked well, scrub the filters with the help of a scrubbing brush. But make sure not to use too abrasive brush otherwise the filters could get damaged.

Rinse and dry

Rinse the filters completely with water, it’s better to use hot water but you can also use tap water for it. Then pat the filters dry with a paper towel or a clean piece of cloth.

Put them back

Now that you have cleaned the filters, put them back and you’re good to go.


How often should I clean my range hood?

It’s better to clean the outer cover of range hood often. But for the inside cleaning, you can do it once in a month. However, it all depends on your kitchen stove type and the cooking time. You can clean up whenever you feel like.

Can I use any dish soap to clean my vent?

It is highly recommended to use only non-abrasive dish soap. But if you don’t have that, you can also use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.

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