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.
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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.
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.
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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Anum Basit, the organizing maven and cleaning aficionado behind KitchenFreak, is a devoted stay-at-home mom with a knack for turning chaos into calm. With a passion for writing and a decade of hands-on experience managing a busy household, Anum has cultivated a deep understanding of space utilization, effective cleaning techniques, and sustainable maintenance practices. Her home has become her laboratory, where she experiments with different strategies and shares her findings on her blog.
KitchenFreak began as a way for Anum to document her journey towards creating a clutter-free, easy-to-maintain, and clean kitchen. Today, it’s a go-to resource for fellow parents and homemakers seeking practical advice on kitchen organization, maintenance, and cleaning hacks.
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