How to Clean Your Air Fryer Basket With Baking Soda

air fryer basket cover

Sometimes washing with soap and water is not enough to remove burnt food and grease from your air fryer basket. In that case, adding a little baking soda will make a world of difference.

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean your air fryer basket and grill pan by using baking soda and dish soap.

Combining the two will not just clean the air fryer basket and pan, but it’ll also remove any unpleasant smell left behind.

Let us start.

What you’ll need:

Baking soda
Dish soap
Warm water

Optional: Soft Brush

what you'll need to clean air fryer


1. Safety first. Make sure your air fryer is unplugged. Then remove the basket.

unplug air fryer

2. Make the solution. Fill up your air fryer basket about halfway with warm water. Add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Give it a stir until you see some suds.

add baking soda on basket
add dish soap on basket

3. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes. This will give the solution time to soften the burnt food and separate the grease from the metal.

let it sit

4. Scrub with a sponge. Be careful not to scrub too hard because the non-stick coating of some air fryer brands can easily get scratched. You can also use a soft brush to get between the gaps of the grill pan.

scrub basket with sponge
scrub the grill

5. Rinse well. Make sure you wash off all the suds and traces of baking soda.

rinse well with water

6. Dry the air fryer basket and grill pan. Use a clean cloth or paper towels. Make sure it’s totally dried before you put it back in the air fryer. I like to place the air fryer basket and grill pan on the dish rack and let them dry overnight.

dry the air fryer basket before putting it back
clean air fryer basket

Tips for Using and Maintaining Your Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer: Preheating your air fryer for a few minutes before using it can help ensure even cooking and crispy results.
  2. Avoid using metal utensils: Metal utensils can scratch the non-stick coating on your air fryer basket and pan. Instead, use silicone or wooden utensils to avoid damaging the surface.
  3. Use parchment paper or aluminum foil: To protect the non-stick coating on your air fryer basket and pan, you can line them with parchment paper or aluminum foil before cooking.
  4. Clean your air fryer regularly: To keep your air fryer in good condition, it’s important to clean the basket and pan regularly. Depending on how often you use it, you should clean them at least once a week.
  5. Don’t overfill the basket: Overfilling the air fryer basket can result in uneven cooking and affect the performance of your air fryer. Make sure to leave enough space for air to circulate around the food.
  6. Use the right temperature and time: Follow the recommended temperature and cooking time for the food you’re cooking to ensure the best results.
  7. Store your air fryer properly: When not in use, store your air fryer in a dry and clean place. Avoid stacking heavy objects on top of it, as this can damage the appliance.
  8. Replace worn-out parts: If you notice any signs of wear and tear on your air fryer basket or pan, it’s important to replace them to maintain the quality of your cooking.


There you have it.

Adding a bit of baking soda can make a huge difference when cleaning your air fryer.

If you’re looking for more ways to use baking soda in your kitchen, please check out my article on ways you can use baking soda to clean and deodorize your fridge.

I hope that you found this article helpful.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy