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How to Clean A Ninja Foodi

Taking care of your Ninja Foodi is a must — and that includes cleaning it regularly! Learn how to clean a Ninja Foodi air fryer and it will work well for years to come. 

There are a few important points to keep in mind when it comes to learning how to clean an appliance like the Ninja Foodi.

You shouldn’t put any of the pieces in the dishwasher, and you shouldn’t use harsh chemicals either. I created this helpful guide so that you know exactly how to clean your Ninja Foodi air fryer at home!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • The most important dos and don’ts to consider when cleaning your Ninja Foodi air fryer.
  • All of the supplies and tools you’ll need to clean yours at home.
  • Tips on when and how often to clean your Foodi.

Learn how to clean a Ninja Foodi air fryer below, and then plan out a cleaning schedule to keep it in good shape.

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Ninja Foodi Ribs

How to Clean a Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Make sure that your Ninja Foodi is turned off and unplugged. You don’t want to run the risk of electrocuting yourself!

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STEP TWO: Remove the trays, pans, drip racks, and any other accessories. You basically want to take out anything that is removable.

STEP THREE: Fill your sink with warm water and dish soap. Place all of the removable pieces in the soapy water and scrub. Dish soap works wonders when it comes to grease. Be sure not to use anything too abrasive! A microfiber cloth or soft sponge both work well.

STEP FOUR: If there is caked-on food or grease inside the Foodi, gently remove it. You can use a toothpick if it’s really stuck! Then, use a damp microfiber cloth to rub away any stains. Don’t spray any cleaning products directly into the Foodi and don’t use an abrasive sponge — you don’t want to damage your Foodi as you clean.

STEP FIVE: Unscrew the lid to remove it to clean. You should be able to do so pretty easily with a screwdriver. Clean it with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Reattach the lid when you’re done.

STEP SIX: Wipe down the outside of the Ninja Foodi with a damp cloth. Place all of the removable parts back where you found them, and enjoy your sparkling clean results!

How to Clean a Ninja Foodi Air Fryer — Cleaning Tips

  • Stick with warm water and dish soap. The combination of dish soap and warm water will cut through grease and stubborn stains. If you find that debris or stains are hard to remove, allow the dish soap to set for about 5 minutes. You won’t have to scrub as hard!
  • Skip the dishwasher. You may be tempted to place some of the Ninja Foodi’s plastic pieces into your dishwasher. Don’t do it! You’ll run the risk of damaging or even breaking those fragile pieces. 
  • Clean your Ninja Foodi air fryer after each use. Make it a habit to clean your Foodi every time you use it. 
  • Stuck-on stains come off easily with baking soda. Again, you should always avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your Ninja Foodi. If you come across stubborn stains, try making a paste out of baking soda and water. It’s powerful enough to remove stains, but won’t damage your Foodi!
  • Lemon and water also work wonders. If you prefer an all-natural way to clean, pour 1 cup of water and 1 cup of lemon juice into your Foodi. Pressure cook on High for 10 minutes, then wipe everything down with a clean paper towel. 

How Do You Remove Baked-On Grease From a Ninja Foodi?

Don’t be afraid to get creative when you clean your Ninja Foodi! A clean toothbrush will allow you to get into all the nooks and crannies.

It also works well to remove baked-on grease! Apply a bit of warm water and dish soap to the toothbrush before using it.

How Do You Dissolve Baked-On Grease?

Don’t underestimate the power of warm water and baking soda! It will create a paste that will dissolve any baked-on grease quickly, and best of all, it’s non-abrasive.

You may also consider using vinegar instead of water. I personally have a hard time with the smell, but some people swear by this technique!

How to Clean the Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Mesh?

As a general rule, you can clean every part of your Ninja Foodi air fryer with warm water and dish soap. The toothbrush method that I mentioned above will work very well for the mesh grease shield. I encourage you to try it!

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2 thoughts on “How to Clean A Ninja Foodi”

  1. I have put off buying a Ninja because it looks as if cleaning the lid is a real hassle. I’m curious if you are submerging it in soapy water once it’s removed or are you just wiping it with a soapy cloth?

    • I personally do not submerge the lid in soapy water, I just use a damp cloth and the soapy water mixture to wipe it clean. However, if you had a tough spot on the lid you could opt to soak it if you wish.

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