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How to clean air fryer – 7 Steps Guide

The best way to clean the air fryer 

Cleaning an air fryer is easier than you think. You just need to consider a few things only, as there is little use of oils used while air frying. So, cleaning is quite simple.

In this post, I have covered everything about the efficient cleaning of air fryers. And do you know the best part? Most of the items you’ll need to clean an air fryer are likely to be already available in your kitchen.

So let’s get started now:

How to clean air fryer – All you need

Before steps, let’s have a look at the required supplies first:

  • A small piece of cloth 
  • Dish Soap
  • Soft Cleaning Brush(optional)

How to clean air fryer – 7 Steps Guide

Cleaning the air fryer basket

Step # 1: Unplugging and Cooling of Air Fryer 

After air frying, unplug the air fryer then leave it for about half an hour so it can cool down. Never start cleaning the air fryer right after cooking because it might damage it.

Step # 2: Take out the Fryer’s Basket 

After the fryer is cooled down, remove the basket(pan or tray) from it so that cleaning can be done. The major cleaning of the air fryer includes removable parts as they are involved directly in cooking.

Step # 3: Cleaning the Removable parts

Now simply wash the basket with lukewarm water and regular dish soap. If there is thick grease, you can soak it in warm water for 10-20 minutes before washing them.

Washing fryers basket with warm water and soap

Step # 4: Overnight Drying of Fryer’s Basket

After cleaning, it is better to let the basket dry overnight. If not overnight, give them at least 2-3 hours to let them dry completely.

Step # 5: Cleaning the fryer’s interior 

Wipe the interior of the fryer, including the heating element, using a damp soapy piece of cloth. You can also use a sponge or paper towel for this. After wiping it with a wet cloth, wipe it again with another dry cloth.

Step # 6: Wiping down the fryer’s Exterior

Use another damp cloth to gently wipe the exterior of the fryer. If needed you can also use a soapy cloth for wiping. After that, use a clean damped cloth to remove the soap.

Step 7: Reassembling the Air Fryer

When your air fryer is thoroughly dry, place the removable parts inside and assemble it. And that’s it!

Your air fryer is clean and ready to air fry delicious meals!

 Pro tips to clean your air fryer

  • Use a dishwasher to clean your air fryer if your air fryer’s basket(tray, or pan) is dishwasher-friendly. 
  • Do not use any utensils like a spoon or knife to scrub the stuck-on food particles off your air fryer. This might damage the non-stick fryer’s surface.
  • Avoid using disinfectants to clean your air fryer as they are not safe for the air fryer and can badly damage the surface of the fryer’s basket.

How do you get grease and grime out of the air fryer?

There are many ways to remove all the unnecessary grease and grime from the air fryer. Cleaning with baking soda and vinegar is the most effective of all. I have been using these methods personally and they work like magic, that’s why below I have explained the step-by-step method for you so that you can also effectively clean your air fryers:

How should you clean an air fryer using Baking soda?

Cleaning air fryer with baking soda

To clean the air fryer using baking soda follow the steps given below:

  1. First of all, remove the basket from the air fryer and make a mixture using two teaspoons of baking soda and two cups of water.
  2. Now, put the mixture of water and baking soda in the fryer’s basket and reassemble it. Set the timer for 10 minutes and heat the air fryer to 200°F.
  3. After 10 minutes, turn off the air fryer and unplug it. Let it cool down for a few minutes and remove the fryer’s basket. Drain the water from it, rinse it with clean running water and let it get dry.
  4. Then clean the exterior of the air fryer with a soapy cloth. And wipe it with another clean wet piece of cloth.
  5. Resemble your air fryer after the basket is fully dry.

 And that’s all! You have deep-cleaned your air fryer using baking soda. It’s time to try yummy air-fried recipes!

How should you clean an air fryer using vinegar?

Follow the below simple steps to clean the air fryer using vinegar:

  • Mix equal parts water and vinegar in any bowl.
  • Remove the fryer’s basket from the air fryer.
  • Soak the basket in the mixture for a few minutes.
  •  Use an air fryer’s friendly scrubber to remove tough stains from the fryer’s basket.
  • Wash the basket with warm water and let it dry
  • Use a wet piece of cloth to wipe down the fryer’s interior.
  • Use another damped piece of cloth to gently wipe the fryer’s exterior.

And that’s it, you have successfully cleaned your air fryer using vinegar and your air fryer is ready to cook yummy air fryer foods again!

How to clean the COSORI air fryer?

Cleaning the COSORI air fryer is the easiest. How? Below are the reasons:

 It is Dishwasher Safe. That means you just need to remove the baskets and then put them in the dishwasher. And that’s it, no need to put in any extra effort. Amazing, Right?

Besides that, It has a Detachable & Nonstick Basket that ensures very little residue will be left in the basket after air frying.

The Wrap-Up on How to clean the air fryer

Cleaning the air fryer ensures not only perfectly air-fried food but also retains the quality of the air fryer. So, always take your time to do deep cleaning of your air fryer once in a while.

Happy Air Fryer Cleaning! 


How to clean an air fryer using water?

Mix dishwashing soap with water and add it to the basket of the air fryer. Put the basket in the air fryer and heat it at around 200°F  for 10 minutes. After that, remove the water from the basket and rinse it off with normal water. Let the basket dry and reassemble your air fryer again.

How to clean the air fryer tray?

Use warm, soapy water and a soft cleaning sponge or towel to clean the fryer’s basket(or tray). Make sure you don’t clean the tray right after using the air fryer for cooking, instead always clean it after cooling the tray. And to clean the tray, use any regular dish sponge and dish cleaning soap. After that, Rinse it under warm water and allow it to get dry before placing it back in the air fryer.

How often should your air fryer be cleaned?

Ideally, the air fryer should be cleaned after every use. But, in case you can't clean the whole air fryer, clean at least the fryer basket every time after use. Doing so will ensure the longevity of your air fryer and will also make the perfect air-fried food without any unwanted odor.

How should you clean an instant pot air fryer?

To clean an instant pot air fryer, use a  small piece of damp cloth and a little bit of dish detergent to wipe the outside of the fryer. Then take out the basket of the air fryer and soak it for 20 minutes in warm water and a detergent solution. After that, rinse it with lukewarm water. And that’s it, let the air fryer dry and reassemble it again.

How to keep the air fryer clean?

To keep your air fryer clean make sure to clean the mess immediately otherwise it may be hardened making it difficult to clean. Also, do deep cleaning of the whole air fryer once in a while to ensure effective working of the air fryer for a long time and to keep it clean as much as possible.

How to Deal With Lingering Odors?

Soak the basket in warm water and dish soap mixture after every use to avoid generating a bad odor in the air fryer. As simple as that.

Using a mixture of water and vinegar solution also works well to get rid of unpleasant smells from the fryer’s basket. I myself follow this tip and it always works. You should try it out too!

Should you clean the inside of an air fryer?

Yes, for efficient working of the air fryer it is always a better idea to clean the air fryer from the inside as well. Just use a damp cloth and dish soap to clean the interior. It is simple and easy.


AboutQurratulain Asghar

I am a professional writer having 5+ years of experience.
Besides that, I also have got exceptionally good cooking skills and experience of using many different air fryers. So, here I’ll be sharing my knowledge through my recipes, guides, and reviews related to air fryers.

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