The Ninja Foodi is an amazing appliance, and if you want to extend its life, it’s best to know how to take care of it!
To understand how to clean your Ninja Foodi, read this post full of tips and tricks.
I’ve written before about the Ninja Foodi and how much I honestly love it.
It combines all your favorite cooking appliances into one, and it’s extremely easy to use.
The Foodi even has a ton of accessories that make it even more helpful in the kitchen! I want to make sure I have it as long as possible, and if you’ve got one at home, I’m sure you do, too.
That said, I realized a post about how to clean a Ninja Foodi would be helpful for all my fellow Ninja fans out there.
A clean appliance means fewer chances for foodborne illnesses to develop, especially the ones that come along with grime and mold.
Additionally, a sparkling fresh Foodi will save you money, since you won’t have to buy a new one after just a few years. You’d be surprised at how much damage all that grease and grossness can do!
How to Clean Your Ninja Foodi: Basics
Here are some general cleaning tips that apply to every Ninja Foodi.
- Don’t put any part of the Ninja Foodi in the dishwasher. Unlike other air fryers, many of the Ninja Foodi’s components will get damaged or warped in the dishwasher. Instead, it’s best if you wash them by hand/manually.
- Avoid harsh chemicals or oven cleaners with your Foodi. First, many of these aren’t food-grade or safe to even come in contact with food…and you don’t want chemicals in your next meal. Second, these can discolor or even damage your Foodi. Water and soap are key here!
- If you need a deep clean, use a mixture of baking soda and water. This paste will help you scrub down your Foodi without damaging it or bringing future snacks into contact with chemicals.
It’s best to do a basic clean after every use. You can do this by pressure cooking 1 Cup hot water and 1 Cup lemon juice in the Foodi for 10 minutes, then wiping it down with paper towels after.
This is a great idea if you make a recipe such as Ninja Foodi Crab Legs that leaves a scent in the Foodi.
If the Foodi starts to smell or seems to need a deeper clean, follow the instructions below.
How to Clean Your Ninja Foodi: Step by Step
In this section, I’ve outlined a more in-depth step-by-step way to deep clean your Ninja Foodi.
- First, turn off and unplug the device. Safety is key here. Don’t assume you’re good to go because your Foodi isn’t on!
- Take out all removable parts. This includes trays, pans, drip racks, and any accessories (like the ones I’ve written about in this post).
- Clean the removable parts with warm soapy water. Don’t use anything too abrasive to scrub these parts. Remember, too, that it’s generally not safe to put any part of the Ninja Foodi in the dishwasher, so you’ll have to wipe things down manually here!
- Get rid of caked-on food inside the oven/basket. Go ahead and peer inside the Foodi’s oven/basket. You may notice there’s still stubborn food or grease attached to the walls. After prying them loose with a toothpick, use a damp cloth to remove them, though, again, don’t scrub too hard! You’ll damage the Foodi that way.
- Cleaning the Ninja Foodi air fryer lid is best done separately. Unscrew the lid from the device (generally with a T15 head screwdriver) and use warm soapy water, as with the other components. Make sure all the residue is gone when you screw the lid back on.
- Wipe down the exterior of the Ninja Foodi if it’s particularly greasy. You shouldn’t have to do this too often, but it’s good to get into the habit.
- Put all the Foodi’s components back in. Let it dry completely before making your next meal.
Now that you’ve cleaned your Ninja Foodi, you’re ready to use it again!
With a fresh, clean appliance, it’s time to cook up something new! Be sure to check out the Ninja Foodi Recipe Index for meals you can create with your Ninja Foodi.