In this article, we are going to show you how to clean a PowerXL air fryer and why it is better to do it after each use. The PowerXL air fryer, as the name suggests, cooks great tasting dishes with superheated circulated air instead of oil.
Air fryers require very little oil to get crispy foods, so you will not only enjoy your favorite fired dishes, there’s very little grease or grime left over to clean after cooking. You might feel there is no need to clean after each use as it would require after deep frying the same foods.
It is very important to clean at least the PowerXL air fryer basket and pan after each use. You can clean the interior and exterior of the main unit once every week or month depending on how frequently you use it.
How to Clean a PowerXL Air Fryer – Step by Step
Let’s get started with the cleaning of our PowerXL air fryer. In our case, we have been using it and and cleaning it thoroughly after each use. We make some french fries and only rinse it with water and let it dry.
We have done this many times and what it did is that we were not completely removing the grease and grime each time. New layers of grease were being baked to the walls, bottom and outside of our air fryer basket.
You can see in the following picture how nasty our air fryer basket is from the inside.
In the following picture que cans see it is equal or even nastier from the outside of our air fryer basket.
So the method we are going to use is the deep cleaning method. This involves the use of baking soda and white vinegar. If we cleaned our air fryer basket with dish soap and hot water after each use, this deep clean method would not be necesary.
Before we start cleaning our air fryer, first we gather all of the necessary tools and supplies.
- A non-abrasive sponge
- Microfiber cloths
- White Vinegar
- Paper towels
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
Step 2 Unplug and Let it cool down
If you have just finished cooking your last meal on the air fryer, first turn it off. Let it cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Unplug the air fryer from the wall outlet. Everytime we clean an electrical appliance, we have to make sure to unplug it first to avoid any accidents.
Step 3 Clean removable parts
We remove the PowerXL air fryer Pan and Basket. We apply some baking soda to the basket (pictured below). Including the outside and inside of the basket and place it back with the Pan.
We add some liquid dish soap like in the following picture.
We add 3/4 cup of white vinegar to the mix. (pcitured below)
We add hot boiling water to the air fryer Pan and Basket (pictured below).
Make sure to add hot boiling water so that the PowerXL air fryer Pan and Basket are completely filled like in the picture below. We leave the mixture for 4 hours so that it soaks really well and loosens all the baked-in grease.
After the 4 hours have completed, we go head and get a non-abrasive sponge. We place the PowerXL air fryer basket under running hot water in the kitchen sink, this helps remove grease easier. While under hot running water we start scrubbing the sides, bottom and outside walls ofthe basket. (pictured below)
Once you finish scubing wit the sponge, your air fryer basket should end up looking brand new, like ours in the following picture.
The inside looks pretty clean too, check the following picture.
Our pan wasn’t that dirty so it was easier to clean but it turn out looking breat, check it out in the following picture.
Step 4: Clean the Interior
If the interior needs some cleaning, wipe it down using a damp microfiber cloth or non-abrasive sponge with a splash of dish soap on it. Then wipe any soap residue off with a clean damp cloth or paper towel.
Step 5: Check on the Heating Element
Check to see if the area surrounding the heating element and heating element itself needs some cleaning. If it does, flip your air fryer upside-down and use a damp cloth or non-abrasive sponge to wipe down the heating element.
Step 6: Clean the Exterior
Just like the interior, wipe down the exterior using a damp cloth or sponge. Then polish the outside up with a paper towel.
Step 7: Reassemble Your Air Fryer
Once every part of your PowerXL air fryer is thoroughly dry, proceed and assmeble all removable parts into the main unit. Now your air fryer is ready for some cooking!
Tips and Tricks
- Never use kitchen utensils, steel scrubbers or brushes to remove stuck-on food from your PowerXL air fryer. This can easily scratch and remove the non-stick coating rendering your air fryer basket and pan useless.
- Never use strong chemicals or desinfectant to clean your PowerXL air fryer. This chemicals aren’t typically safe for food appliances. It is best to use products like baking soda or white vinegar which are known to mild and non-abrasive.
- Avoid sumerging the main unit in water. It has electrical components and this can damage the unit and give you a strong shock.
FAQs on How to Clean a PowerXL Air Fryer
Is the PowerXL Air Fryer Dishwasher Safe?
Yes, the PowerXL air fryer basket and pan are dishwasher safe. We recommend only cleaning the air fryer basket in the dishwasher. The air fryer pan has parts made of plastic that can get damage with the high temperatures in dishwashers. The Main Unit is not dishwasher safe.
How often should I clean my PowerXL air fryer?
It is highly recommended to clean the PowerXL air fryer and basket after each use. Both are easily cleaned with hot and soapy water and air dried.
The interior and exterior of the main unit can be cleaned once a week if used daily or once a month if you use the air fryer less than a couple of times per week.
Can I clean my PowerXL air fryer with dish soap?
Yes, if you have been cleaning your PowerXL air fryer after each use, you can clean the air fryer basket and pan with just dish soap. After you clean it let it air dry. Once dry it is ready for its next use.
The main unit interior and exterior is better cleaned with just a damp cloth, no dish soap needed.
A dirty air fryer pan and basket will heat up much slower, consume more power and will make it more difficult to clean. That is why it is very important for you to learn how to clean a PowerXL air fryer after each use.
If you are using dirty kitchen appliance, it is more likely to get a foodborne illness. This is because old food particles and germs can buil-dup in the air fryer pan and basket and contaminate the new food you cook in it.
It’s best to clean your PowerXL air fryer after each use to keep it working at its optimal performance. it will requiere less maintenance and will last for a longer time.
Hello, I am Cristy. I love cooking but what I love most is keeping my kitchen tools and appliances top notch. I enjoy writing about everything I have learned around the kitchen. I believe that keeping your kitchen tools well cleaned and maintained produces the best dishes and drinks. Besides writing and cooking I enjoy traveling, camping, hiking and music.