Is my air fryer dishwasher safe? It is a question that I get asked occasionally and one that often leads to some confusion.
The issue is regarding what aspect id dishwasher safe. All manufacturers…including Philips, Ninja, Power, Cosori, Dash etc will refer to their air fryers as dishwasher safe.
I just need to clarify before we go into depth on the issue, that the manufacturers are NOT talking about the whole air fryer unit. That would be crazy given that it is an electrical appliance.
It’s obvious isn’t it? You would be surprised how many times I have been asked that question.
What aspect of the air fryer is dishwasher safe?
Again, to be clear, the main body of the air fryer is not dishwasher safe.
The only aspect of your air fryer that is dishwasher safe, is the removable aspects of it. That essentially means the air fryer basket and the pull out tray.
You can also include any accessories in this answer. They are considered dishwasher safe.
Should I clean my air fryer basket in a dishwasher?
The simple answer is that you can clean your air fryer basket in your dishwasher. I know it is so easy to put it in with the rest of your dishes.
It is convenient and easy. The real question is whether you should be doing this.
The problem is this…your dishwasher normally uses very hot water to get your dishes clean. Its how they work.
This can have a dramatic impact on the lifespan of the air fryer basket.
They are normally coated in a non-stick coating like Teflon or similar. This is done to make them more efficient and to stop food sticking to them.
At high water temperatures and over time, this coating is eroded which means that your air fryer basket loses its non-stick coating.
It may well start to flake of which means at this point; it is no longer safe to use. Once, non-stick cookware begins to flake, it is toxic.
I therefore do not use my dishwasher to clean my air fryer basket. Just because you can does not mean you have too.
I understand that it is more work for me but I then justify it as it increases the life of my air fryer basket.
How should I clean my air fryer without a dishwasher?
The answer is simple…your sink. It is the safest way of cleaning your air fryer basket.
Simply use a sponge and mildly hot water to clean. If there is some stubborn dirt, use a little bit of detergent.
It is simple and effective, cleaning your air fryer basket properly.
This should apply to all your non-stick cookware, especially if it is expensive and you want to prolong the lifespan of it.
If the grease on it is particularly stubborn or baked on, you can use a paste made of bicarbonate of soda to clear it.
Lemon is also used to freshen up the inside of the fryer. Simply put some lemon juice int to bottom of it and leave for 30 minutes, before you wash it.
All the manufacturers will tell you that their air fryer is dishwasher safe. Everybody you know will tell you how convenient they are. They are both correct.
However, just because you can doesn’t mean that you have too. Indeed, my recommendation is that you hand wash them for the reasons I have outlined above.
Ultimately, the choice is yours…convenience at the cost of lifespan or a product that you can keep in great condition for much longer.
I hope this post helps you make an informed decision, please share it with your friends to see what they do. It would be great if you could leave a comment below letting us know what you think.
See you soon… Jayne x
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