How to Clean an Air Fryer

how to clean an air fryer

The worse thing about cooking is cleaning afterwards! Cleaning and properly maintaining your air fryer will help is last longer and work properly for years to come!

Deep fat fryers leave a greasy, slimy mess all over the fryer, the utensils, and even the countertop or stove you have it on when it’s splattering oil and grease while it is cooking! And it’s not like you can just wipe it up because grease is a mess to deal with!

In contrast to deep fryers, air fryer disassembly is simple, and cleaning them is a breeze. Even though you can cook just about anything in an air fryer, the cooking is contained within it and no oil or grease is splattered all over the place. Any oil, fat, grease or food pieces simply settle in the bottom of the drip pan, which at least keeps the mess contained.

The following steps outline how to clean an air fryer.


  1. Unplug the unit from the wall and allow it to cool down after use.
  2. Remove the pan and fill it with hot water and add some dish washing soap.
  3. Put the basket in the pan and let them soak for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Gently scrub the basket with a non-abrasive brush or sponge.
  5. Flip over the basket and gently scrub the bottom of the basket with a non-abrasive brush or sponge.
  6. Clean the pan with a non-abrasive brush or sponge.
  7. Rinse both the basket and the pan with hot water and allow to dry completely.


    1. Unplug the air fryer from the wall and let it cool.
    2. Remove the basket and pan from the drawer of the air fryer.
    3. Turn the air fryer upside down, and spray the dirty areas near the heater with a water and baking powder solution with 3 grams of baking powder to 100 milliliters of water.
    4. Allow the solution to soak into the dirty area for at least 1 minute.
    5. Flip the air fryer right side up and wait for an additional 30 minutes.
    6. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 again, just to make sure the dirty areas have been penetrated by the cleaning solution.
    7. Place the basket and pan back into the air fryer with about 400 milliliters of water in it to absorb the dirty water dripping from the heating element.
    8. Turn on the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
    9. Open the drawer, remove the basket and pan, and allow the air fryer to cool down until it is safe to handle.
    10. Flip the air fryer upside down again and wipe off the baking powder residue and dirt with a wash rag or cloth.
    11. If the dirt does not come off easily, then gently scrub the dirty areas with a sponge brush or a toothbrush until it is all clean.

To help illustrate the cleaning process, be sure to check out this video!


  • Never use a hard utensil, especially metal, to loosen stuck-on food from an air fryer. Like many cooking pots and pans, the basket and inside have been lined with a non-stick coating that is fragile and can be scratched easily. Only non-abrasive scrubbers or sponges are recommended.
  • If  you aren’t able to get the food off, simple allow it to soak longer until the food becomes soft and easily removable.
  • The air fryer should be cleaned after you are done doing all of the cooking for the meal. If it takes multiple batches to cook all of the food, then you can simple wait until everything is done cooking before thinking about cleaning the air fryer.
  • By the time you are done eating your wonderful, air fried food, it will be cool enough to clean!


  • Even if you purchase an inexpensive airfryer, you still want it to last for a long time, and properly storing and maintaining your air fryer is key to ensure that it lasts!Here are our top storage and maintenance tips for air fryers.
    1. Before using your air fryer, be sure to read the owner’s manual for proper operation and usage.
    2. Always follow the recommended cooking instructions for the recipe. Some minor tweaks may be needed to ensure the food is fully cooked.
    3. Make sure the circuit breaker that the air fryer is plugged in to isn’t overloaded with other appliances. An air fryer draws a lot of power.
    4. After cleaning, and before storing, make sure the air fryer is completely clean and dry. Moisture and oil will cause problems with the non-stick coatings over time.
    5. Inspect the power cord and properly wrap it so that it does not kink and damage the internal wires. 1000-1500W is a lot of power, which means a lot of current is flowing through the power cord. Damaged power cords can get hot and potentially lead to fires or electric shock, or a damaged air fryer.
    6. Since the air fryer is a closed appliance, it can be stored on the countertop, or safely tucked away in a cabinet or pantry. Be sure that the drawer is complete shut so that dust, dirt and grime don’t find their way into the air fryer.
    7. When using the air fryer, make sure there is ample free space around it, and above it. While the outside will not get hot, you do not want something else affecting the operation or performance of the air fryer.
    8. If you find the the non-stick coating on the basket, drawer on lining of the air fryer starts to bubble or peel, be sure to have it or the components replaced before using it again. Depending on age and use, you may be able to get the product replaced if it is under warranty.
    9. Never overload the air fryer basket! There needs to be space for the hot air to circulate around the food on all sides. Plus the drawer needs to be fully closed before you turn on the air fryer, and if it’s stuffed too full of food, then it won’t shut properly.
    10. Use your air fryer all of the time! They are amazing, you will love the food, and you will be amazed at how many different types of food you can cook with them!

    We really hope you found this post useful! While a lot of this might seem like common sense, it is very important to know how to use your new air fryer so that you have a great use experience with it. The more you know, the better results you will have, and the happier you will be with the food you cook!

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