An air fryer is a great kitchen appliance but it can develop an unpleasant odor over time if you don’t take care of it properly. Thankfully, it’s easy to clean an air fryer, even if you don’t know where to start! This comprehensive step-by-step guide to cleaning your air fryer will walk you through every step and make sure your device stays smelling and tasting fresh for months to come.
Step 1 - Soak
Once you’ve removed all of your food from your air fryer, set it in a sink, and fill it with hot water. Let it soak for 20-30 minutes. This will loosen up anything that’s stuck on to make cleaning easier. Don’t forget to add a little dish soap to help get everything off! After soaking, rinse out your air fryer with more hot water. If there are still some tough spots, use a Lola® Microfiber and Nylon Net Cleaning Pad to gently scrub any leftover gunk without scratching your nonstick coating.
Step 2 - Scrub
Use a brush with sturdy bristles to get into all those nooks and crannies. This is especially important for air fryers, which can become very dirty as you continue to use them and spill food inside of them. The grease from previous meals can leave a sticky residue on your cooking surface that only a gentle scrubbing session will remove.
Step 3 - Remove the grease filter
The filter is located at the top of your air fryer. When cleaning, simply remove it and wash it under cold water with soap. Dry thoroughly before replacing it in your machine. When there are large quantities of food stuck to it, you may need to scrub a little harder with a sponge or scouring pad – but only ever use these on plastic parts and never on any metal parts of your air fryer. Baking soda can also be used to clean grease filters by sprinkling it onto them and leaving them for 10 minutes before scrubbing off with a Natural Cellulose Scrub Sponge.
Step 4 - Vinegar Rinse
While your air fryer is still hot, pour in one cup of distilled white vinegar and give it a quick wipe down with a Wowable® Reusable Towel. Then, turn your appliance off and unplug it. Place an oven mitt over your hand and open up each of its chambers. Scrape out any stuck food debris from inside each chamber with a wooden spoon or butter knife. Then, fill your air fryer back up with water (up to about 1/4 from the top) and place it on high for another 15 minutes to steam-clean any remaining grime.
Step 5 - Water rinse
Finally, rinse off all the washable parts with water, and just take a clean cloth and wipe them down before leaving to dry overnight. The next day, your air fryer should be good as new!
The air fryer is perfect for anyone that loves fried food but doesn’t want to deal with all of that extra oil. However, it can be hard to clean — which makes sense since most of your favorite foods are also some of the messiest to eat. Luckily, the simple steps are just what you need to keep your air fryer in great shape and make sure your delicious meals come out exactly as they should every time.