You might have thought air fryers would be a passing fad, but their popularity among French fry-loving home cooks persists. In case you’ve never used one before, an air fryer is a countertop convection oven that can cook just about anything to a crisp with the help of high-powered fans that circulate even heat. The one thing the appliance can’t do? Clean itself.
Like every other gadget in your kitchen, these puppies will get quite gross unless you give ’em some TLC from time to time. (FYI, the longer you wait, the bigger the chore.) If yours has seen better days, read on to learn how to clean an air fryer, even if you’ve never done it before. (We won’t judge.)