Step-By-Step Guide on How to Clean Your Air Fryers
Air fryers have become an essential appliance for any modern kitchen, many people have fell in love with how versatile they are, but it's their ability to make cooking healthier, faster and simpler what makes us think they are here to stay for a long time.
But we know that to ensure a long life for any appliance, proper care and maintenance is required, and conveniently, air fryers are fairly easy to clean, and you just need products you probably already have at home.
Cleaning an air fryer is no different than cleaning any other piece of cookware, it just depends on the design of the basket and if the heating elements get splattered with grease.
View our video on some handy cleaning tips to get that Air Fryer as good as new
How often should you clean your air fryer?
We recommend a light cleaning to the basket of your air fryer after every use, so that dirt and residues doesn't become baked on. Small crumbs can also burn if not cleaned out, which may alter the flavour of whatever you are cooking and cause odors or malfunctions. Keep in mind that the longer something sticky sits in the air fryer, the harder it is to clean off, and on the other hand, cleaning your air fryer frequently will make the job easier.
For light cleaning:
Unplug it and let it cool down after using it, take out the basket, pan, or tray and wash it in your sink with warm water and dish soap. Let it dry completely.
In the meantime, wipe down the interior of the fryer, including the heating element, with a damp, soapy cloth, sponge or paper towel, then, wipe it again with a clean damp, cloth, and then finish with a dry cloth.
For deep cleaning:
If you have baked-on food on your air fryer’s basket/pan/tray you can treat it much like you would a nonstick pan.
Water and heat will help lift off cooked-on grease and debris easily, so add a cup of water to your air fryer basket, turn it on a high setting for a few minutes, and leave it alone. You'll find when you open the drawer that a lot of the debris and residues will have effortlessly lifted without any scrubbing or soap, easy job.
Still sticky or messy parts?
Another cleaning method consists of making up a paste of baking soda and water and place it onto the stubborn parts. Leave this to work for 20 minutes, or, if you’re short on time, gently buff this solution with an old toothbrush.
You can also try submerging them in hot, soapy water for around 30 minutes, then, lightly scrub them with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Lastly, If your air fryer remains too greasy on the inside, try the water and high heat setting trick, but add a bit of dish soap to it (be sure you're using a grease fighter dish soap).
Are Air fryers dishwasher safe?
Yes, technically you could put them in there, but we'd advise you to not do that. Why? well, first because hand washing them is simply better, dishwashers use higher temperatures than hand-washing, and the chemicals in dishwashing tablets can be more powerful than classic dish soap, these two factors can combine to damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer.
We're not saying you should never put your air fryer on a dishwasher, but make sure the dirt actually justifies it, because it can be an unnecessary risk since it takes no time at all to clean the basket by hand. We understand that some food can be harder to wash by hand but in those cases just let it soak for a bit or use the methods mentioned above.
*A tip to make it easier to clean your air fryer after cooking is using disposable aluminum foil or parchment paper liners*
Make sure to check your owner's manual to get specific directions and confirm all of these are appropriate to use with your model