How to Clean Your Air Fryer With Easy DIY Soft Scrub

Have you ever looked at your air fryer and found a buildup of grease that makes you cringe? You're not alone. I’m tackling that mess and bringing my air fryer back to life using a homemade soft scrub.

Soft scrub is a gentle abrasive cleaner that won’t damage your appliances but can remove dirt buildup. The steps are so easy to make a DIY soft scrub to get your air fryer, and other items, gleaming once again.

Tools and materials

  • Dirty air fryer (with buildup)
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Hot water
  • Cleaning cloth or sponge
  • Optional: gloves (for protection)
  • Sink (for the added bonus)
Dirty air fryer

1. Soak with water and dish soap

Fill your sink or a basin with hot water and add a generous squirt of Dawn dish soap. Submerge the removable parts of your air fryer, letting them soak for two days to help loosen the buildup.

Mixing baking soda and Dawn dish soap

2. Make the DIY soft scrub

Make the homemade soft scrub by mixing baking soda and Dawn dish soap in a bowl.

DIY soft scrub

There's no exact recipe – just aim for a bluey gooey consistency.

Scrubbing the air fryer parts

3. Scrub for a few rounds

Apply the homemade soft scrub to the interior of your air fryer, focusing on areas with buildup. Gently scrub using a cleaning cloth or sponge. You'll find that the first few layers of buildup come off relatively easily.

Scrubbing the bottom basket of the air fryer

4. Keep scrubbing the bottom

The bottom basket of your air fryer, where grease collects, might be the trickiest spot. Be prepared to scrub this area a bit more.

Cleaning an air fryer

It might take three, four, or even five passes, but keep at it and use hot water.

Rinsing the bottom basket
Clean air fryer

5. Rinse well

For the final scrubbing pass, make sure you rinse everything out extremely well. Once the air fryer is rinsed, it should look as good as new.

Scrubbing the sink

Use the leftover soft scrub mixture to scrub your sink. It’s great for removing dirt and grime without damaging surfaces.

How to clean an air fryer with DIY soft scrub

DIY soft scrub

I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY soft scrub recipe. If you have any questions or want to share your own experiences, feel free to leave a comment below.

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