The best way to clean the air fryer basket is by hand since the base of the appliance is NOT dishwasher- or sink-safe. An old toothbrush can be used to gently scrub the problem areas after adding baking soda to the dish soap.
Many people have questions about how to properly clean and maintain air fryers, and since I’ve spent countless hours doing so over the course of a few weeks—not to mention months of personal home use—I’m the guy with the answers.
Are Air Fryer Parts Dishwasher Safe?
To be absolutely certain of what can and cannot be placed inside the dishwasher, you must first consult the manual that came with your model.
The manufacturer can also be questioned directly. The basket and drawer can typically be put in the dishwasher.
Brands of air fryers include Phillips, Farberware, NuWare, Ninja, Chefman, and Gourmia, among others. state the removable components as dishwasher safe.
Let’s move on to your question, and I’ll explain how to clean air fryer parts inside the dishwasher.
How to Clean Air Fryer Parts Inside a Dishwasher
For a list of items that can be put in the dishwasher, read the manufacturing instructions booklet carefully.
- Unplug the air fryer basket and let it cool down
- Remove the dishwashing-safe parts of an air fryer basket
- Place them over a folded towel on your countertop (to avoid dropping them)
- Put the dishwasher’s removable parts inside. The basket will need a good amount of space so put it in the widest rack (depending on your model)
- Let the dishwasher run a normal cycle
- After cleaning, remove the air fryer parts from the dishwasher and pat them dry with a towel. Now is the time to put them back together in the main apparatus.
While cleaning air fryer parts in a dishwasher is simple, hand washing is almost universally advised.
Your air fryer’s lifespan will be prolonged by hand washing.
What Are Some Basic Tips for Air-fryer Cleaning?
The two most crucial cleaning tips are to never immerse the air fryer’s main body in water and to avoid getting the heating element excessively wet. The drawer and any crumb-catching trays or basket inserts inside an air fryer basket with a drawer-style design, like our winner, can be taken out for separate cleaning. Removable trays and baskets are a feature of the majority of oven-style and flip-top models.
Should I Use the Dishwasher Or Hand-wash?
A lot of air fryers, including the one that won, have dishwasher-safe baskets, trays, and other inserts. But I very rarely, if ever, wash these parts in the dishwasher when I use our winner at home. Why? Because they take up a lot of valuable dishwasher space and are easy to wipe clean thanks to their nonstick coatings. Instead of using the dishwasher, I choose hot water, our favorite dish soap, and our go-to kitchen sponge. Scrubbing and rinsing everything only takes a few seconds.
If your air-fryer basket and tray aren’t nonstick and collect a lot of foods that are stubbornly cooked on, I suggest cleaning them with our best heavy-duty scrub brush. In addition, if you have a room, you can always use the dishwasher. Just make sure the parts are actually dishwasher-safe before using the dishwasher.
How to Hand Clean Your Airfryer?
To clean your Airfryer, you’ll need some warm, soapy water, a gentle sponge, and a damp microfiber cloth.
Step 1 – Airfryer Parts You Want to Clean
From the air fryer basket, take out the basket and drawer.
To drain off oil and food particles, flip them over above the sink.
Step 2 – Clean the Outer Body of Air Fryer
A damp microfiber can be used to clean the air fryer basket’s exterior.
As it does not come into contact with food, the outer body is rarely dirty.
Just a good wipe with a damp cloth is enough to get it sparklingly clean
Step 3 – Soak the Removed Parts
For a minimum of 15-20 minutes, soak the basket and drawer in hot, soapy water.
Let the parts soak all night if there are dense buildups. A paste made of baking soda and water can also be applied to stubborn buildups.
Leave it overnight and clean it the following day with a soft sponge or cloth.
Another option is to soak overnight in a vinegar and water solution.
Step 4 – Give a Gentle Scrubbing
To remove the grease and food grime, scrub a soft sponge over the area.
With warm water, rinse off the soap.
Dry the drawer and basket completely. Clean the components with a dry towel.
Step 5 – Clean the Heating Element
Place your Airfryer upside-down on a folded towel.
While you clean your Airfryer, the towel will provide a stable surface.
Gently scrub the heating element and surrounding areas with a soft sponge to remove any grease or food debris.
Wipe away all the dirt with a damp microfiber cloth. To get rid of grime in difficult-to-reach places, you can also use an old toothbrush.
After drying off, turn the air fryer back into position.
Step 7 – Assemble It Back
Reconstruct the detachable air fryer components and insert them into the main body. The condition of your Airfryer is now like new.
To learn more about cleaning your air fryer, view the video below.
Do I Really Need to Clean My Air Fryer With Soap Every Single Time?
It can be tempting to simply wipe down the basket or tray with a wet paper towel or rag and call it a night if you’re heating up just a few frozen chicken nuggets for a child’s dinner and there isn’t any additional oil involved. If this is sufficient to keep things secure and hygienic, I questioned our science research editor. The conclusion is that, if you don’t clean with soap, there will be enough food residue left over for bacteria and other microbes to grow. If you run the air fryer hot and for a long enough period of time, it will kill any microbes that were growing on the unwashed residue, making it not very dangerous. But bugs and other pests find this residue to be alluring. The air fryer should always be thoroughly washed with soap after use.
It’s always a good idea to read your manual or get in touch with your manufacturer, even though the majority of brands assert that the removable air fryer parts are dishwasher safe.
Let the components cool before putting them in the dishwasher rack after confirming that they are dishwasher-safe.
Before re-inserting them into the main chamber of the air fryer after cleaning, let them dry.
Can Parts of An Airfryer Go in the Dishwasher?
While the pan/tray and basket of an air fryer can typically go in the dishwasher (check your manual first to be sure), we don’t advise doing so on a regular basis as this could weaken the non-stick coatings over time. Your air fryer should only require a gentle hand wash.
Which Air Fryer is Dishwasher Safe?
The Ninja comes with two nonstick crisper plates in addition to the two air fryer baskets, and all of the extras are dishwasher-safe.
Can You Put Ninja Air Fryer Drawers in Dishwasher?
You can either hand-wash or use a dishwasher to clean the drawers and crisper plates. After using, air-dry or towel-dry all parts that have been hand-washed. The drawers should be hand-washed to increase their lifespan.