The air fryer's ease of use is unmatched, but it won't last forever if you don't take care of it. If you use an air fryer, cleaning it after each use is important.
Good Housekeeping advises that a dirty air fryer can begin to emit a foul odor and may even begin to smoke, but it is also hazardous to your health.
Let's say you undercooked salmonella-infected chicken in your air fryer. The air fryer wouldn't have destroyed all the salmonella, so it may contaminate another food or you.
So, Salmonella can survive on dry surfaces for 32 hours. The same applies to E. coli, which, can persist outside the body for even longer.
Properly cleaning your air fryer can reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Unclean air fryers can cause cross contamination.
Before attempting to clean the inside of your air fryer, the Kitchn suggests unplugging it and wiping off the exterior with a moist towel.
After wiping out the inside, put the air fryer basket in the dishwasher or hot, soapy water to dislodge food residue. Rinse any remaining splatter.
You can dry the cleaned components with a clean towel, or set the air fryer basket back on the kitchen surface to dry naturally between uses.