Air fryers cook with little or no oil, however, you may still have some grease leftover in the food basket. This grease can be from the meat or food you're cooking, or if you'd added a little amount of oil. Whichever is the case, let's show you how to clean grease from an air fryer's basket. Remember, a dirty air fryer can make your food smell and taste bad. Hence,  if you want to keep enjoying fresh crispy food, you need to get yours looking squeaky clean.

On the other hand, it is worth noting that cleaning an air fryer is quite easy since these units do not require that you submerge food in oil. You don't have to deal with grease all over the place, and at the same time consume more calories. Therefore, you get the benefit of eating healthily and spending less time cleaning.

Besides, some air fryers are dishwasher safe and food does not coat the nonstick food basket which makes it even easier to clean. And given that you cook with less oil compared to a deep fryer, you'll spend less time cleaning after yourself. With that in mind, try the following tips to degrease an air fryer easily after trying a recipe.

Wash After Each Use

To clean grease from an air fryer's basket, you need to wash it immediately after each use. Here's how to do it properly:

  • Turn off the air fryer and unplug it from the power source. If the unit has just been cooked with, let it cool off for about 30 minutes.
  • Detach the food basket from the main unit.
  • Soak it in hot water and cleaning liquid for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Wash the food basket.
  • Thoroughly clean the basket and then reassemble it into the main unit.

You can use a micro-fiber cloth or non-abrasive scrubber sponges to clean the food basket which ensures that scratches or smudges are not left on the unit. Likewise, if the cleaning material has a medium to thin thickness, it can be used to clean the basket.

On the other hand, there’s the option to place the air fryer in a dishwasher to get it cleaned instead of manually washing it (check the appliance's manual to ensure that it has been rated dishwasher safe). Other parts of an air fryer that can be washed using the method above are the tray and pan.

What You Shouldn't Try

An air fryer needs to be cleaned regularly, however, there are some things you should avoid doing while cleaning this appliance. Some of these include:

1. Do Not Place the Main Unit in Water:

While trying to maintain your air fryer, ensure that you do not submerge the main unit in water either to wash off the oil or dirt on it. This is because water can ruin the electrical components of the unit. Instead, unplug the unit and take out the parts that need to be cleaned. You can then use a damp cotton or microfiber cloth to wipe the main unit's exterior. Its interior can be cleaned with hot water and a non-abrasive sponge.

On the other hand, very little grease residue is what you'll find on the air fryer's exterior, and as such, you don't have to maintain it as frequently as its internal components. Nonetheless, a clean damp cloth should always be used to clean the unit's exterior.

2. Avoid Using Sharp Objects on the Air Fryer Parts:

Whether it's grease or stubborn food stains you're trying to get rid of on your air fryer, do not use sharp objects or those made of metal. These air fryers come with a nonstick coating and using metal utensils could remove these coatings. As such, it may be difficult to transfer food from the basket to a tray.


Now that you know how to clean grease on an air fryer's food basket the easy way, you can do so without damaging your unit. This task is quite easy since there's little or no oil left behind after cooking. Moreover, you can clean the appliance using a dishwasher which saves you from the task of maintaining it with your hands. What this means is that if you don't like the cleaning chore that comes with cooking, you've found a better way to handle it.