Why is airfryer cleaning so important? For one thing, it prolongs the life of your device. Air fryers are fun to have around but if you don’t take care of them, you can’t expect them to last very long. Secondly, cleaning the device regularly ensures that it continues to work properly without any snags or complications. You really don’t want to risk you or your family’s safety all because of a dirty airfryer. Lastly, a clean airfryer means that the food that you and your loved ones are eating is safe and won’t harm your health. An unclean airfryer can harbor all kinds of bacteria and you really don’t want to be cooking food in an unwashed device.
Just as you regularly clean your microwave or stove top (we hope!), you want to make sure that your airfryer is clean too. This will show you three methods for how to clean an airfryer using items that you probably already have on hand.
1. Soaking Method
This is a great technique that you can try in the evenings before going to bed, although all you need is 30 minutes. Consider it the ideal solution for those who hate scrubbing their dishes clean. All you need for this airfryer cleaning method is dish detergent, a sponge, and a hand towel. You’ll also need some hot water.
For best results, you want to use this method soon after using your airfryer. To start, unplug the unit. Ideally, it will still be a bit warm from prior use. Next, take out the basket and add a few drops of dish detergent to the drip tray along with some hot water. Then place the basket back into the drip tray, making sure that it is covered by the water. If it’s not, add some more hot water now.
All that’s left to do is leave the airfryer be for at least 30 minutes so the dish detergent and hot water can do their thing. Any stuck-on food or grease will become loose and float in the water, eliminating any gunk on the drip tray and basket. When you come back to the airfryer, you should be able to lift the basket out of the drip tray, run it under hot water from your kitchen sink, and watch the debris come off. Use the sponge to get any residual food bits off of the basket and the drip tray.
Cleaning an airfryer by hand ensures that the non-stick coating won’t come off and this technique keeps your hands from getting all greasy and gross.
2. Vinegar Cleaning Method
You might be thinking that using vinegar to clean your airfryer will result in a sour-smelling unit but hear us out. It’s not as if you’re going to soak your airfryer in a sink full of vinegar; you are just using it as an additional cleaning aid. Plus, the vinegar will make the device nice and shiny, the same as when you first bought it. Don’t worry; no matter what you fried up in that thing, you can make it look beautiful again.
To try out this cleaning technique, you will need vinegar, dish detergent, soda, hot water, and a sponge or cleaning brush. You will have more luck with this method if you do it while the unit is still a bit warm. Combine equal parts soda and vinegar and set it aside. You can use it in a bit to get any excess stains or crusty spots off.
Start off by removing the fryer basket and then filling the drip tray with hot water. Add a few drops of dish detergent and use a brush or sponge to get any food particles out. Place the basket back in the drip tray and repeat the process of getting excess food scraps off by using the brush or sponge.
If you notice that there are some persistent stains or bits of food, then you can dip the sponge or brush into the soda and vinegar mixture and use that to wipe off the excess. Finally, rinse everything with hot water to clear out the debris and then use a hand towel to dry the unit off. Everything should look clean and shiny again.
3. Wiping Off Dust and Food Particles
The basket and drip tray aren’t the only things that need cleaning. You should be disinfecting the entire unit and you can do this with a simple swipe of a non-abrasive cloth or sponge. This method will ensure that you get not only the removable parts but the interior and exterior too.
For this technique, you will need a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, some warm water, some dish detergent, and a hand towel for drying purposes. Start by unplugging the airfryer, ideally after you have just used it so that it’s still warm. Even if the device has cooled off, you can carry on with this method. Your next step is to fill the drip tray with warm water, adding a few drops of dish detergent and placing the basket back in. Let that sit while you take care of the airfryer unit itself.
To do this, you can grab your non-abrasive cloth or sponge and just wet it with a bit of warm water. You can start by wiping down the exterior of the device, making sure to get rid of any grease spots and fingerprints. You shouldn’t have to use too much pressure to wipe the outside of the airfryer clean.
Then move on to the interior of the unit. Be careful not to burn yourself if the device is still warm. Again, it should be relatively easy to wipe off any excess but if you need extra help, place one or two drops of dish detergent on the sponge or cloth.
Now that the airfryer is clean, you can use the cloth or sponge to wipe off the food particles and bits that are on the basket and drip tray. Since they have been soaking already, this should be pretty simple. Finally, rinse the basket and drip tray clean by running them under warm water from the kitchen sink. Use a hand towel to dry them off and place them back in the clean airfryer.
Now that you know how to clean an airfryer, you can feel better about serving up delicious foods without risk to your health or safety.