How to clean an air fryer

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We love to eat, but we do not want to clean the mess we create after eating. The rule should be to eat and then clean every time, but who wants to do that.

In the case of an air fryer, the cleaning is so easy to do. This appliance is great to use and cooks conveniently. If you want to keep your air fryer working for a long time, you must clean and maintain it accordingly. 

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Although air fryers are made durable, they can also encounter different problems. But proper care and maintenance can ensure a long life of the appliance. Before going into the cleaning process, we must know what problems can arise during the use of an air fryer:

  • The most usual problem is the accumulation of the grease inside due to frequent use. Sometimes, the oil or food particles stay inside for a long time and minimize the efficiency of the appliance.
  • Bad odour or food smell due to the accumulation of unwanted particles inside. It is best to clean immediately after every use.
  • Too much grease may also cause white smoke to emerge from the air fryer. It may not be harmful. Just unplug the device and let it cool.
  • Due to the above problems, your food may remain undercooked.    

To avoid these problems, you must carefully clean your air fryer often. It’s for the best if you clean after every use. There is a whole process to clean your appliance. 

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First of all, collect the material that you need to clean the air fryer. A soft sponge, dish soap, cleaning brushes and soft cloth or towel. Now that you have all you need, start the cleaning process.

  • Remove the air fryer from the socket and let it cool for at least 20-30 minutes. 
  • Clean outside of the fryer with a soft cloth.
  • Now remove the baskets or pans from the air fryer and wash them. Wash them properly with the soap and let them dry.
  • Try using hot water as it will remove all the grease or oil accumulated inside.
  • Now clean the inside nooks of the fryer with damp cloth or sponge. 
  • If there are any food particles inside, try to scrub them off with a brush. You can use an old toothbrush too. 
  • Leave the air fryer and its elements for a while to dry completely. Put them inside the fryer after they are dried completely. 
  • Once the appliance is cleaned, run it empty for a few minutes. It will help in getting rid of hard particles stuck inside. They will fall in the pan, and you can remove them easily.
  • And it’s done. Your device is now ready to work. Get back to the fun part: air fry your favorite food.

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There are always a few risks with every appliance. We give you a few useful tips to minimize the risks.

  • Never use kitchen utensils or any other sharp tool to clean the air fryer. It will scratch the non-stick coating of the surface.
  • Always use a soft sponge. A challenging and abrasive sponge is a big NO.
  • If the food particles are stuck and it is difficult to clean them, just soak basket or pan in hot water. It will help in cleaning.
  • Never immerse your air fryer in hot water completely. Only its elements (basket or pan) should be cleaned in water.
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Sometimes, bad oil smell keeps lingering even after cleaning. To get rid of this smell put the basket or pan in soapy water for half an hour (or maybe an hour) and clean again. Try a lemon if the smell still lingers. Rub it on the basket or pan and let it remain for 20-30 minutes, then rewash it. Baking soda and water paste can also be used instead of lemon. This wonder paste will do all the dirty work for you. Also, use a disinfectant often. It will eliminate the germs as well as the smell. 

Though the cleaning process is a little less fun it is so easy and does not consume your time either. You just have to follow a straightforward process. It is your responsibility to take good care of your appliance.