If it takes an hour to cook your food, it takes approximately the same time to tidy up the kitchen after eating. Most of us hate to do the deed and would leave it for the next day. Little do we know that our air fryer and the dishes will have a layer of hard grime by the time we decide to clean them.
So, to make the cleaning process easier, we tend to use dishwashers. But can an air fryer go in a dishwasher?
No, an entire air fryer cannot go in a dishwasher, but all its removable parts can! Simply detach the parts (such as the basket, tray, etc.) and put them in the dishwasher.
However, an air fryer is not limited to detachable parts only. The rest of the system will have to be cleaned manually.
Washing the frying basket + removable parts in a dishwasher
The frying basket is the main character of your cooking process. It holds the food you want to cook with all the grease and juices. Similar to it are the other parts, such as the splatter cover and the tray; however, they aren’t used as often as the basket.
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It’s not uncommon for these parts to get angry stains after cooking. Here’s what you need to do to clean them:
- It is best to soak the parts in soap water before the wash. By doing so, you can get rid of most of the dried grime.
- Make sure to put the parts on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
- The inner temperature of the dishwasher should not exceed 149°F.
- Run a normal wet cycle and then a dry cycle of the dishwasher.
- Even if you want to wash the parts by hand, soaking them first in soap water is best.
- Always use soft brushes and clothes for cleaning.
- The lining of the frying basket is coated with non-stick material. Do not use abrasive dishwashing soap that could potentially damage the coating.
Note: Never put the main unit of the air fryer in the dishwasher or even in direct contact with water.
Cleaning the main unit of an air fryer
While the removable parts are easy to wash and dry, the main unit might give you a hard time. That is because you have to be extremely careful with it throughout the cleaning process.
- Use a soft, damp cloth to clean the outside of the air fryer. Use soap water if necessary, but clean it with another cloth soaked in fresh water.
- To clean the heating element, you can use a soft sponge of an old toothbrush to loosen the dried gunk. That is where you have to be extra careful as the heating element is a sensitive part. Use a long brush to wipe the debris out of the fryer.
- For cleaning the fan, we’ve got a thorough guide for you as it is a slightly long process.
- The drawer might not be suitable to put in the dishwasher, but it is super easy to clean. If you notice dried grease stuck to it, soak the drawer in lukewarm soap water for 15 minutes and gently scrub the dirt away.
Air fryer maintenance
It is a topic of debate whether you should clean your air fryer after every cook or not. Some say that it is good to clean it while others perhaps wait longer and clean it once a week. Either way, one thing is confirmed – air fryer parts should not be washed in a dishwasher regularly.
Washing dishes in a dishwasher is different from washing dishes by hand. In a dishwasher, the temperature is high, and the detergents stronger than the regular ones. These factors may damage your air fryer components if washed regularly.
However, you can wash the frying basket by hand after cooking without any immediate concern. You may delay the thorough cleaning after a few cooks, but since the basket is used the most often, it is best to clean it.
Secondly, you must be careful while assembling the air fryer after washing its parts. Any wrong placements may cause issues like bubbling and damage to the non-stick coating.
Concluding thoughts on whether an air fryer can go in a dishwasher
A gadget like the air fryer deserves all the appreciation it needs. It saves our time and has made the cooking process a lot of fun. However, taking good care of it should also be a priority, including proper cleaning. Therefore, use the dishwasher on the air fryer parts where appropriate. The more we take care of our gadgets, the longer they will serve us!