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This Air Fryer Cleaning Hack is Great for Easy Clean Up

ByBusinessmatters Staff | Updated: Apr 8, 2024
ByBusinessmatters Staff
Updated: Apr 8, 2024
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Keeping your air fryer clean is not just about keeping it looking sharp; it's the key to making sure it runs smoothly and lasts longer than a hot minute.

A lot of folks who love their air fryer find themselves in a sticky mess with leftover food and grease making their go-to gadget less than appealing. But don't sweat it, with a bit of effort and the right tricks up your sleeve, you can keep your air fryer looking and working great.

Getting to Know Your Air Fryer
Getting to Know Your Air Fryer
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First off, let's understand what we're working with. Your air fryer has a few main parts: the basket, where all the crispy magic happens; the pan, catching any spills and crumbs; and the heating element, the heart of the show that brings the heat. Getting familiar with these parts is step one to keeping them clean.

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Preparing the Air Fryer for Cleaning
Preparing the Air Fryer for Cleaning
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First, turn off and unplug the air fryer. Take apart all the pieces. If it's still hot from cooking, let it cool down first.Get some cleaning tools ready, like an old toothbrush, a rag or sponge, and some dish soap. Use a paper towel to wipe off any leftover food and grease. Then, clean it well.

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How to Clean Your Air Fryer
How to Clean Your Air Fryer

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01. Right After Use
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Right After Use
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Cleaning it right after you use it is a game-changer. It stops the mess from getting worse and makes cleaning a breeze. A quick wipe with a damp cloth or paper towel can do wonders for the basket and pan.

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02. Deep Cleaning Time
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Deep Cleaning Time
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Every so often, the basket and pan need a bit more love. Pull them out and let them soak in soapy water, then scrub off any stubborn spots. If they're safe for the dishwasher, that's even easier. If not, a soft sponge and some dish soap will get the job done.

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03. Dealing With Tough Spots
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Dealing With Tough Spots
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For those really stubborn bits of food, soaking is your best bet. Fill the pan with soapy water and let it sit to loosen up the gunk. Use a soft brush or sponge to scrub without scratching anything.

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04. Inside and Out
04.
Inside and Out
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Don't forget the inside of your air fryer, especially around the heating element and fan. Make sure it's cool and unplugged, then gently wipe the inside with a damp cloth. Keep water away from the electrical bits to keep it running like a dream.

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05. Keeping the Outside Clean
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Keeping the Outside Clean
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The outside of your air fryer deserves attention too. A quick wipe down will keep it looking good as new. Think of it like a mini car wash for your air fryer, keeping it shiny and clean.

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06. Putting It Back Together
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Putting It Back Together
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Once everything's dry, reassemble your air fryer and store it in a clean, dry spot. This keeps it ready for action without any dust or grease buildup.

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A Little Prevention
A Little Prevention
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Preventing messes is easier than cleaning them.

  1. Use Liners: Drop in parchment paper or foil to catch drips. Just don't block air flow.
  2. Don't Overfill: Less mess and better cooking.
  3. Smart Oil Use: Spray food, not the basket.
  4. Pick Easy-Clean Foods: Less sticky, less cleanup.
  5. Quick Pre-Clean: Wipe off excess marinade or seasoning.
  6. Wipe After Use: A quick clean prevents buildup.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Dishwasher Safe?

Ans. Usually, yes, but check your manual to be sure.

Q2. How Often to Clean?

Ans. Quick clean after each use, deep clean every few uses or when it looks needed.

Q3. Can I Use a Scrub Brush?

Ans. Stick to soft sponges or cloths to avoid scratches.

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