Your air fryer is likely to be a kitchen gadget that you are making use of right now. They are so easy to use and very cost-effective.

However, if you don’t use air fryer liners then they can get greasy and dirty quickly, especially if you are using them frequently. So I wanted to share with you some of the best ways to clean an air fryer. It isn’t as complicated as you might think. 

air fryer with twin drawers

Make sure your air fryer is switched off

One of the first things you will need to do is ensure that your air fryer is switched off and unplugged. Take out the compartment and air fryer basket you would cook the food in and set it aside ready to clean.

Just separate the removable parts and keep the main air fryer and heating element away from the sink or water. As it is an electrical appliance it isn’t safe to have water close by. 

You don’t need any fancy cleaning products or equipment

Many people might think that you need a specific air fryer cleaner or need to use specialist equipment to clean your air fryer but it is actually really simple to do.

You don’t need anything too specific, hot water and your standard dish soap will work just fine. You need a dishcloth or a soft sponge to help wipe away stubborn grease or leftover residue of food, but that’s it.

Make a bowl of soapy warm water and use your sponge or cloth to wipe around inside the tray and insert of the air fryer to get rid of food residue.

Soaking and wiping clean 

If there are any particularly stubborn burnt-on bits or baked-on grease then you can leave the air fryer compartment to soak in warm soapy water to help loosen them up.

You can then wipe clean as above. It is also a good idea to clean the inside of an air fryer tray on the actual appliance as well as the outside of the air fryer.

You can also use the dishcloth to wipe over the whole of the air fryer to keep everything clean. 

Dry thoroughly 

Before reassembling your air fryer you will want to make sure that it has dried thoroughly.

You can leave it to drip and air dry if you have time, or use a towel to wipe away any water and soap inside of the air fryer tray.

A paper towel will also help to dry the air fryer. Then reassemble the air fryer parts ready to use again next time. 

Is your air fryer compartment and insert dishwasher safe?

It is also worth checking the manual as to whether parts of your air fryer are dishwasher safe.

You can then save a lot of time and effort simply by putting them into the dishwasher and letting it do the hard work for you. 

Does your air fryer need a deep clean?

Sometimes you might find that dish soap is not going to be enough and deep cleaning of your air fryer is needed.

This is when using a paste made with baking soda and water can be abrasive enough to get rid of stubborn food particles without causing damage to the nonstick coating.

Make sure you use a non-abrasive sponge when using this paste. Once you have applied the paste you can rinse it off with warm soapy water and clean it as suggested above. 

I hope these tips help you to clean your air fryer.

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