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How To Clean An Air Fryer

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Air fryers are a big thing right now. They are flying off the shelves and most homes seem to have one on their kitchen counter.

They boast to cook a variety of foods, leaving your oven a little redundant due to claims they are healthier to use and cheaper to run. The good news is, you won’t have the mundane task of cleaning your oven, but what about the air fryer? That needs to be maintained and kept clean too in order for it to work to its maximum potential – and with that we thought we’d give you some of the best ways to keep it clean. First though, let’s start off with a few questions some of you might have.

How often should I clean my air fryer?

Ideally it would be a good idea to clean the basket that sits inside your air fryer after every use. Soapy water will do the job adequately and will clean off any crumbs or bits of food. As for the rest of the appliance – give it a deep clean every few weeks to maintain its longevity.

What do I need to clean my air fryer?

Luckily you don’t need to buy any really expensive solutions or formulas to clean your appliance – most of the ingredients you probably already have in the back of your cupboard. Things that will help you get prepared are:

  • Soft sponge or cloth
  • Washing up liquid
  • Warm water
  • Bicarbonate soda
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Kitchen towel

What happens if I don’t clean my air fryer often enough?

With every appliance you buy, if you do not get into the habit of a regular cleaning regime for it, you may well end up with something that doesn’t run efficiently and ultimately will have a shorter lifespan. Problems from lack of maintenance include:

  • It will use more energy
  • Burned on food will start to smell and be even harder to clean off
  • You may find the air fryer takes longer to heat up
  • Any left over food may change the taste of your next meal

To avoid any of these factors happening, let’s now take a look at how to clean your air fryer.

First and foremost, the appliance needs to be cool and for safety reasons we’d recommend switching it off at the wall. If you’ve just used your air fryer, then allow it to cool down completely before you start cleaning it to avoid any mishaps. When it’s ready to be cleaned, you can remove all detachable parts. Mix washing up liquid with warm water and let them soak while you clean the air fryer’s interior.

For best results we’d recommend using bicarbonate soda – it is usually something you have in your cupboard, and if not you can pick it up from most supermarkets quite cheaply.

Mix three tablespoons of bicarbonate soda with 1 tablespoon of water to make a paste. Proceed to coat the paste onto the inside of the air fryer, paying particular attention to areas where the grease can build up. Leave this to work for a few minutes and then wipe off with a damp cloth.

Make sure you regularly wash and wring the cloth out so you aren’t just moving the grease around the fryer. When it’s all clean give it a wipe over with some kitchen towel or a cloth and ensure it is completely dry before you use it again.

If you only have an all-purpose cleaner to hand, we’d recommend spraying it onto a soft cloth or sponge and not directly onto the fryer. And then use the same process as above for wiping clean and drying.

When the basket and any other removable parts have finished soaking, just give them a going over with a sponge to make sure any stubborn bits of food are not still hanging on! Finish by drying them off with a clean towel before returning them to your air fryer.

Don’t forget to give the outside of the fryer a clean too. Again, you can either use the paste, an all-purpose cleaner, or even just a damp cloth. Wipe it dry with a soft cloth and you’ll get it looking shiny and new again.

The whole process will not take you long and the benefits definitely outweigh the cleaning time.

That really is all there is to it – a machine that is convenient to use and even easier to maintain. As long as you get into the habit of keeping the air fryer clean and more importantly cleaning the basket after every use, you will get fresh food that tastes as good as the day you bought the air fryer, as well as having a long-lasting appliance that works at full capacity.

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Meet our reviewer – Michelle Vernon

Michelle is one of the lead writers at Washing Check and also holds an editor role. She is a busy parent who understands the needs of daily domestic life and the challenges it can bring.

She genuinely loves cleaning products and equipment, which although is quite strange to many, is a blessing to us here at Washing Check.