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How to remove plastic odor from air fryer

Have you ever encountered this situation: you just bought an oil-free fryer, eager to try the first dishes to treat the whole family, but the finished dish cannot be eaten because of the strong smell of plastic?

If so, you are not “alone” because this is a common situation that many families encounter. Most types of oil-free fryers when first purchased often have a very unpleasant, characteristic plastic smell. If not properly deodorized, it will seriously affect the quality of the food, even after many uses. Can’t get rid of the smell.

Below are 5 simple but super effective ways to help you quickly remove the plastic smell so that your fryer can bring you more delicious food than ever.

Sliced lemon

Similar to cleaning the microwave, you can use sliced lemon to remove the plastic smell from the air fryer. Because lemon is rich in nitric acid, it not only helps remove food debris that has stuck for a long time in the pot cavity but can also eliminate the unpleasant plastic smell in newly purchased fryers.

Slice 3 – 4 lemons thinly, then place them in the oil-free fryer and adjust the temperature to about 160 – 180 degrees Celsius for 4 minutes. Finally, take the lemon out and use a towel to clean the pot. Make sure your oil-free fryer will no longer smell like plastic but will instead have the faint, natural scent of lemon.

If the plastic smell has not gone away, you can repeat this operation 2 more times, then use warm water and a little dish soap to wash the pot and drain.

Use lemon juice or vinegar

With an oil-free fryer that smells like plastic, you can use vinegar or lemon juice instead of lemon slices. The method is very simple:

Put vinegar or lemon juice in a heat-resistant glass or metal bowl and place the bowl in the air fryer.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and adjust the temperature to 200 degrees Celsius. Repeat this operation twice to completely remove the plastic smell.

When the pot has cooled down, wash it with warm water and dishwashing liquid.

Drain or dry with a soft cotton towel before preparing food.

Use milk coffee

Milk coffee can also remove the plastic smell of an air fryer, sounds strange, right? However, this is an extremely effective measure.

You just need to put a heat-resistant bowl containing coffee milk in the air fryer. Adjust the pot to operate at 200 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. Wait for the pot to cool down then wash it with warm water and soap. Don’t forget to drain the pot before using.

Use tea or coffee grounds

Using coffee grounds or tea grounds is also quite an effective method to remove plastic odor. The simple thing you need to do is put coffee grounds or tea grounds in a heat-resistant bowl and then place it in the fryer. Adjust the heat level to 200 degrees Celsius within 3 minutes. The plastic smell will quickly disappear.

When the pot cools, you will smell a very pleasant aroma of tea or coffee. Finally, wash the pot with warm water and dishwashing liquid and drain.

Use luffa

Luffa is an extremely effective plastic deodorant that not everyone knows. You just need to follow these steps:

Cut the melon into pieces about 5 cm thick and place them in the fryer.

Adjust the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and set the timer for 3 minutes.

Wait for the pot to cool down then wash it.

Be sure to dry or drain before use. Your pot is ready to prepare your first dishes.

Use lemongrass, cinnamon, or anise essential oils

Bottles of lemongrass, star anise, or cinnamon essential oils, although small and pretty, are a great assistant for women in removing plastic odors from oil-free fryers. This is an extremely convenient method used by many people.

You pour the essential oil into a heat-resistant bowl and then place the bowl in the fryer. Then, you just go to 200 degrees Celsius and set the timer for 10 minutes. Wait for the fryer to cool down then wash it and you’re done. Remember to drain or dry before using the pot.

Heat the oil-free fryer

No need to add any ingredients, this is the simplest way for busy women who don’t have much time.

Adjust the pot to 200 degrees Celsius and wait for 15 minutes. Wait for the fryer to cool down then use soap and warm water to clean the pot.

How to remove the oil-free fryer

During use, sometimes you will need to remove the pot to clean or check details when the pot suddenly stops working. If you find it difficult to remove the oil-free fryer, see the steps below.

Step 1: Unplug from the electrical outlet

The first thing you need to do before removing the pot is to unplug it. This will ensure safety during the process of disassembling the fryer. Then, you place the pot on a flat table and prepare a small purse to facilitate disassembly.

Step 2: Remove the frying basket

You hold the handle and press the button to remove the frying basket. This will be more convenient for us when removing each part of the pot.

Step 3: Proceed to pry off the pot lid

Usually, the bottom or top of the fryer’s body will not have a way to open the parts that belong to the pot’s shell. The manufacturer was very clever in creating a pot lid with hidden joints inside.

Use a small screwdriver to gently pry off the edges of the pot shell. Although this part is made of virgin plastic and has good brittle resistance, you should still be careful.

This part is designed to make disassembly easier. Therefore, you just need to push lightly to easily disassemble the joint.

Step 4: Get the protective frame

When you lift the pot lid, you will see a protective frame made of anti-rust steel. Hold the center part of the frame and then firmly lift this part out. The steel frame will be quite heavy. Make sure you hold it firmly to avoid it falling and affecting other components of the pot.

Once you have removed the protective frame, you will easily be able to observe the parts inside the pot. You can clean it by using a dryer, a specialized broom a vacuum fan, etc. to help this part cleaner and work better.

Besides, you can easily check the problems the pot is experiencing, and find out the reason why the pot suddenly stopped operating.

Some notes when disassembling the oil-free fryer

Be careful and observe before removing the pot and do not apply too much force to avoid the pot being scratched or broken.

Do not disassemble the fryer yourself, find a repairman to make sure the correct problem is found with the fryer. This will help you save time and effort.

When disassembling the pot, arrange the parts neatly and in the correct order to make repetition easier.

After cleaning and repairing, make sure you install the pot parts tightly and correctly.

How to clean an oil-free fryer

Proper cleaning is an important factor in ensuring the health of the family as well as helping the oil-free fryer to be used for a long time and be highly effective. Below are “small but powerful” tips to help you clean pots effectively, refer to them now:

How to clean the oil-free fryer before using

To ensure health safety as well as food quality, you need to clean the parts before using the oil-free fryer:

Remove packaging such as foam or plastic packaging and remove labels and tags on the body of the pot.

Disassemble pots such as hand trays, oil trays, and frying racks and wash them with warm water and dishwashing liquid.

Drain or use a towel to wipe both the outside and inside of the pot.

How to clean the fryer after use

Wipe off grease and food stuck in the pot

Use a towel, soft damp cloth, or sponge with a mild detergent (do not use glass cleaner, strong detergents, or bleach), to wipe off grease on the outside and inside of the fryer.

Don’t forget to wipe the bottom of the pot. Be careful not to use sharp cleaning pads to avoid scratching the non-stick layer.

Clean trays and frying pans

First, you pull the plug out of the outlet

Use a damp cloth to clean the outside surface as well as the inside of the pot

Soak the baking and frying tray for 10 minutes in warm water, then use a towel soaked in dishwashing liquid to clean. Then drain the water and put it back in the pot.

Clean the heating rod and mayso

Method 1: Clean with a soft cloth and warm water

First, you need to unplug the power and wait for the fryer to cool completely before starting to clean these parts. To perform the cleaning process, please follow these steps:

Take out the tray

Turn the air fryer upside down (you can not turn it over if it’s inconvenient, but that will make it difficult to locate the stain).

Use a soft towel or soft sponge with warm water to clean the inside of the machine.

For food residue firmly stuck on the heating rod, you can use a soft brush to gently scrub. Do not use a steel brush to clean because it will damage the coating on the outside of the heating rod.

Use a soft cloth to wipe clean again after completing cleaning, then turn the machine on and let it run for a few minutes.

Method 2: Clean mayso with baking soda

To clean mayso, immediately apply the steps below:

Dissolve baking soda powder in water and pour into a spray bottle

Take the frying tray out and turn the fryer upside down for easier cleaning (you can not turn it over if you find it inconvenient, but that will make it difficult to locate the stain).

Spray baking soda solution on the top, wait about 1 minute, then straighten the fryer, and continue waiting another 30 minutes for the stain to absorb the solution.

Continue spraying and wait about 30 more minutes if the stain is stubborn.

Pour 400ml of boiling water into the tray, place in the pot, and adjust to 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.

Then take out the tray and wait for the oil-free fryer to cool for about 15 minutes.

Turn the pot upside down again and use a soft brush or sponge to clean the remaining baking soda in the pot. If you don’t have a soft or foam brush, you can replace it with a soft towel or multi-purpose cleaning cloth.

Every 2 months, you should clean the mayso once to ensure the oil-free fryer works best.

How to use foil in an oil-free fryer

The use of foil in oil-free fryers is popular with many people, not only does it help food cook evenly and taste delicious, but it also makes cleaning the pot easier.

However, many people use banknotes incorrectly, leading to “half laughing, half crying” situations. So what is the best way to use foil? The answer is right below:

You should only put a single layer of foil on the bottom of the frying basket or wrap food in foil. Make sure you leave space around the edge, don’t cover it up to the edge with paper as this will prevent air from circulating freely, preventing the food from cooking evenly.

Avoid letting fat spill onto the foil as it will cause the dish to scorch or burn.

Do not wrap food too tightly in foil, because it will isolate the food from hot air, causing the food to cook unevenly and not be crispy.

Remember to use good, thick foil. Replace foil after each use.

Apply a layer of oil, butter, or non-stick spray to the foil if you don’t want the food to stick to the foil.

You can replace foil with parchment paper because it is non-stick, moisture-proof, grease-proof, and not corroded by acidic foods. But parchment paper can only withstand a maximum temperature range of 220 – 250 degrees Celsius and can burn if placed too close to the heat radiating part above the pot.


To increase the life of the pot as well as preserve the inherent beauty of the pot, you should clean and preserve the pot properly. Hopefully, the information in today’s article will help you have good tips for using and cleaning the oil-free fryer most effectively.

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