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How to Clean an Air Fryer

Keeping your air fryer clean is essential for maintaining its performance and longevity. If you use your air fryer frequently, it can quickly accumulate grease and food residue, making it difficult to clean. However, with the right tools and techniques, cleaning your air fryer can be a breeze.

How To Clean An Air Fryer Guide

Key Takeaways

  • Regular cleaning is essential for maintaining your air fryer’s performance and longevity.
  • Use warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush or sponge to clean the basket and tray.
  • Avoid abrasive materials that can scratch the non-stick coating.

How To Clean Air Fryer

Step 1

First, make sure that you’ve removed all the large food particles from the air fryer.

Remove Particles from Air Fryer Basket

Take out the basket and drawer from the air fryer and fill them with hot water and dish soap. I recommend using Dawn dish soap* as it acts as a great degreaser.

How to Clean an Air Fryer Drawer

Step 2

While the air fryer basket and drawer soak, take a moment to enjoy your delicious meal! After you’ve eaten, take a non-abrasive sponge* and give the basket and drawer a good scrub. Be sure to avoid using any abrasive materials as they can damage the non-stick coating of the air fryer.

Good to know: If there are any stubborn stains or baked-on grease, you can use a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush to scrub them away.

How to Clean an Air Fryer Basket

Step 3

Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the basket and drawer thoroughly with warm water. Be sure to check the heating coil and the interior of the air fryer for any remaining food particles or grease.

Cleaning Air Fryer

Step 4

Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior of the air fryer. Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive materials as they can damage the finish of the air fryer.

How to Clean an Air Fryer Step4

Finally, reassemble the air fryer and enjoy your next delicious meal!


If you are looking for a new air fryer that is easy to clean, then I can recommend the Cosori Pro*. The removable nonstick coating and dishwasher-safe basket make cleaning a breeze.


How often should you clean your air fryer?

It is recommended to clean your air fryer after every use to ensure it maintains its performance and longevity. Even if you only use it once a week, it’s important to clean it thoroughly to prevent the buildup of grease and food particles.

What are some effective cleaning hacks for air fryers?

  1. One effective cleaning hack is to use a mixture of warm water and dish soap to clean the basket. For stubborn stains, you can add a tablespoon of baking soda to the mixture.
  2. Another hack is to use a toothbrush or soft-bristled brush to scrub the basket and tray, especially around the edges where food particles tend to accumulate.

What’s the best way to remove sticky residue from my air fryer?

To remove sticky residue, you can use a mixture of warm water and vinegar. Let the mixture sit in the basket for a few minutes before wiping it clean with a soft cloth.

How can I safely clean my air fryer’s heating element?

To clean the heating element, make sure the air fryer is unplugged and completely cooled down. Use a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush to gently clean the heating element. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that could damage the element.

Can vinegar and baking soda be used together to clean an air fryer?

While vinegar and baking soda are both effective cleaning agents, it’s not recommended to use them together to clean an air fryer. The combination of the two can create a chemical reaction that could damage the air fryer’s interior. You can use instead baking soda and water.

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