Why does my Air Fryer smell like plastic? (How to remove it)

Written by: Alex Smith

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Every new piece of the product has a smell:

Be it a book or kitchen utensils.

Most of the time you’ll love it. But in certain cases, it’ll be annoying.

Why does my Air Fryer smell like plastic?” – that’s the question that came into my inbox a few days ago.

Is it normal? and how to remove this plastic odor from your air fryer.

Let’s get started:

Why does my Air Fryer smell like plastic?

Some air fryer models smell like plastic burning when used it the first time. It could be the inner plastic materials of the air fryer or the coating of the air fryer basket that smells like plastic. To remove this odor, pre-heat the air fryer for 20 mins at 400 F when using it for the first time.

If an air fryer made up of plastics (inner portion), may tend to give off that burnt plastic smell when exposed to really high temperatures. However, the odor vanishes after using it 3-4 times.

Some users reported their air fryers smelled even after using them for 30 times. This could happen if the fume residue gets trapped in the nooks and crannies of the air fryer. And when you use it these smells are triggered again.

This is situation is rare and will not happen to mass users, plus it’s a manufacturing defect, so the best option would be to return it.

How to Get Rid of Air Fryer Plastic Smell?

Here is the step-by-step process to get rid of the plastic smell:

Step 1: Clean the air fryer properly

First, disconnect the air fryer from the power supply and removes any basket, grill, or pan from it. Properly wash the components with a mild sponge. After that, let it dry and preheat the air fryer with a 400 F setting for 15-20 mins. If plastic smelling, follow the next step.

Step 2: Vinegar and lemon solution

The next step is to use vinegar and lemon solution and heat them for 2 mins at 350 F. Then let it sit for another 10 mins or so. Do it 3-4 times and the smell will be gone. That’s what worked for me.

General air fryer cleaning and maintenance guide

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