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How to keep your air fryer clean and functioning for years to come

Man using an air fryer

Air fryers have completely changed the way people cook, offering a much healthier alternative to deep frying without sacrificing flavor or texture. However, it’s important to maintain the appliances you use, especially if you use them frequently if you want them to last.

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How to clean an air fryer for optimal performance

Whether you have a Walmart air fryer or splurged for a Sur la Table air fryer, cleaning and maintenance needs are more or less the same. Follow the steps below to keep yours in the best possible condition for years to come.

Clean each time you cook

A clean air fryer is key if you want it to keep working properly and avoid malfunctions. First, remove the cooking basket and any accessories inside the machine. Wash these pieces with warm soapy water and rinse them thoroughly. Set them out and allow them to dry completely before putting them back in the air fryer.

While the machine is empty, wipe down any interior and exterior surfaces to remove buildup with a warm damp sponge or cloth. You can use a mild detergent or white vinegar to clean depending on your personal preferences.

Don’t forget the heating element

Beyond wiping down the surfaces, make sure there are no crumbs or residue around the heating element. This can affect the efficiency of the device and cause you to come up with subpar results if not maintained properly.

Be careful with non-stick coating

Most air fryers are made with non-stick materials, which can easily become damaged with abrasive scrubbers or sponges. Using a soft cloth or sponge is essential if you don’t want your machine to age prematurely.

Clean air fryer air inlet and vent

To ensure consistent airflow, clean the vent and air inlet of your air fryer. This helps prevent dust and debris buildup, and ensures your food is cooked evenly. Use a small delicate brush to remove unwanted particles and keep your machine clear of interruptions.

Store properly

Whenever you aren’t using your air fryer, make sure it’s stored in a secure and safe place. Make sure all the elements are completely dry before you put them back together to avoid unwanted mold and mildew.


If you follow the clean air fryer hacks above, you’ll be able to maintain a clean air fryer and keep enjoying your favorite indulgent meals at your leisure.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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