'Why Is This Air Fryer So Easy To Clean,' Said No One Ever. Here’s How To Do It Right

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Vinegar and Baking Soda

Multiple Redditors suggest using good ol’ ingredients like white vinegar and baking soda. Try soaking the air fryer basket overnight in that ingredient combo. The grease should be loose enough to scrub out in the morning.

Related: The Best Trader Joe’s Products To Cook in Your Air Fryer

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Aluminum Foil

Aluminum Foil

Avoid the mess altogether: One Redditor suggests putting aluminum foil at the bottom of the basket and in the grease tray to help with clean up. Why did this never occur to us until now?

Note: Different models may be incompatible with aluminum foil. Make sure to check your air fryer's manual, and ensure that the foil isn't in contact with any heating elements. 

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Oven Cleaner

An air fryer is an oven of sorts after all, isn't it? Try some old fashioned oven cleaner. Just spray the inside, let it sit overnight, and clean it off in the morning. 

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Powder Degreaser

Another Redditor suggests a powder degreaser to get rid of the oils, such as Bar Keeper's Friend. Sprinkle it on and use a damp sponge to rub it all in.