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Air fryers are no less than bliss for people who can’t resist fried foods but also want to reduce calories. And consider me one of those people. Let us admit that our mouth fills with water as soon as any fried food is on our plate. And thanks to the invention of electric air fryers that have changed the way we used to fry foods. But is cleaning air fryers as easy as frying food in them?

Small or large, cleaning of every appliance is necessary. And if you love your air fryer then it is important to thoroughly clean it after every use. Simply throwing the parts into the dishwasher will not do the trick. This is because certain foods like chicken wings, bacon, etc release fat as soon as the temperature inside the cavity gets high. And all this grease/fat collects into a drip tray at the bottom.

How to clean air fryer

It is extremely easy to remove the drip tray and get rid of all the mess. But if you keep delaying cleaning your air fryer then the tray will develop a hard layer of grease over time. And this is an open invitation to bacteria. Also, do not forget about the odd smell that will infuse in your food every time you use the air fryer with the dirty tray.

I’m not here to scare you or belittle the air fryer. No doubt, they are a wonderful invention and a long-lasting kitchen appliance. But just like every other kitchen appliance, air fryers also need cleaning.

How do you get baked on grease out of an air fryer basket?

Baked on residue is common with overstuffing the fryer basket. Or if you recently added any wet marinated food in the basket. No matter what the reason is, the aim to de-grease the air fryer for a better frying session next time. And below mentioned is the best way to deep clean an air fryer to get rid of sticky surface and baked-on greasy matter. For that,

You’ll need:

  • 1/2-cup baking soda
  • Few teaspoons of water
  • Clean cotton cloth/Paper towels/Non-abrasive sponge
  • Soft bristle brush


  • Unplug: Do not attempt to clean an air fryer with the plug still in the socket. This is extremely dangerous. Always unplug the fryer or any electric kitchen appliance before cleaning them.
  • Detach: Take out all the removable parts of an air fryer like the fryer basket, inside racks, etc.
  • Soft clean: Use a damp microfiber/cotton cloth to clean the inside of the air fryer. You can also turn the appliance upside down to clean the interior comfortably. Be a little careful while wiping the heating element.
  • Deep clean: If the parts of your electric air fryer are dishwasher safe then well and good. You can simply pop them in the dishwasher for safe and effective cleaning. But if you still feel greasiness then it is better to clean them with your hands every once in a while. Make a paste of baking soda by adding a little water and with the help of a soft bristle brush, spread it over the gunk. You can either clean the entire fryer basket, drip tray, or rack with the baking soda mixture or perform spot cleaning.
  • Wash/Rinse: After letting the baking soda mixture sit on the surface for up to 5 minutes, it’s time to wash it off with clean water. Simply rinse the parts in the sink thoroughly.
  • Dry: Use paper towels to dry the parts. Leave them for 20-30 minutes after drying to ensure there is no water left on any corner.
  • Reassemble: Once all the parts are thoroughly cleaned, reassemble them and make a delicious air-fried batch.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Fryer

Clean your air fryer after every use. This one simple practice will ensure the long life of your appliance. Besides, cleaning the electric air fryer after every use will not require deep cleaning very often. You’ll see there is no sticky residue or gunk on the bottom tray.

If you find it slothful to handwash air fryer parts then go for a brand that offers dishwasher-safe parts. You can easily wash the dishwasher-safe parts in the electric appliance once they’re cooled down to room temperature. Then let the dishwasher deal with the messy gunk, sticky residue, baked-on grease, and who knows what else.

The Bottom Line

Keep your air fryer free from odd smell, sticky residue, and gunk by cleaning them regularly. Cleaning them is no bigge, thanks to dishwasher-safe parts of many leading air fryer brands. But do not worry if your model does not offer dishwasher-friendly parts. It takes a minute or two to clean parts.

You can use your regular dishwashing detergent/soap to clean the parts regularly. Then make mouthwatering air fryer recipes in your electric fryer without worrying about the smell of previous food infusing or smoke emerging from the device.