Air fryers are all the rage right now but what handiness they may have when it comes to cooking is hurt by how much of a pain they are to clean.
Scrubbing away all of the grease without scouring your air fryer down to nothing can be tricky, not to mention incredibly time consuming.
They have really exploded in popularity recently, with some people even making their entire Christmas dinner in them as they swear by their air fryer that much.
You can make all sorts of dishes in the air fryer, although that also means you can get all sorts of muck, residue and greasy grime caked over the thing with each cook.
One of the benefits is they're cheaper to use than ovens as you don't need them to be on as long, although that falls apart if you have to cook multiple batches because you don't have space for the whole meal in the air fryer.
Luckily, someone has worked out a brilliant way to clear off all the grease that stubbornly clings to the kitchen appliance and they've even shared their solution.
He showed his mucky air fryer after cooking meat in it, pointing out that the appliance was covered in grease which stubbornly refused to move.
Offering a solution to get rid of it, he explained that you should sprinkle in a tablespoon of baking soda and try to distribute it across your air fryer.
Following up the baking soda was three tablespoons of detergent spread well across the dirty surface, and then another three tablespoons of white vinegar.
Some of you might already know that baking soda and vinegar don't mix too well, but luckily that's not the point so a reaction between the two is welcome.
Having applied a whole load of things to the air fryer which have only made it more mucky, he then poured in two cups worth of hot (not boiling) water and left it to settle for 10 minutes.
Nipping back to check on the progress, the grease had lifted off the air fryer and could easily be poured out with the water.
Getting the last of the residue involved getting a sponge and adding a dab of detergent to the soft side, then gently wiping down surfaces to remove any remaining grease.
One final rinse should be all that's needed to clean the thing out and should hopefully save plenty of time and effort.
He stressed that the thing people always do to clean their air fryer is to just 'get a sponge and start scrubbing it', which he insisted was a really bad idea as it was time consuming, ineffective and could damage the Teflon layer in the air fryer.
Of course, one of the best ways to clean up a mess is to not make one in the first place, and plenty who saw the cleaning tip suggested using parchment paper or foil to contain the grease instead.
Others warned that you really shouldn't pour your greasy water down the sink as that'll eventually clog it up.
Topics: Food and Drink