How To Clean Air Fryer
Air fryers have quickly become one of the most popular kitchen appliances. With the ability to cook just about anything without oil, air fryers are both convenient and incredibly healthy, which is why they are found in most kitchens nowadays.
However, like with an oven or a frying pan, air fryers need to be cleaned properly to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Regular cleaning also helps to prevent a build-up of burnt food, grease, and crumbs that could lead to a smoky kitchen if you ignore the maintenance requirements of an air fryer.
To avoid shortening the lifespan of your air fryer and to make the most out of the food you cook inside it, you’ll need to commit to regular cleaning.
While some parts of an air fryer are fairly easy to clean, other parts can be a bit more complicated. Here is everything you need to know about how to clean an air fryer!
How To Clean Air Fryer
First and foremost, if parts of your air fryer are dishwasher-safe, then this can save a lot of time in the cleaning process.
However, if you don’t have access to a dishwasher or you don’t have the time to wait for a dishwasher cycle to finish before you need to use the air fryer, you’ll have to turn to other cleaning techniques.
Here are our top tips on how to clean an air fryer!
1. Unplug The Air Fryer
While this might sound fairly obvious, you’ll be surprised by how many people forget this vital step when they start to clean their air fryer.
Turning off the air fryer will cut off the electricity supply, and considering you’re about to use a lot of water, you might want to avoid getting electrocuted.
Even though most air fryers come with removable trays that can be pulled out of the machine, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
2. Wipe With Paper Towel
Make sure to wipe away any residue from grease and crumbs with a dry paper towel. Air fryers naturally collect grease from fries and meat, which can solidify when the air fryer cools down.
As it’s not easy to wipe away grease with water, it’s best to use dry paper towels to help the cleaning process.
3. Wash The Basket
Fill your sink with warm soapy water and get some sponges ready. Remove the basket and let it soak in the water as you start to clean it with a sponge.
While you might feel tempted to use a scourer or something more abrasive than a sponge to get rid of stubborn food marks, this isn’t the best cleaning solution.
Most air fryers come with a non-stick coating which helps to prevent food from sticking without the help from oil.
When you use an abrasive material like a scouring pad, this can be harsh enough to remove the non-stick coating, which will only result in food sticking to the basket in the future.
If you are struggling to remove any stubborn food inside the basket, leave the basket to soak in the warm soapy water for 10 minutes.
This should allow enough time for the water to loosen the stubborn food for you to scrub it away with a sponge.
Once you have cleaned both the whole of the basket - including the inside, outside, and between the holes - you can either leave it to dry on a drying rack or dry it by hand with a clean cloth.
4. Clean The Exterior Air Fryer
Cleaning an air fryer isn’t just about cleaning the basket! The exterior of the air fryer unit will naturally pick up dirt and grease the more you use it, so make sure to wipe the unit with a damp cloth or antibacterial wipes to get rid of any bacteria.
This is the main reason why you should turn the air fryer off before cleaning it, because it gives you enough freedom to clean around and on the buttons without fear of turning it on.
5. Clean The Interior Heater
This step doesn’t need to be made every time you clean the basket and exterior of the air fryer, but it’s good to tackle the interior heater now and then.
This is probably the toughest part of the air fryer to clean, because you shouldn’t really allow water to come into contact with the heating element.
We recommend laying the air fryer on its back and creating a paste of baking soda and water. Ensure that the paste isn’t too loose, as this can encourage water particles to enter the heating element.
Apply the paste all over the heater and wait for it to dry. Then, scrub the dried paste away with a toothbrush and ensure that all the baking soda has been cleaned away.
Allow the heating element to air dry or wipe it with a clean cloth before you use it again.
How Often Should You Clean An Air Fryer?
The basket of the air fryer should be cleaned after every use. Without sticking to this maintenance requirement, you run the risk of allowing food to burn and stick to the basket, resulting in a gross build-up of stubborn grease and burnt bits of food.
This will only make it harder to clean in the future, not to mention how unhygienic it is. You should also make an effort to wipe the exterior of the air fryer unit after every use or when necessary.
You don’t have to clean the interior heating element of the air fryer after every use, however. We recommend committing to cleaning the heater at least once a week depending on how often you use the air fryer.
Without cleaning the heater, there’s a high chance of oils seeping into the element, emitting disgusting smells and smoke from the air fryer. This can significantly decrease the lifespan of the unit.
So, there you have it! As you can see, it’s not hard to clean an air fryer. If you commit to these maintenance requirements, you can significantly extend the lifespan of the air fryer and the quality of the food made.