No-Rub Magic DIY Cleaner & Degreaser for Your Kitchen Hood

10 Materials
$4
30 Minutes
Easy

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!
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Who d have thought cleaning the hood was easy
Who'd have thought cleaning the hood was easy
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?
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Time to give this hood the magic cleaner
Time to give this hood the magic cleaner!
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.



diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Four ingredients is all you need
Four ingredients is all you need!
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:
Tablespoon (Amazon)
Wooden spoon (Amazon)
— Sponge or soft scrubber
— Brush or old toothbrush
Kitchen rag (recommended) (Amazon)

Ready? Let’s get started!
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, First thing is first remove all filters
First thing is first: remove all filters
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!
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Let s start by adding water to the pot
Let’s start by adding water to the pot
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.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Next comes the vinegar
Next comes the vinegar!
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.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood
Ready for the blue magic?
STEP 5: LET’S ADD THE DAWN SOAP NOW

Grab the tablespoon and measure 1 full tablespoon of Dawn soap. Add it to the warm water. I prefer the blue (i.e. Classic) Dawn. It’s an excellent degreaser! TIP: You can use FAIRY if you’re in Europe. Repeat 3 times, to make 3 tablespoons. Get the wooden spoon and stir well, so the vinegar and soap mix with the water. Keep the stove on high heat and get your baking soda ready.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Let s make the Magic Cleaner explosive
Let’s make the Magic Cleaner explosive!
STEP 6: BAKING SODA IS LAST!

Fill 1/2 a cup with baking soda. I used about 1/3, but if your filters are really dirty go with 1/2 cup. Use the tablespoon to slowly add the soda to the hot water, one spoon at a time. If your water is too hot (or about to boil) be extra careful. TIP: You can add an ice cube to cool it down a bit. CAUTION: Baking soda will fizz as you add it to the hot water. Add one tablespoon at a time, stir, and wait a few seconds before you continue. If you see the cleaner “expanding” in your pot, turn the stove off -- or lower the flame to a minimum -- and continue adding the soda, a bit at a time, until you’re done.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Yes we re done Time to turn the stove off
Yes, we’re done. Time to turn the stove off.
STEP 7: IS IT BOILING YET? TURN THE STOVE OFF: WE’RE READY TO ROCK!

Keep stirring with the wooden spoon to make sure all ingredients -- especially the baking soda -- are well mixed. Keep the stove on until it begins boil, and then turn it off. Get your filters ready and let the fun begin!
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Put the filters in let the Dawn Love work
Put the filters in & let the Dawn Love work!
STEP 8: PLACE FILTERS IN THE POT TO GET THE GREASE OFF

Get the first filter and put it in the water. Let it sit for a few minutes. I pulled it out in 30 seconds and -- amazing! -- most of the grease had already dissolved! But I waited a few more minutes before turning it over. I couldn’t believe how quickly -- and easily -- the grease melted. Really! If yours is older or thicker, it may take a little longer. I found the solution to be very effective without needing to scrub. But if there’s still grease adhered to the filter, use a scrubber or an old toothbrush to remove it. TIP: Keep the filter in the pot while you’re scrubbing.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Turn it around to clean the other side
Turn it around to clean the other side
STEP 9: TURN FILTER AROUND

Unless you’re able to fully fit the filter in the pot, you still have the top area to clean. So turn it around and insert the top into the cleaning solution. TIP: Again use the toothbrush to remove any grease that is still there.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Use a small brush to rinse the cleaner off
Use a small brush to rinse the cleaner off
STEP 10: RINSE & BRUSH TO GET THE MAGIC LOVE OUT

Once you’re done, bring it to the sink and give it a good rinse to get rid of the remaining grease and soapy water. TIP: Use the brush to ensure the filter gets a good rinse, bringing the water into the grooves and getting rid of the remaining soap.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Keep going with filter 2 3 till you re done
Keep going with filter 2 & 3 till you’re done
STEP 11: KEEP GOING! WE’RE ALMOST DONE

Repeat STEP 8-10 with all your filters, scrubbing if necessary, and turning them around once the bottoms are clean. Again, once each filter is clean, give it a rinse and let it air dry. Now, we’re done!
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Let s do the hood next underside goes first
Let’s do the hood next: underside goes first
STEP 12: ALMOST DONE! BUT FIRST, LET’S CLEAN THE GREASE OFF THE HOOD.

That was easy, right? But I’d guess you also want to clean the hood. The good news is that you can use the same cleaner! CAUTION: Make sure the cleaner is not boiling hot, or you may end up with a scalded hand! Just dip the sponge/scrubber in enough to get it moist, without fully submerging your hand into the liquid. TIP: If it’s too hot, wait a bit until it cools down or add an ice cube. Either way, grab a sponge or scrubber and dip it in the Magic Cleaner. Squeeze to remove excess liquid. Gently rub the sponge on the hood, concentrating in the greasy spots. Rinse the sponge under the faucet as it gets dirty and keep moving until you’re done.
diy no rub magic cleaner degreaser for your kitchen hood, cleaning tips, kitchen design, Let s wrap this up shall we
Let’s wrap this up, shall we?
STEP 13: CLEAN THE TOP NEXT AND WE’RE DONE.

Repeat STEP 12 on the canopy, front, and sides, or as needed. Use a lint free rag or microfiber cleaning cloth to dry it. TIP: Don’t worry about the cleaner leaving streaks on the stainless steel, you can apply a steel cleaner for a seamless finish. CAUTION: Again, don’t use the solution if it’s still very hot, and make sure your hood is stainless steel, and not painted. Some appliances -- usually refrigerators -- have a stainless steel finish PAINT that looks like steel: The paint may get damaged with the solution. If you’re not sure, test it in a corner first! After you’ve finished cleaning the hood and once it’s dry, feel free to use a stainless steel cleaner to get rid of the streaks. There are a few out there, you can get them online or at your home center (Home Depot, etc.) Or you can try first with soapy water. Luckily, I didn’t need to use cleaner. I’m so happy with my NEW FILTERS! And the best part was how easy it was to get that grease off. If you enjoyed this post, and want to receive updates, follow me. And for more on kitchen cleaning, find how to get SPARKLING FAUCETS here - http://www.hometalk.com/22372615/quick-n-easy-non-toxic-diy-cleaner-to-make-your-faucet-sparkle-again - to make NON TOXIC WIPES check - http://www.hometalk.com/20996563/non-toxic-reusable-diy-cleaning-wipes - and to CLEAN YOUR BLINDS with tongs and chopstick go to http://www.hometalk.com/18742408/get-your-blinds-shining-with-a-dyi-tongs-chopsticks-tool- Next week I’ll be getting rid of pesky stains, often hard to remove. Stay tuned!
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  • Lisa
    on Aug 29, 2018

    I have white (well they used to be white) Kitchen cabinets. Do you think this will work on them ?



    • Hsc27719701
      on Oct 4, 2018

      I have painted cabinets and use Scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner on the. (Can use the cheaper brand also) Works great and hasn't damaged by cabinets in 3 years.

  • Sandra Tinsley
    on Sep 1, 2018

    The stove filters have a charcoal layer in them. Won't your method destroy the charcoal so they won't work?

    • Sugarbaker
      on Sep 3, 2018

      Hi Sandra. Not all have the charcoal layer, but I would say you're correct in thinking this may not be the clean method for you. Do you get replacement filters for grease build up?

  • Ale24786168
    on Sep 2, 2018

    Will this work in toaster oven walls?

    I used greased lightening on the hood frame. Also the old fashioned filters that look like woven ribbons of aluminum held in a frame can be put in a dishwasher.

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  • Lucy Swayngim
    on Aug 29, 2018

    If you want a totally non-toxic version of this, safe for humans, animals & food, substitute Basic H for the Dawn. You can get Basic H from any Shaklee Distributor. It will even work by itself but you won't get the show that the vinegar and baking soda provides. Kinkerdoo.

  • R. Medina
    on Oct 4, 2018

    Worked like a charm!

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