Friday, 4 May 2007

what it takes

do you know what it takes to clean up hobs and hood? well, even if you do, i am going to tell you anyway.

first, take off that shirt and show off those muscles. then, of course you gather around all those cleaning paste (in my case i used the one formerly known as jiff), rags and scrubber. and start by washing those oily dangling things in front of the hob. and dismantle everything that you could take out from the hob and hood to tackle those little nooks and corners.

then, tackle the hood. take out those oil sumps and scrape away those deposited grease into your trash, not the kitchen sink because it makes sense to do so. primary reason, you don't pollute the rivers and starve those oxygen for those poor fishes and other organisms trying to breathe in the rivers. it will also prevent you from another hassle of clearing up those clogged plumbing.

then, lather a generous amount of cleaning paste to your hood and wipe away all those grimes. don't forget those little nooks and corners of the hood and the hidden sides of the cabinet which will also be smothered with oily deposits. then, it is time to tackle those cakey black deposits hanging around those suction fans cage. then (curik from rotibabu- thanks gart and rotiroti) you could actually do this to make sure you get all those grimes and oil of the hood. well not that much bending required but you get the idea.

then, rinse off those oily and cleaning paste with a generous amount of water. by this time, you should be able to see the shiny hood that you thought you've seen before when you bought that hood. then, the third optional step would be to use a clean dry rag to polish off those stubborn oily trace.

repeat similar steps with tiles around the hob. and similar techniques could also be used to clean the hob, which should be the last one to avoid unnecessary repetitive cleaning.

it is also a prudent practise to use either a wire or in my case a disused metal saw bit to clear up those carbon deposits stuck in between the gaps of burner caps where the burning gas makes up the flame to ensure efficient blue burning flame. it has multiple benefits such as saving the environment while burning more efficiently, reduce the production of a more lethal greenhouse gas, carbon monoxide due to incomplete burning and lessen the risk of falling asleep while cooking and reduce those unnecessary scrubbing of the bottom of pots and pants.

so, moral of the story is, chuck away those stepper, sit-up machines and treadmill and head to your kitchen to exercise those fats away, beneficially instead of consuming energy to throw away your energy. and another point to ponder was, why they have not invented those self-cleaning hood when i bought that one 5 years ago, daymn!

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