So, you got a new air fryer, and now wondering how to clean air fryer?
You have come to the right place. In this article, you’ll discover how to clean air fryer easily with these hacks and tricks.
The air fryer is an amazing kitchen appliance and has been my all-time favorite since I’ve got it. It’s handy to cook food faster in comparison to the traditional cooking method and with less oil/ no oil at all.
I’m sure that you’re loving the air fryer and enjoying the air-fried healthy food. But most of you might not have an idea how to clean air fryer.
In this article, I’ll share the air fryer cleaning hacks that are easy, simple, and require less effort. I’ll be answering the most frequently asked questions and don’t miss out on the air fryer deep-cleaning methods and air fryer cleaning tips.
How to clean air fryer?
Some of you might be thinking, is it necessary to clean the air fryer after each use? Yes, it’s important to clean because the cooked food that remains in the basket might cause food poisoning and nobody wants poisoning along with the food.
And the food that remains behind the basket will burn which can affect your recipe and also cause your air fryer to smoke.
But cleaning an air fryer is a lot easier than you might think.
Most of the air fryers are dishwasher friendly, but before you have to confirm if your air fryer is dishwasher friendly. Go through your manual carefully and confirm yours.
Here are the step-by-step instructions to clean your air fryer after every use.
What you’ll need:
Soft-bristle scrub brush /clean dry cloth
Unplugging the air fryer:
Before you start cleaning your air fryer, turn off and unplug the air fryer. Let it cool completely and disassemble the air fryer by removing the basket and pan/drawer from the air fryer.
Do not immerse the main unit (air fryer) in the water that damages the electrical components.
Cleaning the air fryer parts:
Clean the air fryer basket and drawer with warm soapy water using a soft sponge or cloth-no abrasives. If your air fryer is dishwasher safe you can use the dishwasher to clean. Check the manual given with the air fryer to confirm if your air fryer is dishwasher-safe.
And clean the inside of the air fryer using a damp microfiber cloth or damp dish towel with a small amount of dish soap.
After that wipe any soap remaining with a clean damp cloth.
Remove grease and baked-on food:
If you have any stubborn grease or baked-on food in the basket or drawer, allow them to soak in hot soapy water until they are soft enough to wash.
Gently scrub the grease with a non-abrasive sponge or a soft-bristled brush to remove.
If your air fryer is non-stick, you should be more careful because you don’t want to scratch the non-stick coating. You shouldn’t use any metal utensils or other rough tools to clean your air fryer.
Clean the exterior part of the air fryer:
Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe out the outside of the main unit (air fryer). Wipe the grease or any food from the heating element. You should make sure the air fryer is unplugged and completely cooled down before cleaning the heating element.
Reassemble the air fryer:
Let all the parts and the main unit dry before you reassemble. Always store your air fryer unplugged and upright when not used.
Air fryer deep-cleaning
Deep-cleaning an air fryer once or twice a month is good. You can deep-clean your air fryer just by using some baking soda and water.
You can follow this step-by-step air fryer deep-cleaning method:
The first step is to unplug the air fryer and let them cool completely.
Make a thick paste just by adding enough water into baking soda.
Take a soft-bristle scrub brush dip into the baking soda paste and thoroughly scrub the interior of the air fryer.
Then, rinse the brush off and use the same brush to rinse the baking soda paste from the air fryer you just scrubbed.
Use a damp cloth to wipe any excess paste and dry the inside of the air fryer and your air fryer is completely clean.
Air fryer cleaning tips
There are different things you can use to clean your air fryer. You can choose any of the following ways to clean yours.
You might be thinking about how to clean air fryer basket with baking soda?
You can soak in a baking soda paste for the stubborn baked-on and grease in your air fryer basket.
Just mix enough water in the baking soda and make a thick paste. Spread it on the stubborn grease and let it sit for a while and it should come out easily.
Vinegar and Water
Vinegar is a very safe cleaning solution and is available in every kitchen. You can use vinegar and water to clean your air fryer. Mix ⅓ cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and transfer it into a spray bottle. Use it to clean all of the areas of your air fryer.
You can simply use dish soap to clean your air fryer. Take a few drops of dish soap on a sponge, soak it in the water, and clean your air fryer.
All-purpose cleaners can be handy to many of us. Just spray it over the inside and outside of the air fryer and wipe it off using a clean cloth. Dry it and you're ready to go.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions.
Do you have to clean air fryer after every use?
Yes, it’s better if you clean the air fryer after every use but not in a dishwasher. You can simply wipe off the dirt if you have not cooked any kind of greasy food.
What to wash occasionally?
Outside of the air fryer can be occasionally cleaned. As the air fryer uses less oil to cook you don’t need to clean the air fryer exteriorly. Always unplug before you start cleaning.
How do you clean the inside of an air fryer?
You can clean the inside of an air fryer using a damp cloth dipped in warm soapy water. But don’t immerse the whole unit (air fryer) into the water; this can damage the heating element of the air fryer.
You can take off the basket and drawer and clean them as mentioned in the above points.
How do you remove sticky oil from air fryer?
To remove sticky oil from the air fryer you can simply dip the air fryer basket in the warm soapy water for enough time. And that should get off easily.
If this process doesn’t work, you can make a baking soda paste by adding enough water to the baking soda. Spread the sticky area on the basket and let it soak. It’ll clean all the sticky oil from the air fryer.
How do I get rid of the smell in my air fryer?
Sometimes the smell might remain in the air fryer even after it's cleaned. In such a case, you can cut a lemon in half and rub it all over the air fryer basket and drawer, let it sit for 30-40 minutes. Rinse the basket and drawer the smell should be gone.
Wrapping it up!
I hope this article gave you an idea of how to clean air fryer. Cleaning an air fryer is simple and easy.
You can clean the air fryer basket and drawer after each use and make a routine to clean the air fryer inside and outside.
The bottom line of this article is that if you take care of your gadgets it lasts for a longer period. And the air fryer is worth buying.
Don’t forget to check our mouth-watering air fryer recipes.