Keeping your air fryer in tiptop condition is important for people who don’t want their food to taste gross.

Leaving small food debris at the bottom of the basket will affect your overall food quality. You might be surprised how your chicken wings are served with a dried-up sweet potato on the side.

The good news is that it doesn’t take much of your time, keeping your air fryer clean can be done in the blink of an eye!

Easiest Clean-Up Method

The answer’s definitely not the one you’d like to hear, but you can easily maintain your air fryer by cleaning it every after use.

However, it’s totally different experience than cleaning a traditional deep-fryer. You won’t have to clean greasy, oily chaos.

Air fryer units these days have dishwasher-safe parts, making it an easier task for you. Simply push start, and the machine does the work for you.

But the biggest reason why we encourage you to clean your unit after cooking is to prevent yourself from dealing with stubborn food debris.

Steps On Cleaning Your Air Fryer

Materials needed:

  • Cotton/microfiber cloth
  • Sponge
  • Baking Soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Dishwashing Soap

Turn Off The Appliance

Unplug your air fryer and let it rest. Your unit will cool down after letting it sit for thirty minutes after use, you can fasten the cooling process by removing the basket and pan from the device.

Wipe The Exteriors

Use your preferred cleaning material (cotton or microfiber cloth) to thoroughly wipe the air fryer’s exterior. Once you’ve covered the outside, damp the non-abrasive sponge with hot water to clean the interior unit.

Heating Element Maintenance

Turn the air fryer upside-down, and use the sponge to wipe down its heating element.

Dealing With Stubborn Residue

If you encounter stubborn food debris that’s hard to remove from the appliance, whether it may be the exterior or interior, use baking soda.

Add enough to water to the baking soda to make a paste, use it to clean dirty areas with the sponge or brush. When already free from food residue, wipe the unit down with a cotton or cloth.

Basket And Pan

Most units have already made the basket and pan dishwasher-safe, so do as you would normally do with your plates. If the instruction manual doesn’t state that they are, then clean them the old fashioned way.

Use hot, foamy water to free them off from debris using a non-abrasive sponge. This is almost as quick and efficient as popping it in a dishwasher.

Soak It Up

If there’s still food leftovers stuck on the basket or pan, then soak it up with hot water. Use hot water to fill up the pan, and place the basket inside. Let it sit there for at least ten minutes, and wipe it clean with a sponge. Repeat this process until it’s fully clean and free from stains.


Leave the parts to dry for a couple of hours. Or you can manually dry the air fryer’s parts using a cotton cloth. Reassemble them back together once dried.