This handy appliance is taking the world by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. Air fryers have made it possible to make delicious, crispy meals with less time and effort than ever before. So it stands to reason that the cleanup process should also be easy and quick, as long as you know how to do it correctly.
Once you discover how easy it is to cook in an Innoteck air fryer, you’ll likely be using it on a very regular basis. So it’s good to know how to do a quick clean, so that you’re ready for your next meal. In this post, we will go through some hacks to help you clean your air fryer quickly and efficiently, as well as how to deep clean it once every few months.
Best way to clean air fryer
While grease and dirt may not be visible after every use, it is important to clean your air fryer every time. Otherwise, the oil will become heated on the next use and will bake into the tray, and the bacteria might attach itself to your food and make you sick.
Fortunately, with these air fryer cleaning hacks, you’ll be done with the cleaning part in no time. Then you can get started on some air fryer chocolate brownies to reward yourself for the good work.
How to clean air fryer quickly
Most air fryers come with a tray that slides in and out of the appliance, like our classic 4l air fryer. Inside the tray is a basket, which is normally separable from the tray, making it simpler to clean.
The tray and basket are the most important parts to clean, as these are in contact with the food you cook. Here is how to clean air fryer basket and tray:
- Once the appliance has cooled down after use, remove the tray from the air fryer. Fill the tray with warm water and soap, and replace the basket, allowing it to soak for 10 minutes.
- Use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to wipe off any grease or food in the basket and tray. Do not use anything abrasive, as that will damage the non-stick layer, and your food will start to stick to the sides.
- Rince the basket and tray and allow them to dry.
Doing this, and wiping off the outside of your air fryer regularly, will keep it clean and hygienic. A dark layer of grease may form on the inside of the basket, but this is to be expected, and will not affect you. It is the slimy, sticky grease that needs to be removed.
How to clean an air fryer deeply
Cleaning your air fryer regularly will result in a deep clean being necessary only every few months. If you follow the steps above, the basket and tray may never actually need a deep clean. However, cleaning the inner parts approximately every four months is important for it to keep working optimally.
While you do not want it to be hot, it is good to deep clean your air fryer 20 – 30 minutes after its last use, so that the food particles and grease are still warm and easier to clean. Here are the six steps to follow to clean the coil and inner parts of the air fryer:
- Allow the air fryer to cool down
- Unplug your air fryer
- Turn it upside down
- Clean the coil with a damp sponge and some soap
- Clean around the coil and wherever you see grease
- Dry it off with a towel
If your tray and basket have a stubborn layer of grease, here is how to deep clean your air fryer basket and tray:
- Make a paste with ½ cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of water.
- Brush the solution on the tray and basket with a toothbrush or a sponge, and let it sit for approximately 20 minutes.
- Use a warm sponge to wipe off the solution and grease. If it is still a little tough to remove, use a non-abrasive scrubber to get the last of the grease off.
Ready to tackle cleaning an air fryer?
An air fryer is an extremely useful kitchen appliance. There is not much you cannot make in an air fryer, and they are quick and easy to use. And with these tips, they are also easy to clean.