How to clean the metal grilles on your cooker hood

They get greasy really quickly (and when oily drops start falling on the hob below, you know it’s time for action).

Most can go in the dishwasher on a hot wash, but if you don’t have one give them a good soak overnight in a hot strong washing soda solution – about a cup of crystals to 600ml hot water.

If they’re too big for the sink, stick them in the bath (line with a towel to stop scratches). If they’re still a bit greasy renew the solution and get the last of the gunk off with a nylon brush.