How to Clean Air Fryer

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My aunt bought an air fryer a few weeks ago as a wedding anniversary gift for my lovely parents. I absolutely love it. It is an awesome device that I can use to air fry, toast, and broil all sorts of food with ease and convenience.

However, I noticed the little tray and other parts can get dirty and make foods taste so bad. Like other kitchen gadgets, an air fryer will need frequent cleaning and maintenance in order to perform optimally as you probably expect. A dirty air fryer can build up grease, hence causing your device to smoke and reduce the quality of your food.

Today, I am going to show you how to clean an air fryer properly and keep it running at its best. Remember, you must cultivate a habit of cleaning your air fryer every time you use it to prevent smells and flavors from accumulating. My guidelines below also cover how to clean air fryer Philips relatively quickly and easily.

Let us get started.

What You Will Need Clean Air Fryer

I promise that you do not need a lot of things to clean your air fryer. But, there are a few necessary essentials for cleaning an air fryer. These include the following:

  • Soft sponge
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Flexible cleaning brush
  • Soft or medium-bristle cleaning brush
  • Paper towels or soft cloth

How to clean the air fryer basket & pan

Switch off the device and unplug it from the wall socket. Allow it a few minutes to cool completely in order to prevent electrocution, injury or damage to your device. This seems obvious, but it will save you tons of repair expenses.

Now, using hot soapy water and a soft sponge, wipe down the outside and inside of the basket and pan.  Some air fryer accessories like pans and baskets are dishwasher safe. If your accessories are dishwasher safe, simply pop them in the dishwasher for safe and effective cleanup.

If your air fryer pan has crusty bits stuck to the bottom, you might want to soak it in the sink filled with hot soapy water. Allow it up to 10 minutes to soak in order to loosen the crust and make it easier to remove using a sponge.

The air fryer models like Philips have baskets and pans with a non-stick coating. In this case, do not clean these appliances using abrasive cleaning materials such as metal kitchen utensils. Their non-stick coating can be damaged by these abrasive cleaning materials.

How to clean air fryer coil

Cleaning the heating element of an air fryer may seem like a hard task, but it is not. First, turn the device upside-down to expose the heating element or air fryer coil. Then, wipe down the coil using a non-abrasive sponge and hot water.

If there are any food particles stuck on the coil, remove them using a soft- or medium-bristle brush. On Phillips air fryer models, you will find the heating element near the top of the unit. Avoid using a hard bristle brush or a steel wire brush to clean the coil or heating element because they can damage the coating.

After you clean the device, allow all parts to air dry completely before you can reassemble and use.  You can also use a clean cotton cloth or paper towels to dry the pan, basket, and main unit prior to reassembling the air fryer. Finally, make sure to clean your air fryer after every use to prevent food elements and grease from building up and to ease your next cleaning task.

Kathy Smith

Hi, I am Kathy Smith. I am chief chef in KitchenGearPros. I am also a freelance blogger. I share my cooking related experience and knowledge.

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