Do Air fryers smell? & How to get rid of plastic and burning smell?

If you are using air fryer for the first time or maybe you are using air fryer for a long time but still you are not happy with the fact that your new kitchen appliance gives off a “plastic-like” or “Burning Like” smell every time it is used.

Some user may also think that this is temporary smell which will go away after a few uses but believe me they become more offended because it didn’t go away.

You may also wonder about how to get rid of the air fryer smell and why even it’s smelling even before your first use. As we all know that air fryer are one of the most useful appliances because of its uses. Mostly people use air fryers to cook fried and oily food which smells awesome and tasty.

Air fryers are not only very handy but also helps to mimic the results of deep-frying without even using much oil and just with hot air so you can now easily enjoy those foods without worrying much.

Now without any further discussion let me clear everything related the topic.

Do air fryers smell? or not

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In one word if you want an answer then “YES” Air fryers do smells like plastics and sometimes like burning. Basically it smells mostly when you are cooking something, and it’s very slight that by opening a window you can neutralize the smell.

You can compare this with traditional ovens that smells a little when used. However it also depends on the type of food you are cooking, and also depends on the temperature of the kitchen and how long the air fryer has been cooking for.

Now the question is how to get rid of this smell? Don’t worry we also have a solutions to get rid of this 😉

How to get rid of the plastic smell on my air fryer?

As you learned why your air fryer smells like plastic so now without further ado let me explain you the methods so that you can easily get rid of the plastic smell.

First: Remove plastic coatings

The first thing that you have to do is remove all the plastics coatings it has because when it can also be a good reason of plastic smell. So after doing this you can easily eliminate most of the bad smells after few runs.

In case if the smell didn’t go then continue reading…

Second: Wash the Air Fryer

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If the previous method didn’t work well then you must have to wash all the washable components such as rack grill, pan, and basket. You can easily wash these components by putting them in a sink or a tub full of warm water and soap or detergent for around 15 minutes.

Note: You must wash all the components gently with a soft sponge otherwise you can damage them mistakenly.

Don’t forget to use the same soft sponge to clean the inside of the air fryer. After that dry it off smoothly and now you are good to go.

Fact: Btw this method will be also helpful when your air fryer starts giving bad odor when it’s been used several times.

Third: A 101% guarantee method

If the first two methods didn’t work so well then don’t worry because this method will most probably remove and eliminate the bad odor.

In this all you have to put a small dish inside the air fryer and then add a mixture of 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, After that you have to simply run the air fryer on default heat (370-400) for 2 to 3 minutes.

After 2 minutes you have to let the dish sit there for a while (10 minutes). After applying this method if the odor doesn’t get eliminated then apply it again and again until this will get it done.

If you wanna get rid of the the vinegar and lemon smell then place a dish(oven proof pot) containing water in the air fryer.

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Other Reasons Why Your Air Fryer Might Smell Bad

it’s true that Air fryer give off a burnt plastic smell sometimes but however this is not the only smell that you can get from your air fryer. After using the Air fryer for many times you may also get a irritating bad odor that fills the kitchen.

Reason behind it:

The Most common reason why you are getting a bad odor is because of the heating element that located at the top of the fryer. After using the fryer many times some food particles can start collecting in this section and this can lead to a burnt smell emanating from it.

If you also unable to clean it occasionally then it can also cause bad smells that fill up the whole kitchen. After testing this we found that this caused unbearable smell in their kitchen as they use their air fryers.

Sometimes the dirt on the outside of the air fryer can also lead to this bad odor although in this situation it is less likely to happen and much more in between.


—> How do I get the salmon smell out of my air fryer?

Set your air fryer up-to 400 degrees for about 2-3 minutes, turn it on. Allow your air fryer to cool and then wipe with a damp cloth. You can repeat this process as needed until the odor is gone.


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