How to Clean an Air Fryer?

Have you ever wondered how to clean an air fryer? I know when I first got mine, it was a little daunting. But don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple! Today, we are going to cover all the different ways you can clean your air fryer so that you can be using yours in no time at all!

Presenting you with the variety of methods instructing on how to clean an air fryer?

Method 1 – Disassemble the basket and base parts for washing

Supplies needed

Here’s the supplies you’ll need


  • Remove the lower basket from the heating element. You can do this by turning it counter clockwise to unscrew it.
  • Then remove the upper basket in the same way.
  • Wash each of these pieces separately with warm soapy water and a sponge or soft cloth.
  • If you like you can use dish soap to help get rid of any grease that may be on them too!
  • Don’t use steel wool pads instead of a scrubber because they could end up scratching your air fryer’s coating which will make it rust more easily down the road.
  • Rinse all pieces.

Method 2

Supplies needed

Gather the following supplies.

  • Clean cloth
  • Warm soapy water
  • Dish soap (optional)


  • Remove the inner basket from the outer basket.
  • Remove the heating element by turning it counter clockwise.
  • You can then wash all pieces in warm soapy water with a sponge or soft cloth.
  • If you like, use some dish soap to help cut any grease that may be on them. These are not dishwasher safe so remember to wash your air fryer parts by hand!

Method 3 – Skip the mess and use paper towels instead of a brush or sponge!

Supplies needed

  • 2-3 paper towels
  • Vinegar (optional)


Clean each part without getting your hands dirty!

  • Place 2 -3 paper towels in the bottom of your base.
  • Add warm soapy water just to cover them, then add some vinegar if you like.
  • Place your basket over the towels and let it soak for 5-10 minutes while you do something else!
  • Once soaked, wipe clean with a cloth or towel.
  • If you need more soap or water at any point feel free to add some! Just make sure not to get any on the air fryer heating element, because it could cause damage since this is an electrical appliance.

Method 4 – Clean without soaking at all!

Supplies needed

  • Warm soapy water,
  • Dish soap (optional),
  • Sponge or soft cloth,
  • Stiff brush (optional)

Pro tip

This method is perfect if there are only small food bits stuck on parts of your air fryer. You can also use this method if you want to avoid the mess that comes with soaking your parts in water!


  • Simply add warm soapy water to your base using a measuring cup
  • Place your basket inside.
  • Next, turn the frying pan upside down and rest it on top of the base opening.
  • This keeps all or most of the liquid from coming out and turning into a huge mess.
  • Scrub each part with either a sponge or cloth dipping them into the warm soapy water as needed – just be careful not to get any liquid onto any electrical parts including the heating element because doing so could damage it!
  • Rinse all pieces well once they are clean and dry thoroughly before putting them back together again.

Method 5 – Don’t want to use soap at all? Check out this alternative method

Supplies needed

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush (optional)
  • Paper towel (optional)

Pro tip

This method is perfect if you are looking for a very natural way to clean your air fryer parts.


  • Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl, adding more of either if needed.
  • Dip a small rag or paper towel into the mixture then use it to wipe down all pieces well.
  • You can follow up by wiping each part with baking soda on another cloth or paper towel, which will help to scrub off any greasy residue that might be left over!
  • Once everything is dried thoroughly, reassemble your basket and base parts so that you are ready to fry up something delicious!

Remember that when you are not using your air fryer, the heating element always needs to be kept dry! If you choose to do one of the soaking methods, make sure your unit is unplugged and take out the heating element first to ensure that no water gets into the control panel. Also, remember to always let each part dry thoroughly before putting it all back together – this helps prevent any rusting inside too!

Method 6 – Cleaning after cooking fish or other greasy foods

Supplies Needed

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Paper towels

If you are looking to clean your air fryer parts after cooking anything that is particularly greasy, this method may be exactly what you need.


  • Start by covering the inside of your base with a few paper towels soaked in white distilled vinegar.
  • Let them soak for 5-10 minutes until the metal bits have turned black with grease – this means they are ready for cleaning!
  • You can either rinse everything well with water first then wipe down each part with a cloth or dish towel.

Just remember to let all pieces dry out thoroughly before putting them back together again.

Want to know if we need to preheat an air fryer, read our interesting post.

Method 7 – Cleaning after cooking very sugary foods

Supplies Needed

  • Warm water
  • Dish soap (optional)
  • Toothbrush (optional)
  • Scrubber sponge or cloth

This method is perfect if you are looking to clean your air fryer after cooking anything that was particularly sugary.


  • Start by filling up the base with warm water and add some dish soap if you like.
  • Then dip a small rag, an old toothbrush, or other scrubber into the soapy water and use it to gently wipe down all parts well.
  • After everything is clean rinse thoroughly with water before placing back on your countertop.

This helps keep your unit dry when not in use! Make sure all pieces are completely dry before reassembling everything again too.

Method 8 – Cleaning after cooking anything greasy or sweet

Supplies Needed

  • Warm water
  • Dish soap (optional)
  • Kitchen sponge or cloth

Pro tip

This method is perfect if you are looking for an easy way to clean your air fryer in between uses.


  • Start by filling the base with warm water and adding some dish soap if you like.
  • Next, wet a kitchen sponge or rag then squeeze out any excess liquid before wiping down all parts.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water once everything is clean then let all pieces dry out before putting them back together again properly.

Method 9 – Cleaning after using it to make popcorn

Supplies needed

  • Damp rag
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Kitchen towel

If you are one of many people who loves popping their own corn in an air fryer when they want something less greasy than microwave popcorn, make sure to clean it well after every use. This helps ensure that no unpopped kernels or oil gets stuck in the machine and can cause problems later on! The best way to do this is by using a damp rag with dish soap and scrubbing all surfaces well. Soak up any excess water with a kitchen towel then let everything dry before reassembling your air fryer again – if you follow these simple steps it will last for many years to come!

Method 10 – Cleaning for between uses: Wipe down without soapy water

It might not be as thorough as one of the other cleaning methods we’ve mentioned, but there are certainly times when you want an easy way to down your air fryer especially if you only plan to use it a few times before putting it away for storage. In this case, just wipe down the inside of your unit with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly after cleaning – remember that no water should ever enter or get into any part of your air fryer if it is plugged in! Just keep an eye on things and be sure to unplug the cord before doing anything else.


How to clean an air fryer basket?

Cleaning an air fryer basket is just as important as cleaning the other parts of your unit. Start by rinsing it well with warm water and dish soap before wiping down each surface with a cloth or towel. You can also use a scrubber sponge if you want to make sure every bit of the basket comes clean.***

How to clean air fryer heating element?

  1. If your air fryer has a removable heating element like Philips, clean it with a soft cloth dipped in mild/neutral detergent solution (use little water) and wipe off the dirt. Don’t use rough cloths or sponges; that might damage the coating of the heating element.
  2. Make sure to unplug the air fryer and let it cool off.
  3. If the heating element is not removable, go to step 4.
  4. Clean the air fryer outside with a soft cloth dipped in mild/neutral detergent solution (use little water) and wipe off the dirt. Do not use rough cloths or sponges as they might damage the coating of the body.

Do not clean the heating element with water as it might get damaged.

How to clean air fryer coil?

When cleaning the coil, it is recommended to use a paper towel or soft cloth. The metal parts can be cleaned with soapy water and a sponge.

How to clean the air fryer tray?

When cooking with an air fryer, the food debris has a tendency to stick on the tray. It is important to clean it after every use in order to prevent it from building up and making cleaning harder in the future. The best way to clean the air fryer tray is by using hot water and powdered soap.

How often to clean the air fryer?

It is recommended to clean your air fryer every few uses and more regularly if you notice any spots or residue on the basket.


Cleaning an air fryer properly is important to ensure the machine functions at optimum levels. The steps we outlined in this post should help you maintain your air fryer and keep it running for a long time. We hope that our advice has helped you understand how to clean an air fryer and why proper maintenance of these machines can be so beneficial. If there are any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!