If you have an air fryer, chances are good that you have had to clean it at least once after using it. However, did you know that there is a preferred method for keeping your air fryer clean and ready to use? Follow the tips we have outlined below to be sure you always have the cleanest air fryer possible.
There are many different reasons why you might need to clean your air fryer. Get ready to do some cleaning if any of these applies to your product.
- Clean your air fryer when you notice an unpleasant smell in your kitchen.
- If you find the cooking tray or basket to be sticky or grimy, be sure to clean it.
- If your food is not cooking evenly or sticks to the cooking basket, cleaning the components may help.
- The heating element or fan may need to be cleaned if you notice a lot of smoke coming from your fryer.
- Of course, if you can see visible dirt or stuck-on food, it is time to clean your air fryer.
Cleaning the Removable Pieces
The removable pieces of an air fryer are the easiest to keep clean. Check out our tips for washing these parts of your appliance.
- Unplug the air fryer and remove all the pieces you can.
- Some air fryer components are dishwasher safe. Check your fryer’s manual to see if yours are.
- If not, rinse the basket, grill tray, and any other pieces with hot water.
- Add some dish washing liquid and let soak for 20 minutes.
- Clean using a soft-bristle brush.
- Dry completely with paper towels.
Cleaning the Outside
The outside of the air fryer can be easily cleaned by following these simple tips. Be sure not to clean the outside of your appliance improperly, to avoid damage.
- Although hot oil should not splash onto your air fryer, since you will be using little to no oil while you cook, the outside may become dirty.
- Unplug the air fryer.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe down the outside of the appliance.
- Remove the baking tray and wipe down the inside of the cooking compartment.
- Dry everything with a paper towel thoroughly.
Cleaning the Fan Component and Heater
The heating element and fan component may be difficult to reach in your fryer. If you can reach them, be sure to clean them out as regularly as possible.
- Unplug the air fryer.
- Use a scrub brush with a soft bristle. Do not use hard bristles on the heating element.
- Gently scrub the heating coil with warm water. Do not use soap.
- Dry the heating coil completely with paper towels.
- If you can reach the fan component, use a small, thin wire brush (like a baby bottle cleaner) to scrape off any dust or food particles.
- Do not use water on the fan.
Very stubborn stains on the heating element may need a more thorough cleaning.
- Unplug the fryer, remove all pieces, and turn it upside down.
- Combine a tsp of baking powder with 2 cups of water and put it in a spray bottle.
- Spray the air fryer with this mixture, turn it right side up, and let stand for 30 minutes.
- Repeat the process once more, then scrub the heater normally using the directions above.
By now, you should be ready to clean your air fryer no matter what the problem might be. You should be able to pinpoint the reasons why you need to clean your appliance, and determine which parts need to be cleaned. From there, you can simply follow our easy directions to take care of the cleaning process with no trouble.
When you have an air fryer in your home, it is important to keep up with its maintenance to ensure that it works properly for years to come. The cleaner you keep your air fryer, the better it will work and the less likely it will be to sustain damage from regular use. Be sure to keep your air fryer as clean as possible to enjoy crispy, delicious food for years to come.