You know when you see something on Pinterest (or Google, or a magazine) and you think, “Wow, that is a great idea! I’m going to try that!” Well, sometimes it’s easier said than done.
I came across an article about cleaning the oil splatters off your kitchen hood from The Manly Housekeeper. The article said to put a little bit of mineral oil on a paper towel, and the oil splatters will just wipe right off. Then looking into it I found another article from One Good Thing by Jillie saying she just used vegetable oil and it worked wonderfully for her kitchen hood, so I thought fantastic! I’m going to give this a try!
I was looking for a quick cleaning project today, and using a little oil on a paper towel seemed easy enough so I gave it a shot!
I poured a generous amount of oil onto the paper towel and wiped down the hood.
But nothing happened. And the paper towel was falling apart, so I switched to a cloth hoping it would help.
But it wasn’t doing anything. I started scratching the gunk and it turns out it was really thick. I’m guessing the gunk we inherited on our kitchen hood was about 25 years old. Sadly, a little oil did NOT help get rid of it.
Remembering the homemade goo gone I made a couple weeks ago, I decided to mix the oil with a little bit of baking soda – roughly equal parts, but a little heavier on the oil side.
I drizzled it over the hood:
And scrubbed (I scrubbed A LOT!) and it was starting to come off a little:
But this was not as quick a project as I had hoped. And it certainly wasn’t easy! Just look how bad it was when I scratched it off with my finger nail! (Although, some of that is baking soda… I hope…).
I scrubbed. For about 45 minutes.
And when it was all gone, I wiped it all down with a soapy sponge to make sure all the vegetable oil residue was gone too:
I would suggest covering your stove with a tea towel or something because it gets messy when the baking soda falls off. Yes, I even tried scraping with a fork (not the greatest plan) and toothpicks (not overly helpful).
After boat loads of elbow grease, look how clean my hood is now!
So again, here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
Yes, it’s still an old hood, but it works, so we aren’t getting rid of it quite yet.
I think if you have only a little bit of oil splatter gunk on your kitchen hood that the fighting oil with oil technique might work better. By all means, it’s so easy, why not give it a shot?! But with 25 years worth of build up, disappointingly, it did absolutely nothing for mine.
My arms are a little tired, but on the bright side we got rid of the previous owners’ dirt and my kitchen hood is now gleaming!