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How to Clean an Air Fryer

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Compared to deep fryers or traditional frying method, air fryers are less messy as it uses very less or no oil for cooking.

So, obviously the cleaning shouldn’t take much time. However, it isn’t as easy as this sounds.

While air-frying, some of the oil, grease or fat from the food drips into the pull-out drawer and on the heating element. This may not be clear for few fries but over the time, you will experience foul smells and smokes.

This is the reason why, it is important to clean every nook and cranny of the air purifier after every use.

In this article, let’s explore an easy process of cleaning an air fryer.

What You Should Not Do When Cleaning Your Air Fryer?

Before you start cleaning your air fryer, there are certain don’ts that one needs to learn. Let

us have a look at what they are:

Don’ts When Cleaning

  • Do not use abrasive scrubbers, sharp-pointed things like a knife, metal utensils, etc., to clean the air fryer, as it may scratch the non-stick coating of the appliance.
  • Do not immerse your air fryer in water for cleaning! You can wash the removable parts in water or using a dishwasher. But not the entire unit. Since it is an electric device, doing so might ruin the appliance.

Now that we know what we should avoid when cleaning, let us move forward with the actual cleaning process.

When Should You Clean The Air Fryer?

The very first question that strikes our mind is, “How often should I clean my air fryer?” If that is your question, too, here is the answer.

1. After Each Use

You should clean your air fryer each time you use it. Make sure you wash the removable parts like basket, tray, and pan using soap and warm water. You can also put these in a dishwasher, provided they are dishwasher-safe. (Refer to the user manual to confirm the same.)

If there is a grease residue on the basket or pan, soak it in hot water and dish detergent for about 10 to 20 minutes. Soaking will loosen food or residues. Now take it out and use a scrub brush to remove the grease carefully.

You should not neglect cleaning the interior, as well. Use a damp cloth with a dash of dishwashing liquid over it to wipe the inside of the air fryer. After cleaning all the parts, make sure you dry them completely before reinstalling them.

For any unpleasant odours from the lingering food, we recommend using lemon juice for cleaning. Take half a slice of lemon and wipe it down the basket. You can even use a cloth soaked in lemon juice to wipe the pan. After wiping, allow it to sit for about 30 minutes and then wash in water. This will eliminate the odours from the basket or pan.

2. After Every Few Uses

Clean the outside of the air fryer after every few uses. Unlike the interiors, you will not have to clean the exteriors regularly because there is a little oil or greasy residue. Unplug the device first and allow it to cool down. Then take a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior. Make sure you do this after every couple of uses.

The other thing that you need to pay attention to when cleaning is the coil. See if there is any oil or residue on the heating coil and, then wipe it with a damp cloth.

How to Clean an Air Fryer?

Follow the below step-by-step cleaning process to give a thorough clean to your device inside and out.

This Is All You Need:

  • Damp microfiber cloth or non-abrasive sponge
  • Dishwashing liquid or soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Scrub brush with soft bristles
  • Clean and dry cloth

Instructions:

1. Unplug Air Fryer

The initial step in the cleaning process is to unplug the air fryer. After unplugging it, allow the device to cool down for at least 30 minutes. Once done, take out all the removable parts from the appliance like the baskets, pans, etc., and wash them.

2. Clean Air Fryer Parts

  • If there is a grease residue on the parts, soak it in hot water and dish soap for about 10 minutes.
  • After taking them out, use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub them.
  • You can also put these in a dishwasher if they are dishwasher-safe. However, refer to the user manual to check whether you can do the same.

3. Clean Air Fryer Interior

After you finish cleaning the removable parts, shift your focus to the interior. This is how you can do it:

  • Take a damp microfiber cloth or a non-abrasive sponge.
  • Add a little bit of dishwashing liquid or soap to it.
  • Use it to wipe the inside of the air fryer.
  • Now, take a clean damp cloth to wipe away the soap.

Cleaning the heating element:

  • To clean the heating element, turn the air fryer upside down.
  • Take a damp microfiber cloth or non-abrasive sponge to wipe the heat source.

Cleaning the residue on the appliance:

If there is grease or baked residue on the device, follow the below steps.

  • Take baking soda and water in equal portions to form a paste.
  • Take a soft-bristle scrub brush and dip it in this cleaning mixture.
  • Use this brush to scrub the residue and gently remove it.
  • After removing it, wipe it with a clean cloth.

4. Clean Air Fryer Exterior

The outside of the air fryer also needs equal attention. Below are the steps for cleaning:

  • Take a damp microfiber cloth.
  • Add a little bit of dishwashing liquid or soap to it.
  • Use it to wipe the outside of the air fryer.
  • Now, take a clean damp cloth to wipe away the soap.

Note: Never immerse your air fryer in the water for cleaning. It will damage the electrical components inside the appliance.

5. Reassemble Air Fryer

After you finish cleaning the air fryer, make sure you dry all the removable parts, the interior and exterior completely before reinstalling them.

After reassembling, store the unplugged device carefully when not in use.

Other Air Fryer Cleaning Solutions

Here are some of the other cleaning methods to deep clean your air fryer using household ingredients.

1. Vinegar and Water

You can use vinegar and water to clean the removable parts of your air fryer, including the interior.

This is all you need:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Clean Damp Cloth

Instructions:

  • Prepare a cleaning solution using three parts of water and one part vinegar.
  • Transfer this solution into a spray bottle.
  • Spray the cleaning solution on all areas of the fryer, i.e., the removable parts, interior.
  • Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Now, take a clean damp cloth to wipe down the air fryer.

2. All-Purpose Cleaner

You may also an all-purpose cleaner to clean the inside and outside of your air fryer. It is safe and gives the best results.

This is all you need:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Clean Damp Cloth
  • Dry Cloth

Instructions:

  • Spray the all-purpose cleaner on all areas of the fryer, i.e., the removable parts, interior, and exterior.
  • Now, take a clean damp cloth to wipe down the air fryer.
  • After wiping, dry the air fryer completely using a dry cloth.

Tips to Use an Air fryer 

You might be following a regular cleaning routine for your air fryer. That is appreciable. But do not forget that it needs little extra care when handling and using the device to ensure it does not get damaged. Try the useful tips below to maintain the device defect-free.

  • Always refer to the user manual before you start cooking any recipe in your air fryer.
  • When using the air fryer, place the food in the pan carefully. Ensure that it does not come in contact with the heating element.
  • Use a toothpick to clean the holes of the perforated basket and remove the food stuck inside them.
  • Never overfill the basket, pan, or tray. If necessary, cook the food in batches. This helps the food to get cooked properly. Also, it prevents the food particles from entering the heating element.
  • Always check the air fryer cord before plugging it in the socket. Ensure that you are not putting a damaged cord in the electric outlet. This may cause serious injuries and may even result in death.
  • Always clean the appliance and ensure it is dust-free if you are using it after a long period. Check for any technical faults in the device before you start using it.
  • If you notice any dirt or food residues on the air fryer, clean it using a cloth. After cleaning, you can use the appliance for cooking.
  • Never place the air fryer near a wall or any other electronic device. See it to that there is a minimum distance of about four inches between the air fryer and a wall or other electronic appliance. This ensures proper airflow.
  • Check for the position of an air fryer before you start cooking. Always place the device on a stable heat-proof surface.
  • Handle the removable parts of the air fryer like pan, tray, basket carefully and ensure they are in the best condition. In case of any damage or defect, contact the customer service immediately and replace them, if needed.

How often should I clean my air fryer?

To ensure your air fryer is free from dust, debris, and other greasy particles, you should clean the appliance after every use or after a couple of uses.

When you are cooking in batches, remove the debris or other spills on the appliance. Allow the device to cool down, and then wipe out the particles carefully using a paper towel. Repeat this process without fail between the batches.

Can I use a layer of parchment or foil in the basket?

Although some recipes require a layer of parchment, too much layering or using aluminium foil may block the air circulation. Besides that, small pieces tend to fly around and get stuck and burn on the heating element. We recommend using air fryer paper lines with holes for messier recipes.

Can I Use a Flaking Non-stick basket?

If you notice the non-stick coating on the basket flaking, do not use it. Instead, call customer service immediately and replace the basket. If needed, ask the retailer to replace the air fryer.

Conclusion:

It is essential to clean and maintain your air fryer frequently to ensure the long life of the appliance. I hope this article provided you all the information on the cleaning regime. Now that you know how to do it, try it and let us know your response.

You can share your experience by writing to us in the comments section below. You can also let us know which method proved to be effective for you. If you need more information or have any questions, do mention them. If you have any feedback or inputs for us, do not hesitate to post them. We would love to hear and learn from you.

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