Safe and Chemical Free Kitchen Air Vent Cleaning
Cleaning up after cooking is not much fun, but the real chore is cleaning up after cooking several times. It doesn’t take long until grease and related things are everywhere: the floor, the walls, the refrigerator, the stove and places that make you wonder how it all got there. After you get those done, you might realize that you missed on important step: cleaning the kitchen air vent. The trick is, how do you clean it without making things worse.
Traditional household cleaners may do more harm than good, and you certainly don’t want those chemicals lingering over your stove. Researchers have estimated that 9 out of 10 poisonings comes from common household cleaners. Some of these poisonings may be short term, but some may result in lung diseases such as asthma and cause repeated asthma attacks.
Some of the results of these toxic chemicals may not reveal themselves for many years. Some doctors blame these chemicals on everything from cancer to rashes and depression to hormonal dysfunction. Not only do these substances affect people, but they affect pets as well. You have to ask yourself if it is worth using those products, or would you rather use a chemical-free cleaner around your stove and on the kitchen air vent.
Of course, the kitchen air vent is not the easiest thing in the house to clean because you have to clean the whole duct. If you are handy at that type of thing, you can do it yourself. Fortunately, you can clean the over-the-stove vent easily, but when it comes time for a thorough cleaning of the entire duct vent, you will probably need to hire a professional. First, we will go over some of the best eco-friendly air vent cleaners.
Environmentally Safe Air Vent Cleaners
Safe cleaners should be nontoxic and biodegradable. If you are considering purchasing a product and the label is riddled with warnings, it’s probably not what you want. If it has any cautions about poisoning, it’s definitely not what you want.
For a simple natural cleaner, you can use a combination of hot water and an all-natural dish soap to clean the hood vent that is over the stove. If you choose to use a detergent rather than soap, make sure it is biodegradable.
A combination of white vinegar and citrus may be strong enough to do the job safely. Another product that is environmentally safe and cuts grease is washing soda aka Sodium Carbonate, or soda ash. That is not to be confused with baking soda, but it is a close relative. Like baking soda, it will also remove odors. You must wear rubber gloves when cleaning with it because it may irritate the skin.
Quick Steps for Cleaning the Kitchen Range Vent
In the vent hood, you will see the filters. Gently pull these out of their housing. Allow them to soak for a while in hot, soapy water. After the grease starts to come loose, wash them with a brush, rag or sponge. If the grease is stubborn, try one of the other solutions recommended above.
Hiring Someone to Do the Deeper Dirty Work
Unless you are very knowledgeable about cleaning air ducts, you are better off to hire a professional service to clean the kitchen exhaust. While they are cleaning, they can also check for potential problems and leaks. If any lubrication is needed on fans or other moving parts, they can do that, too. Just be sure to hire a company that does green cleaning. It should be using the same basic cleaners that you would use yourself – those that are free of toxic chemicals, biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
A good tip to remember is to clean the air vent over your stove often. When it gets dirty, it sucks up dirt and grease into the main duct. That can cause problems later, or it can cause you to have to call a professional cleaning service more often. It can also cause kitchen fires.