How to Clean a Ninja Air Fryer – Simple Guide with over 15 Pictures

As per our readers request, today we bring a complete guide on how to clean a Ninja air fryer. We include photos of the process for easier following.

Ninja Air Fryer

Ninja is one of the top selling brands of air fryers in the market. One of the reasons is the quality of materials used. It can be well made but if regular cleaning and maintenance is not done, the life of your Ninja air fryer might be short.

The best way to keep your Ninja air fryer working in optimal performance is clean it after each use following our guide.

How to Clean a Ninja Air Fryer – Step by Step

Step 1

If you have just finished using your Ninja air fryer you will have to wait for it to cool down. Normally it cools down in arond 10 minutes.

When your air fryer cools down, before cleaning, unplug the power cable from the wall outlet. This is to avoid any accidents because we are dealing with electrical components and water.

Step 2

Pull out the drawer(s) to start cleaning them. In our case we are cleaning a Dual Zone Ninja Air fryer (pcitured below without the drawers) so we removed both drawers.

Ninja Air Fryer without baskets

Remove the crisper plate (pictured below) from the drawer(s).

Ninja Air fryer crisper plate

First remove the bigger food particles left from the last use. In our case, you can see both drawers have many food residue.

Dirty Baskets Ninja Air fryer

Rinse off the drawers in your kitchen sink.

Rinse Basket Ninja Air Fryer

Add some dish soap to a non abrasive sponge. We prefer to use Dawn dish soap but you can use any brand you prefer.

Dish soap on sponge Ninja Air Fryer

Gently scrub the inside walls and bottom of your Ninja air fryer. This will remove the stuck food. As most Ninja air fryers have non-stick coating the removing of grease and stuck food is not that complicated.

Scrub Basket Ninja Air Fryer

Once you are done scrubbing, rinse off the soap and grease with running water in your kitchen sink. In the picture below you can see how clean one fo our drawers turned out after cleaning.

Cleaned Basket Ninja Air Fryer

Step 3

Nest we are cleaning the Ninja air fryer Crisper Plates. Add a small amount of dish soap on a non abrasive sponge (pictured below).

Dish soap sponge Ninja Air Fryer Crisper Plates

Scrub both crisper plates with the sponge to remove any food residue and grease.

Scrub Ninja air fryer crisper plate

Rinse off the soap and grease with running water in your kitchen sink. (pictured below)

Rinse Ninja Air Fryer Crisper Plate

In the following picture you can see one of our crisper plates after cleaning.

Cleaned Ninja Air fryer crisper plate

Place your drawers up side down and your crisper plates to air dry. (picture below)

Air dry Ninja Air fryer Baskets and Crisper plates

Step 4

Clean the inside of you Ninja air fryer with a soft cloth. Be very gentle around the heating element so as not to damage it.

Inside Ninja Air fryer

In the following pciture you can see the interior of our Ninja air fryer after the cleaning process. Looks like it was never used.

Cleaned Inside Ninja Air Fryer

Step 5

To clean your Ninja air fryer externally, just use a damp cloth all around.

Ninja Air Fryer external

This completes the process and if you followed all the way here your Ninja air fryer should be looking like new.

Tips on How to Clean a Ninja Air Fryer

  1. Never inmerse the main unit in water or any liquid. The main unit has electrical components and this can cause an accident and it can damage your Ninja air fryer.
  2. Never try to clean the main unit in the dishwasher. The hot temperatures of the dishwasher may damge the main unit.
  3. It is best not to clean the Ninja air fryer drawers in the dishwasher. The high temperatures of the dishwasher can damage the plastics in the drawer.
  4. the only part of your Ninja air fryer we recommend cleaning in a dishwasher are the Crisper Plates. As these are made of all metal, these can withstand the high temperatures in the dishwasher.
Ninja Air fryer cleaning instructions


How Often Should You Clean Your Air Fryer?

You should clean your air fryer at least every week. If you use it more frequently, it is best you clean it after each use.

Can I Put The Air Fryer In The Dishwasher?

No, it is not safe to put the air fryer in the dishwasher. The only part you can clean in the dishwasher is the crisper plate, wich is made of metal.

Can I Use Bleach To Clean My Air Fryer?

No, you cannot use bleach or any other harsh chemical to clean your Ninja air fryer. It can damage the surface of your unit. it is best if you use a mild detergent or dish soap.

How Do I Know If My Air Fryer Is Getting Too Hot?

If you see smoke coming out if your air fryer it means it’s getting too hot. Turn it off and unplug it let it cool down before using it again.

Can I Use Baking Soda To Clean My Appliance?

Yes, you can use baking soda to clean your air fryer as it is mild abrasive. However, baking soda is best for deep cleaning an air fryer. Use it when you have used your air fryer many times without cleaning it after each use.

Can I Use Vinegar To Clean My Air Fryer?

Yes, you can use white vinegar to clean your air fryer. white vinegar is natural desinfectant and will help remove stuck-on grease from your air fryer.

What Is The Simplest Method To Clean An Air Fryer?

The simplest method to clean an air fryer is to use a non abrasive sponge with soap to clean the air fryer basket and crisper plate. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior, including the heating element and fan. Finally, dry with a clean cloth.

Can You Use A Magic Eraser?

Yes, you can use magic erasers to clean the interior of your Ninja air fryer. It is not recommended to use magic erasers on the drawers as they can remove the non-stick coating.

Can You Put Soapy Water In Air Fryer?

No, you should not use soapy water or any other liquid inside your air fryer. You can use a sponge with soap to scrub the inside and then wipe it down with a soft cloth. You can use soapy water to clean the drawer and crisper plate.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the process of cleaning your Ninja air fryer is pretty straight-forward. The whole process should not take more than 10 minutes.

Cleaning your Ninja air fryer after each use is the best way to ensure it works at its optimal perfromance and for a longer time. Try not to use it more than a couple of times without cleaning it after use because in the long run this can damage your air fryer. If not damage, it can change the flavor or taste of foods you prepare and nobody wants that.

Happy air frying to everyone!