Say Goodbye to Grease and Grime: Expert Air Fryer Cleaning Hacks for a Longer Lifespan

Air fryers have been gaining popularity in the last few years, especially during covid, as people started preferring home-cooked meals. There are tons of air fryer recipes you can follow to make any meal of your choice with little effort compared to conventional frying methods. Also, the most significant benefit of an air fryer is that it makes food with a perfect crispy texture while using a little amount of oil. However, ease often comes with a few challenges too. Cleaning an air fryer is one of the challenges you face after using it. If you want to know more about cleaning an air fryer, keep reading!

Regularly deep cleaning an air fryer improves its life. I have compiled some tried and tested air fryer cleaning hacks below for you all. These tips will help you maintain your air fryer with minimal effort, from removing tough grease to preventing buildup. 

Tips for cleaning air fryer basket

Wash the Air fryer basket right after use

The more time passes, the more stubborn food particles become, and it turns out to be nearly impossible to clean the air fryer. Thus, it is highly recommended to regularly wash the air fryer basket after every air frying session. Right after the cooking/frying, the stains are fresh and thus soft, so it is easier to clean them. You can use the soft side of the dish washing sponge with soap and warm water to remove any food particles attached to the surface of the air fryer basket. You can also soak all the removable non-electric parts of the air fryer in soap and water mixture for a thorough clean up. 

Clean the air fryer with dish soap and vinegar mixture

Another viral hack for cleaning an air fryer is adding one tablespoon of dish soda and a scoop full of baking soda to the basket. Then fill the basket with hot water and let it sit for 30 minutes. Drain all the soapy water and rinse the basket thoroughly to achieve a sparkly and stainless air fryer basket. This quick and easy trick will reduce all the grease and grime from the basket, making it sparkling clean with no effort.

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Don’t forget to clean the heating element

An air fryer’s heating element doesn’t have to be cleaned regularly. However, it can accumulate fat and food with time. So it would be best to clean it occasionally to keep your air fryer in excellent working condition. To clean the heating element, please wait until it is cooled down completely. Wipe the heating element gently with a damp cloth or soft sponge dipped in warm soapy water. If needed, flip the air fryer upside down to reach the heating element better. 

Wipe the exterior body

At times, cooking does cause splashes on the air fryer, making it go all dirty with food and grease. Occasionally, wipe the exterior body of the air fryer with a sponge or damp towel to keep it shiny and spotless. 

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Try these air fryer cleaning hacks, and let me know in the comments if this article is helpful. You might also like my previous article on oven cleaning hacks. Also, don’t forget to check our blog to read more about kitchen cleaning and organization.¬†

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FAQS

Can I wash my air fryer basket in the dishwasher?

Dishwashers are not the best choice. The non-stick coating of the basket may become damaged due to high temperatures and harsh cleaning substances. However, read the instructions carefully; if your air fryer is dishwasher safe, you can try it.

How often should I clean my air fryer?

You should clean your air fryer after every use to prevent buildup and maintain its performance. If you use it frequently, you should clean it once a week.

How can I clean the basket and tray of my air fryer?

To clean the basket and tray of your air fryer, soak them in warm soapy water for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a soft sponge or brush to scrub them gently. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

Can I use abrasive cleaners to clean my air fryer?

No, you should avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, as they can scratch the surface of your air fryer. Instead, use a soft sponge or cloth to clean it.

How do I clean the heating element of my air fryer?

Use a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush to clean the heating element gently. Unplug the air fryer and allow it to cool completely before cleaning.

How can I remove stubborn stains or grease from my air fryer?

You can use baking soda and water to paste and apply them to the stained area. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it gently with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

Can I clean the outside of my air fryer with water?

No, you should avoid getting water on the outside of your air fryer. Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe it down.

Can I put the basket and tray of my air fryer in the dishwasher?

Yes, most air fryer baskets and trays are dishwasher safe. However, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions to confirm

How can I prevent odours from building up in my air fryer?

To prevent odours, wipe down the interior of your air fryer with a damp cloth after every use. You can also place a small bowl of vinegar in the air fryer and run it for a few minutes to eliminate any odours.

Are there any cleaning products specifically designed for air fryers?

Yes, some manufacturers offer cleaning products that are designed specifically for air fryers. However, you can also use household items such as baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap to clean your air fryer.

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