Seriously. Do you remember last time you cleaned your kitchen hood? I do: Never! So it’s time to tackle the “Hood Project” and give it some love. I was lucky to find a magic no-rub recipe that will dissolve the grease in no time — perhaps the easiest and most satisfying thing I’ve ever used. Need to know how it works? Read on!
After perusing the internet looking for a recipe, I realized that my cleaning cabinet contained all ingredients needed to make this magic formula. Can you take a guess?
You know the magic of Dawn and Vinegar when it comes to get rid of grease, and the power of baking soda. Combine this with water and voila! And the best part is that it doesn’t need any elbow grease.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS
Here’s what you’ll need:
— Distilled white vinegar: 2/3 of a cup to 1 cup (Amazon)
— Baking soda: 1/4 – 1/2 cup (Amazon)
— Dawn liquid soap (I used the classic, blue color): 3 tablespoons (Amazon)
— Tap water: at least 1.5 gallons, depending on your pot
You’ll also need:
— A large pot, the tallest you can get. (Amazon)
— Tablespoon (Amazon)
— Wooden spoon (Amazon)
— Sponge or soft scrubber
— Brush or old toothbrush
— Kitchen rag (recommended) (Amazon)
Ready? Let’s get started!
STEP 2: REMOVE FILTERS OFF THE HOOD BEFORE CLEANING
Before we start concocting, remove all filters off the hood. TIP: To protect your countertop, place a kitchen rag underneath your ingredients. A little hot water and cleaner may spill as you move filters and spoons around. Get your materials ready and put them next to the stove. Now it’s time to make the solution!
STEP 3: ADD WATER TO THE POT & BRING IT TO A BOIL
Grab the tallest pot you have in your kitchen: one that fits the filters all the way in is best! Start making the DIY Magic Cleaner by filling the pot with tap water. Don’t worry about using hot tap water, we’re going to heat it anyway! TIP: Don’t fill the pot all the way up! Leave at least 2” clearance off the top. The baking soda is going to fizz and we don’t want it to spill all over. Put the pot on the stove, turn the flame on and wait a few minutes.
STEP 4: VINEGAR IS NEXT!
Get a cup (no need to use a measuring cup) and fill it up with vinegar. Then add it to the warm water. Vinegar is one of my favorite cleaners, and works well removing grease, especially when combined with Dawn! TIP: Don’t wait till the water is about to boil – Lukewarm is just fine. We still need to throw the soap and baking soda in before it gets too hot.
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