How To Deep Clean An Air Fryer To Remove Baked-On Food And Grease

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Air fryers are all the rage – and for good reason! These awesome little kitchen appliances cook and crisp food extremely well, but without the oil that makes fried food so unhealthy. We got an air fryer earlier this year, and I’m so glad we did. From meat, to veggies, to dessert, the air fryer is unbelievably versatile. However, to keep them working properly, you do need to clean your air fryer on a consistent basis. Here’s how!

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You Will Need:

Liquid dish soap
Microfiber cloth
Non-abrasive sponge
Soft-bristled scrub brush or toothbrush

How To Clean An Air Fryer

Before cleaning your air fryer, ensure it’s completely cooled down if it’s been used recently. You also need to ensure you unplug it. Once cooled and unplugged, remove the different pieces of the air fryer. You should be able to remove the basket, the tray, and the pan.

Next, mix together a few drops of liquid dish soap and some warm water. Dunk the removable pieces in the solution and use a non-abrasive sponge to clean them. If there are parts with especially stubborn grease or food residue, soak them in the solution for about 10 minutes first. Then, use a soft-bristled scrub brush or toothbrush to tackle the residue. When you’re done, rinse with cool water and wipe dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

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The outside of your air fryer likely doesn’t need as much attention, but it never hurts to give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth after each use.

How To Remove Odors From An Air Fryer

If you notice your air fryer doesn’t smell amazing, the first step is to clean it using the above-mentioned process. Then, apply some lemon juice to a cloth and wipe down the parts of the air fryer before cleaning, rinsing, and drying one more time.

How Often To Clean An Air Fryer

To prolong the lifespan of your air fryer (and maintain the great quality of food it creates), you should clean your air fryer well after every use. Although air fryers don’t use the oil that typical fryers do, the high heat will still create stuck-on food residue and grease over time. Cleaning your air fryer after each use will prevent the need for a giant, more time-consuming clean later on down the road!

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In conclusion, air fryers are awesome kitchen appliances that cook healthier, less fatty meals. If you take care of your air fryer by cleaning it well and regularly, it will last for years to come!