Experts warn popular air fryer cleaning hack could ‘ruin the appliance’

Experts warn popular air fryer cleaning hack could ‘ruin the appliance’

It seems that everyone loves an air fryer these days, with many people using them to cook tasty and healthy meals.

However, it is always a bit of a pain to clean them out.

But, experts say there are some cleaning hacks to avoid if you are giving yours a bit of a freshen up, as it can be 'dangerous' and ruin your appliance.

READ MORE: Mrs Hinch’s best kitchen cleaning hacks that make oven, toaster and fridge gleam

For those wanting to remove the grease and grime without causing damage, the experts at Studio have shared with RSVP Live the do's and don’ts of cleaning an air fryer.

DO: Read the instruction manual

As obvious as it may seem, you should always read the manual before cleaning your air fryer, as different makes and models have specific recommendations for cleaning.

For example, the instruction manual will explain which parts of your air fryer are removable, dishwasher-safe, and may even outline the most effective methods for cleaning each piece.

DO: Remove the risk by unplugging and emptying

You should never attempt to clean an electrical appliance unless it is switched off and removed from the plug socket.

If there is any hot oil still in the drawer, empty it out so cleaning is easier. Remember, do not dispose of oil down the sink as it can cause blockages. Instead, put the oil in a non-recyclable container and into your general waste bin.

Make sure to let all parts of the air fryer cool completely before attempting to clean it to avoid burning yourself.

DO: Take advantage of the dishwasher

If your air fryer is dishwasher-safe, make the most of it.

Most drawers and trays of an air fryer can be placed straight into the dishwasher, meaning you can give them a deep clean and remove grime with minimal effort.

Just pop the parts into the bottom rack of your dishwasher and set on a full wash. Remember to towel dry when you take them out before putting back into the air fryer.

DO: Get in all the nooks and crannies

If using a dishwasher isn’t an option, then clean your air fryer with warm soapy water.

A great tip for getting in the hard-to-reach crevices is to use a small soft-bristled brush, such as a bottle brush, to scrub in the smaller spaces. An old toothbrush would also work for getting into the tighter spots!

Avoid steel wire brushes or hard-bristled brushes as these will scratch the surface. If some stains are proving tricky to clean, let the removable parts of the air fryer soak in hot soapy water before tackling.

For the interior parts that can’t be removed, you can make a low-cost, non-abrasive cleaning solution by mixing equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. This solution will not only cost less than 50p but also leave your air fryer shiny and clean. Simply spray over the appliance and then wipe away with a damp cloth.

DON'T: Fill with water and turn on

One popular TikTok hack suggests filling the air fryer drawer with soap and water before turning it on for five minutes.

Unfortunately, this simple trick will not effectively remove those stubborn stains and is actually very dangerous. You should never add water to any kind of electrical equipment, and especially in an air fryer where the steam could rise and come into contact with the heating element.

This hack could be a costly mistake, damaging your air fryer beyond repair.

DON'T: Damage the non-stick coating

Using methods that are too rough or abrasive could damage your air fryer.

If you are using a course cloth, such as a scourer, to remove stubborn bits of oil or burnt food, you could not only be scratching the appliance but you might also remove the non-stick coating. We also recommend avoiding using any chemical-based cleaning sprays, as this could also impact the effectiveness of the non-stick coating over time.

This goes for the exterior of your air fryer too! Although it may not damage the working components of the air fryer, you could leave scratches on the outside of the appliance, which is not what you want to see in your pristine kitchen set-up.

DON'T: Forget to clean the heating element

Cleaning the heating element is not necessary after every use, but it is good practice to do so regularly to ensure grime doesn’t build up.

Dirt on the heating element could result in burning, which can cause damage to the appliance and leave a bad smell every time you use the air fryer.

To clean, gently wipe down the element with a cloth or a toothbrush to remove any grease that has built up. Do not use any cleaning products that could create fumes when next using the air fryer.

Once you’ve cleaned your air fryer completely, turn the appliance on and let it run for a few minutes without food to catch any stubborn bits of food which you were unable to shake free manually. And that’s all there is to it!

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