An air fryer cooks your food fast and conveniently, and anyone can use it, from 10-year-olds wanting some french fries and pizza rolls to the single mom cooking a quick meal after work. However, only mom will clean the air fryer. The kids will treat it like the toaster and microwave and just continue to cook food inside even with a foul odor emitting from the appliance because of trapped food particles.
The last thing you want to do is taste food that was previously cooked. Therefore, it’s important to know how to clean an air fryer and what you should and shouldn’t do when cleaning it.
Here you will find tips on cleaning an air fryer and how to make the cleaning process quick and easy.
You don’t need the following supplies every time you clean your air fryer, however, it is good to have these supplies on hand when you need them.
Supplies you will need to clean your air fryer:
- Cotton or microfiber cloths
- Non-abrasive sponge such as silicone
- Baking soda
- Soft bristle brush or toothbrush
- Dish soap
- Lemon or lemon juice
Read the manual first
Not all air fryers are made the same, so the first thing you want to do is check the manual for suggestions on cleaning it. Some brands have a section on how to clean an air fryer that you should follow. At least do this the first time that you use it, you don’t want to void any warranties because you didn’t scan the manual.
If you just purchased your air fryer, make sure that you wipe it down and wash all of the accessories including the rack, basket, and trays before plugging it in and using it.
Before every use, check to make sure there are no food particles stuck on the inside and do a quick wipe down with a soft damp cloth. Do not plug in the appliance until it is thoroughly dried.
After each use
It’s easier to clean the air fryer when you do it after each use. This will prevent food from caking up and food particles from getting trapped inside the air fryer. Who wants old food particles popping up in their food?
You simply unplug the appliance, let it cool down, and wipe it down with a damp microfiber cloth. Take the racks and trays and soak in hot soapy water, and use a silicone brush to clean. You can also put the removable parts in the dishwasher.
When it comes to how to clean an air fryer here are some things that you should keep in mind:
Regardless of the type of air fryer that you own, before you clean it, always unplug it and never use any metal utensils to grab trapped food stuck to the air fryer.
The basket, racks, and other accessories can be cleaned in the dishwasher or by submerging the parts in water with non-abrasive soap and a silicone scrubber.
Remember that the air fryer is composed of non-stick surfaces so whatever type of sponge or scrubber that you use to clean it should be soft to prevent scratching the air fryer.
If you don’t use your air fryer regularly, take a soft damp rag or sponge and wipe the inside of it to remove any dust it may have collected from sitting. Take a dry rag and make sure that it is completely dried before you plug it in and use it.
Never submerge the air fryer itself in water; it is an electric appliance. If food is stuck inside of the air fryer, use a toothbrush or silicone brush to gently remove any food particles.
If you have metal mesh screen trays, then you know what a nuisance it can be cleaning the trays with a regular dish sponge or scrubber, the best thing to use is a silicone scrubber. It will remove food, grease, oil, or any other residue stuck on the trays and you won’t find pieces of the sponge stuck in the mesh tray.
Clean the grease drip pan after every use to prevent it from building up and ruining your food. You can soak it in hot soapy water to remove the grease residue off the pan.
Ways to make cleaning easier
Here are some tips to use when cooking in your air fryer, to make the cleanup a seamless process.
- Brush a little oil in the basket or on the trays to keep food from sticking. Use oils with high smoke points such as soybean or safflower oil because the temperatures can get as high as 450 degrees.
- Line trays or baskets with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to block the airflow from circulating through the air fryer because that is how the food is cooked. You can poke holes in the foil or baking paper to help circulate the airflow.
- Avoid cooking with wet or cheesy foods or batter because it splatters and the food will stick when cooking.
- Always use the grease catching pan or tray to prevent grease and oils from dropping and sticking to the bottom of the air fryer.
Quick tips for deep cleaning and deodorizing:
No matter how often you clean your appliances, you should consider doing a quick deep cleaning of your air fryer.
You can make a paste with a little water and baking soda. Using a silicone brush or toothbrush, gently scrub the inside of the air fryer with the paste. Not only will it remove odors, but it will also remove food particles.
Sometimes the foods that we cook in the air fryer can cause odors, no matter how many times it is cleaned. To get rid of foul smells, place a lemon inside or you can squeeze some lemon juice inside and let it sit for at least 30 mins before wiping it down with a damp sponge or cloth, or rinse the basket and pan clean.
As you learned here today, cleaning your air fryer isn’t something to fear or dread. Following a few easy steps, the process is quick and easy.