Loving Your Air Fryer? Learn How To Clean It!

Air fryer machine cooking potato fries in kitchen

Did you get a new air fryer over the holidays? Have you had one for a while, but haven’t been sure how to really get it clean? Countertop appliances can be intimidating and not the easiest things to clean, but we’ve got some tips from The Kitchn to help you properly clean your air fryer.

The Dos

The easiest way to clean your air fryer is simple. Clean it after every use. This might seem annoying and tedious, but trust us when we say it will be easier than letting the crusty potato sit at the bottom of the fry basket for days. Luckily, an air fryer doesn’t use tons of oil or greasy so you won’t have the mess to deal with. Check your user manual to find out which parts are dishwasher safe to make the cleaning process even easier. As you get used to cleaning the air fryer after each use, it will become easier and you will be done in a flash.

The Don’ts

There are a few things you want to avoid when cleaning your air fryer. Following these tips will help your air fryer work properly and last longer. Don’t use metal, steel wool, or abrasive sponges to clean your air fryer. Most air fryers have a nonstick coating and these materials can scratch and remove that coating. This will cause your delicious meals to stick and make a mess. You might think this next tip to avoid is a given, but it happens. Do not put your air fryer in water. Some parts are water-safe and even dishwasher-safe, but the main unit is an electrical appliance and can not be submerged in water.

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Basic Steps To Cleaning

Be sure to unplug your air fryer before cleaning. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the outside and inside. Use a non-abrasive sponge to wipe down the heating element. Make sure your air fryer is no longer hot. Scrub dirty spots and hard food with a baking soda and water mixture. Check if the basket and pan are dishwasher-safe and soak them first if there are any hard bits. Let everything air dry for a few hours before reassembling and storing your air fryer.

Cleaning your air fryer after each use will keep it lasting longer and allow you to air fry whenever you please with ease!