It’s a relatively quick and easy process, if you know what you're doing.

By Jenny McCoy
February 08, 2019
Photo courtesy of Walmart.

If, like many Americans, you’ve boarded the air fryer train, you’re probably enjoying crispy veggies, healthy proteins, and better-for-you desserts on the reg. These countertop convection ovens are, in a word, magic. (Just don’t make these common air fryer mistakes!)

 Yet in the midst of cooking up your favorite foods, it’s also important to pencil in a less appetizing activity: cleaning the dang thing.  

Why is cleaning your air fryer important? Well, the appliance collects oils and fat from the food it cooks, Caitlin Bart, senior marketing manager for Philips Kitchen Appliances, told Cooking Light in an email. If it’s not cleaned, said oils and fats could build up over time and create smoke and/or a strong oil odor during cooking. This, in turn, could infuse your otherwise delicious eats with an unwanted oily flavor. That’s why Bart recommends cleaning the device after each use.

If, at any time, your air fryer smokes and/or emits a strong oil smell during cooking, it’s probably overdue for a cleaning, says Bart. Another telltale sign you need to scrub is if food comes out tasting like oil, she adds. 

Though cleaning your air fryer probably sounds a little (okay, a LOT) less fun that cooking with it, it’s a relatively easy and straightforward process. You don’t need to spend much time or effort to get the job done.  

Note: the following tips are for a Philips Airfryer specifically, though this advice would likely apply to other fryers. [If you’re unsure, please check with your air fryer’s manufacturer for cleaning tips specific to your make/model.]

 These are the materials you need to clean your air fryer:  

Here’s how to clean the pan and basket of your air fryer:

One additional tip: if the pan and basket of your air fryer have a non-stick coating (like the Philips models), avoid using metal kitchen utensils or abrasive cleaning materials to clean them—this could damage the non-stick coating.  

How to clean the inside of your air fryer: