Can You Put Soap and Water in an Air Fryer?

Air Fryer

With the popularity of air fryers growing, many consumers are eager to try them out. However, some are still afraid to buy one because they’re unfamiliar with how these appliances work and whether they’re safe to use in the kitchen. One concern frequently arises whether or not it’s safe to put soap and water in an air fryer.

Can you put water in an air fryer to clean it?

Yes, you can put soap and water in an air fryer. The water will not reach the hot oil, so it is safe to put it on the bottom of the air fryer to clean. However, the instructions say to wipe the inside of the air fryer with a dry cloth after use because they recommend regular washing with warm soapy water or dishwasher cleaner. 

How to clean the air fryer with soap and water?

We all know how important it is to keep our air fryers clean. The following steps to clean are mentioned below: 

  • Take out all the parts from your air fryer. 
  • Fill your pot with water and add dish soap into it until you create a sudsy solution. 
  • Place the pot on your stovetop burner and bring it to a rolling boil. 
  • Use tongs or some other implement to lower one piece at a time into the boiling soapy water for about 20 seconds each. 
  • After letting them cool for about 10 minutes, wipe off any remaining moisture and place them back inside your air fryer.

What happens if you put water in an air fryer?

The effects water can have on air fryers are not known. We did know that many people put soap, oils, and other liquids into their frying pans to prevent food from sticking to them. If you do this with your air fryer, be careful not to burn yourself. Also, ensure you’re aware of any safety features on your model. 

Can you put soapy water in the air fryer?

Yes, you can put soap and water in an air fryer. First, fill the fryer basket with a few inches of soapy water. Then, turn on the fryer and let it run for about 15 minutes. The soap and water shouldn’t affect the air fryer. 

Can you put soap and water in your air fryer and turn it on?

It seems like a simple enough question, but can you put soap and water in your air fryer and turn it on? We decided to test it out to see what would happen:

  • We filled the frying basket with 1/2 cup of dish soap mixed with 1 gallon of water. Then we made sure the basket was secure in the container.
  • We turned the unit on high for 2 minutes and checked if any bubbles or foam were coming from the vents (which indicates overheating).
  • We turned off the machine and examined the results.

The bottom of the food did have some liquid, which may be due to the lack of cooking grease. As far as cleaning is concerned, this method effectively removes harmful food particles. 

However, ensure that you clean your air fryer immediately after use so that it doesn’t have time to cool down too much before scrubbing. And don’t forget: always unplug your appliance before attempting any cleaning!

What kinds of soap and water?

The kinds of soaps are as follows Dawn dish soap, Clorox liquid bleach, Clorox 2 Regular-Bleach, Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster. 

For water, we try tap water, distilled water, and purified water. Tap water has a more pungent scent of chlorine than the other two types of water, leaving the most robust smell of chlorine on our hands after washing them. However, the more pungent smell dissipates quicker than the other two types of water. 

Distilled water has a faint smell of chlorine but is not too strong when it comes to smell. Purified has no scent or odor at all, for this matter.


The above points suggest that you can put soap and water in an air fryer! However, we would not recommend doing this regularly as it can cause build-up and make your air fryer less effective over time. If you try this out, use mild soap and plenty of water to avoid damaging the machine.