Anyone who owns an air fryer knows how deliciously crispy it makes basically anything. From air fried brussels sprouts to tater tots to even steaks, air frying makes anything better. Not to mention, it doesn't use any oil, making low-calorie and healthy meals. However, to make sure your air fryer is working at its most effective, it's important to know how to clean your air fryer.
Similar to the instant pot, an air fryer is an alternate way to cook that's easier and quicker than the stove or oven. These magical appliances circulate hot air to cook food, resulting in a crispy and addicting snack or meal. While the texture of air fryer foods is similar to those cooked with a deep fryer, the air fryer accomplishes this without all the oil. You can find them in the home and kitchen section of many stores or online on Amazon.
Although you may be tempted to put your air fryer under the faucet for a quick clean, never submerge it in water. The main unit is electrical, so it'll be ruined with too much water. Another thing to avoid is using abrasive sponges or things like steel wool when removing food particles, as this could take off some of the non-stick coating on the surface. If your air dryer has a noticeably bad smell, put half a lemon in its basket for about 30 minutes.
Even though you can't place your whole air fryer into the dishwasher, there are a few parts that can go in for a standard cleaning. You don't need to clean it every time you use it, but it's best to do so after every few uses. The basket, tray and pan can either be put in the dishwasher or cleaned by hand with warm water and soap. However, make sure to check the manual before placing things in the dishwasher, since some air fryers are different than others.
To hand clean the inside of the air fryer, unplug your air fryer and use a damp cloth, hot water and a small amount of dish soap. Wipe everything down, remove the soap, and dry fully. Then reassemble! It's also recommended to check the heating coil of the air fryer for build-up or residue. If you see any, make sure it's cooled down, and then use a damp cloth with warm water to wipe it off.
Deep Clean Your Air Fryer
If you've had your air fryer for a while and have never cleaned it, or you've noticed that there's a lot of food buildup, it might be time to really get in there for a deep clean. First, collect the necessary supplies: a non-abrasive sponge or microfiber cloth, dish soap, baking soda, a scrub brush (or toothbrush) and dry cloth.
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To start a deep clean, begin by unplugging your air fryer and allowing it to completely cool off. Take out the air fryer basket and pans and wash thoroughly with hot soapy water. If you notice that the food or oil isn't coming off, soak them in soapy water for at least 10 minutes. Then, scrub with a non-abrasive sponge. You can also opt for the dishwasher if your parts are dishwasher safe.
While the parts soak or wash in the dishwasher, wipe down the interior of the air fryer, using your microfiber cloth or non-abrasive sponge with dish soap and warm water. Make sure all soap is removed from the crevices with a damp cloth. Then, turn your air fryer upside down and use a damp sponge to clean the heating element.
If you notice any bits of food stuck on the main unit, or if there is food residue that isn't coming off, make a cleaning paste with baking soda and water. Using a scrub brush, bristle brush or toothbrush, scrub the residue until removed. Then wipe the paste away with a warm, damp cloth. Afterward, make sure that soap is removed from all parts, and allow to dry before reassembling. Reassemble your air fryer and get ready to enjoy more delicious food!