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How to Clean an Air Fryer the Right Way, According to Experts

Plus, how often you should be cleaning your appliance.

3/2/2021 6:30:00 PM

Plus, how often you should be cleaning your appliance.

Plus, how often you should be cleaning your appliance.

to Do When Cleaning an Air FryerWhen cleaning your air fryer, never use utensils to remove stuck-on food. "Your air fryer comes with a nonstick coating, which is very easy to scratch and wear away when scraped by utensils," says Bailey Carson, head of cleaning at

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Handy. The same goes for steel wool, metal scrubbers or abrasive sponges.You shouldn't use disinfectant to clean your air fryer, either, as disinfectants aren't typically safe for food-contact surfaces. "If you choose to use a sanitizing solution to keep your air fryer germ-free, double-check the label to make sure it's been approved for food-contact surfaces," says Hutchings. "A few

approved sanitizersare chlorine, iodine and quaternary ammonium."The high heat of a dishwasher is another great way to sanitize your air fryer—just make sure to check your air fryer's manual to confirm your basket, tray and pan are dishwasher-safe before popping them in, Hutchings adds.

You also want to make sure your air fryer is unplugged before wiping it down, and avoid submerging the main unit in water, so as to not shock yourself or short-circuit the unit.How Often You Should Clean an Air FryerIdeally, your air fryer should be cleaned after every use in order to avoid charred food and gunk buildup. But there are certain parts where an occasional clean will suffice.

"The parts of your air fryer that must be washed after each use are the basket, tray and pan," says Bedwyr. "These can either be washed by hand, or depending on the particular model of air fryer, added to your next dishwasher load." Wiping down the interior after each use is also a good idea.

Since air fryers require a minimal amount of oil in order to work, there isn't as much greasy residue left behind after each use, so you don't need to clean the appliance's exterior as often as its interior, says Bedwyr. Feel free to wipe down your air fryer's exterior after every few uses.

Your air fryer's heating coil can be checked every couple of months for oil residue. "If you notice it's become a bit dirty, unplug the appliance and clean the coil with a damp cloth," says Bedwyr, letting it thoroughly dry before using your air fryer again.

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How to Clean an Air Fryer from Start to FinishStep 1: Gather Your SuppliesBefore you start cleaning your air fryer, first gather all of the necessary tools and supplies. Read more: Food & Wine »

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I love that mine is dishwasher safe! Makes it easy!!