When you begin to use your instant pot air fryer, you should expect it to get dirty once in a while after use, and as such, it would need a thorough cleaning.
It is possible to have your instant pot stained with tough dirt. Thus, finding it difficult to get it cleaned.
How do you clean an instant pot air fryer, and what kind of cleaning tool can you use?
Cleaning tools to use
The kind of cleaning tools you use in cleaning your instant pot air fryer largely depends on the kind of brand of air fryer that you are using.
For instance, if all the air fryer brands are dishwasher safe, some may prefer that you use your hands as a means of washing and maintaining the air fryer, while others assign some detachable parts like the air fryer basket and dishwasher safe.
So it is essential for you to check the manual for more insight on what cleaning tools and products to use because a wrong cleaning product can have a lasting negative effect on the air fryer.
If you are unsure that your air fryer is dishwasher safe, then there are other safe tools and products that you can consider using to get your air fryer clean.
For the cleaning products, you can get; apple cider vinegar, water, white vinegar (this can be used in place of the apple cider vinegar), baking soda, microfiber cloth, a soft sponge, mild liquid dishwashing soap, and an old toothbrush.
What kind of cleaning tools should you avoid?
You should totally avoid abrasives. If any cleaning tool that is harsh and tough, kindly avoid them.
Chemicals should never be used as a cleaning agent because they can tarnish the air fryer, and it is totally unhealthy to have them around as a cleaning agent, especially in cleaning a delicate kitchen appliance.
You should also avoid using strong coarse brushes. Brushes with stiff edges/tips. Avoid hard sponges.
This is because during scrubbing, they will end up tearing or peeling the non-stick coat surface of the air fryer, and you wouldn’t like the aftermath.
Instead of these stiff and hard sponges and brushes, it would be better if you use soft sponges, foam, or toothbrushes.
This is because these tools will not affect the non-stick coat surface of the air fryer.
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How Do You Clean Your Instant Pot Air Fryer
To clean your air fryer, you can make use of baking soda and white vinegar. So if you have this lying around in your kitchen, then you can make use of it.
In a bowl, make a baking soda and vinegar solution, then pour it into the air fryer.
The solution can be thick or liquid. It all depends on the kind of consistency you want.
Just ensure that the solution covers the surface of the air fryer, then leave it to soak for a few minutes. About 20 minutes.
Then get your old toothbrush and begin to scrub the affected areas.
Scrub from the bottom up until the whole dirt is out.
Next, simply try to rinse the air fryer with warm soapy water. Where you will use the soft sponge or foam to rub across the surface of the air fryer. Then, pour the water away and rinse.
After that, get your microfiber cloth and dry the inside of the air fryer.
Use apple cider vinegar just in case you don’t have baking soda or the normal vinegar at home.
Pour just a cup of apple cider vinegar into the air fryer. Pour just enough to cover the surface. It mustn’t be full to the brim.
Next, allow it to sit for 20 minutes to soak in the dirt and soften the stubborn stains.
Once the minutes are over, get your old toothbrush and scrub the air fryer thoroughly.
After that, pour out the water, and pour in warm soapy water, then rub gently with the aid of foam or soft sponge, pour out the water and rinse the air fryer.
Then dry with the aid of a soft cloth or microfiber towel.
So, if you do not have baking soda or apple cider vinegar at home, but all you have is the white vinegar that you use in baking, then you can also use that as well.
Just get a cup, fill it up to half with vinegar, and then top it up with warm water.
This is done because the vinegar in itself is acidic, and it may be too harsh by the time it comes in contact with thinly coated surfaces like the air fryer.
Pour the mixture into the air fryer and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. After that, get a soft sponge and begin to scrub the air fryer.
When the dirt is out, rinse using a warm soapy mixture, then rinse finally with clean water and dry.
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How often should you clean your instant pot air fryer?
As often as you can. Since you clean your pots and dishes immediately after use, then you should clean your air fryer immediately after use as well.
Because neglecting it, and pushing it until another time, can cause a huge buildup in the air fryer, which can pretty difficult to clean up most times.
So take out time to do a thorough job so you can enjoy your appliance.
In conclusion, cleaning an instant pot air fryer isn’t difficult.
All you have to do is to adhere to the instructions, use the right cleaning tools and products, and avoid using the wrong cleaning tools like knives, forks, hard sponges, hard brushes, etc. Anything coarse and hard will damage the non-stick surface of the air fryer.
Finally, always read the manual for more understanding of how to clean your air fryer.