The air fryer has made our lives a lot easier. It’s smaller, faster, cleaner, and easier to cook in than other cooking appliances. And the best part is that these little machines cook food with just hot air and a lot less oil than you normally would. Which is quite an improvement from using and cleaning up after using the deep fryer. However, like everything else even the air fryer needs to be cleaned properly in order to work at its full potential. That’s why we are going to show you how to clean an air fryer the right way in just three easy steps.
Like everything else even the air fryer needs to be cleaned properly
In order for your kitchen appliances to work longer and more effectively, you need to properly clean them. This goes for both a regular clean and a deep clean. And when it comes to cleaning an air fryer, it really isn’t all that hard. However, you need to know what you are doing before you start. Otherwise, you may spend unnecessary time scrubbing. So, let us show you how to clean an air fryer the right way and save you some time and effort in the process.
You need to know what you are doing before you start
The easiest way to clean an air fryer is to do a regular, light cleaning, especially if you’ve cooked something messy with marinade or sauce. Cleaning after use ensures you won’t have a stuck-on mess that you won’t be able to clean off. The longer something sticky and messy stays in the fryer, the harder it will be to remove. So, let’s see the most effective way to give your air fryer a light clean.
What You’ll Need:
- Mild Dish Soap
- Warm Water
- Non-Abrasive Sponge
- Toothpick (optional)
- Baking Soda (optional)
- After using your air fryer, let it cool down. Once it’s cooled, take out all of the removable parts.
- Wash all the removable parts in some warm, soapy water with a non-abrasive sponge. If you see some baked-on grease, burnt food parts, or so on, then let the parts soak in some hot soapy water for around ten to fifteen minutes, and then try scrubbing them off again. You can also use a toothpick to push out any stubborn food residue that may be stuck in the grate or basket.
- Once everything has been cleaned, set all the removable, washed parts aside and let them dry or wipe them down.
Tip: If there is any other stubborn food residue, make a paste of baking soda and water. Then scrub the paste onto the residue with a soft-bristled brush, let it sit for a bit, and wipe it off clean.
The easiest way to clean an air fryer is to do a regular, light cleaning
Even if you clean your air fryer on the regular, it still needs a deep clean from time to time. After all, it’s not only the basket that gets dirty during cleaning. The heating elements, the exterior, and other parts of the interior can also get grease, dirt, and grime on them. That’s why we will also show you how to deep clean the fryer, as well.
What You’ll Need:
- Soft Toothbrush or a Scrub Brush
- Damp Cloth
- Baking Soda
- Turn off and unplug the air fryer. Let it cool down before you begin. Then take your damp cloth and wipe down the exterior of the appliance.
- Then create a baking soda and water paste to use on the inside of the air fryer. Cover any baked-on grease patches in it. With a non-abrasive brush or a toothbrush scrub the interior of the air fryer (without the heating element). Once you’ve scrubbed everything on the inside, wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Wipe down the heating elements of the appliance with a damp cloth, a paper towel, or a sponge. Then wipe it again with a damp cloth and finally with a dry cloth. Finally, put everything together.
Even if you clean your air fryer on the regular, it still needs a deep clean from time to time
How Often Should You Clean an Air Fryer?
In general, it’s recommended that you clean the air fryer basket after every single use. This way no grime and dirt doesn’t get baked on and won’t become impossible to clean in the long run. Plus, small crumbs can also burn if they have not been cleaned out and will taint the flavor of the dish you are currently cooking. When it comes to deep cleaning you can clean it every few uses.
It’s recommended that you clean the air fryer basket after every single use
Can You Clean an Air Fryer in The Dishwasher?
Many air fryers claim that some parts are dishwasher safe, however, most specialists advise against it. Even if you can wash some parts, it’s not as effective, as it would be if you hand-washed it. Plus, it is a bit of an overkill putting it in the dishwasher, if you’ve just used it to fry just one thing. Not only that but since dishwashers work at a higher temperature and some tablets are more powerful than normal dish soap, they can strip down your non-stick coating. In some cases, the dishwasher can also rust your fryer.
Many air fryers claim that some parts are dishwasher safe
This was how to clean your air fryer the right way. We hope you found this article useful. Now you can give your air fryer the clean it deserves, and you won’t have to lose any time unnecessarily scrubbing.
This was how to clean your air fryer the right way
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