I’ve never professed to be the world’s greatest house cleaner. Apparently I’m pretty bad at it, since I tend to overlook things until they get to scary levels, then I finally notice them and freak out (and then question my ability as a mom, wife, etc.) Most areas in my life are pretty neat and tidy, but those areas that are easy to overlook are my nemesis. I’d noticed a few weeks ago that my range hood was getting pretty disgusting, but I had no real idea how to tackle it. Then I remembered how I figured out how to clean my ice maker, and I got to work.
I’m ashamed to show you that before photo… but I’m keepin’ it real, yo. It was truly disgusting. A greasy, yucky mess of who knows what was all gunked up in there. Blech.
So I pulled out my HomeRight SteamMachine Plus* and got to work. You could also use the classic SteamMachine* if you have one, but the plus version works not only for jobs like this but will also do floors (but that’s another post.) I also like the SteamMachine Plus because it’s similar to a compact vacuum in the fact that the larger machine will do the job, but a handheld is much easier to control in tight spaces.
I let the water warm up (the red light will turn blue) and then turned the steam on full blast before using the round brush head to quickly work up all the gunk and grime. Then I wiped it all off with a paper towel and gave the worst spots a second pass and wipe. In less than five minutes, the entire thing was clean.
I know that wiping it down regularly will keep it from building up this badly again… but I’m guessing that I’m not the only one out there who’s growing science experiments on their range hood. Just sayin’.
I love cleaning with steam, especially in the kitchen. I’m not a “crunchy granola tree hugging” kinda girl, but chemicals near cooking/food areas kinda creeps me out. So that’s why I use steam to clean a range hood.
*Thanks to HomeRight for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, photos, words & opinions are 100% my own. And this post contains affiliate links.*