Cooking turns out to be very easy, but cleaning not so much. That is why in this article I will show you some tips and tricks on how to clean the air fryer easily and quickly.

Without a doubt, the air fryer has become the favorite kitchen appliance in many homes. Therefore, because of this use, many questions and doubts have arisen about the cleaning and care of these wonderful machines.

Something very clear is that air fryers are here to stay and to be a perfect ally in the kitchen, as well as being able to prepare almost any food.

Initially, air fryers became known for their main function of preparing French fries without oil, but the truth is that there are countless recipes to prepare them. Any food that you can prepare in a conventional oven you can also prepare in the air fryer in less time. And as if that were not enough, these appliances are much easier to clean than an oven.

Although using 80% less fat can prevent too much staining in the fryer basket, the truth is that if you prepare greasy or highly seasoned foods, it is inevitable that all that fat will spread inside the fryer. This is since air fryers have Rapid Air technology, which allows the circulation of hot air to be much faster, thus dragging the fat as well.

Of course, this fat is more difficult to remove, especially if you forget to wash the basket soon. 

How To Clean The Air Fryer Inside

how to clean the air fryer

So that the flavors of the food are not altered and to avoid bad smells, it is essential to keep the air fryer clean, in the same way a good cleaning undoubtedly helps its proper functioning.

  • Unplug and remove the basket from the air fryer and let it rest.
  • Pour hot, soapy water into the fryer basket and let soak for a few minutes.
  • Clean the walls and base inside with a non-abrasive sponge until the grease is completely removed.
  • Let dry and return to the air fryer. 

How To Clean An Air Fryer – Easy Guide. 

Method 1: Dishwasher

  • Unplug and remove the basket from the air fryer.
  • Let stand, place basket and racks in dishwasher. (Switch it on).
  • Clean the interior with a damp sponge or cloth with soap.
  • Finally pass a clean damp cloth to remove the soap.

With the help of the dishwasher, more and more parts of the hot air fryer are cleaned very well. But it is recommended that before putting it in the dishwasher you check if the parts are suitable for washing that way. This is why some manufacturers even have a corresponding dishwasher suitability logo, which is very easy to find. 

Method 2: Manual

  • Unplug the air fryer and let it sit.
  • Pour hot, soapy water into the fryer basket and let soak for a few minutes.
  • Clean the walls and base inside and out with a non-abrasive sponge until the grease is completely removed.
  • Let dry and return to the air fryer.

Many manufacturers also give cleaning tips in the oil less fryer manual. Therefore, you may be able to easily read how to clean the air fryer properly.

To clean the outside of the fryer, use a damp cloth with soap until the dirt is very well removed. Finally remove the soap with a clean damp cloth. 

How To Remove Stuck Fat From The Fryer Without Oil

In short, cleaning the fryer without oil turns out to be easier than you can imagine, however, bad odors and dirt can accumulate that cannot be seen with the naked eye, such as the fan that circulates the air. That is why it is convenient from time to time to perform the following trick: 

How To Remove Fat From The Air Fryer

  • Put a heat-resistant cup or bowl with water and vinegar or lemon or soap in the basket.
  • Place the basket in the air fryer.
  • Turn on the fryer and let the water boil for at least 10 minutes (depending on soil) at maximum temperature.
  • Unplug, remove the water and with a cloth or cloth clean the grease and dirt that comes off.

The steam will soften all the dirt inside the air fryer, making it very easy to clean. As well as, it will eliminate bad odors, just as it happens in a microwave or conventional oven. 


How To Clean The Air Fryer Tips And Tricks. 

  • Use a liquid degreaser to remove grease stains.
  • Wash the fryer basket as soon as it cools down to prevent too much fat from sticking.
  • Use a non-abrasive, soft sponge.
  • Avoid using steel wire sponges to clean the fryer, they can scratch and damage the non-stick coating.
  • Read the instructions for use of the fryer before using it.
  • Never pour the oil left in the bottom of the basket down the drain or toilet. This can clog them. Pour it into a plastic container to dispose of it.

Mistakes Made When Cleaning The Air Fryer 

how to clean the air fryer

Always keep in mind that hot air fryers have a special coating. This coating can be scratched or attacked by detergents or poor cleaning methods.

It is also possible that the fryer is partially disassembled, and the parts can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand.

  • Try to wash the air fryer when it is hot. Although the ideal is to wash it as soon as possible, it must be considered that this can cause burns.
  • Put the basket and rack in cold water as soon as you are done using it for a quick wash. This is not recommended to do because: first, it makes the oil hard, and it is more difficult to remove them. Second, the non-stick coating can be damaged, peeling off faster.
  • Not cleaning the air fryer every time, it is used: Even if it is some fries, some breads or any recipe that does not have a lot of oil, it must be cleaned. In this way, dirt or bad odors are avoided, meaning that the food will no longer be clean, and can even absorb those bad smells.

I hope these tips will help you to know how to clean the air fryer and how to take care of it.