Mum issues stark warning about a dangerous air fryer cleaning hack & it could ruin your appliance in seconds | The Sun

THOSE who own an air fryer know what a nightmare it is to get it sparkling and ready for the next use.

But although there are countless cleaning hacks, one in particular has taken TikTok by storm.

The trick, originally posted by a Aaliyah Alexus, sees the mum-of-three pouring some soap and hot water in her air fryer.

As demonstrated in the now-viral video, she then turned it on for three minutes before chucking away the filthy water.

Though the hack was praised by many on social media, one mum quickly hit back, pointing out at the dangers of this method.

Warning fellow air fryer fans, Cathy Pedrayes (@cathypedrayes) took to TikTok to urge everyone to steer clear of the popular hack.

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''Here's why you shouldn't – air fryers circulate hot air, which means if you fill this with water, you risk it getting into the circuirtry.

''Plus, it can overheat because it's literally trying to cook water,'' she explained.

Instead, the mum claimed it's best to wash it like you would with any other regular dish.

''Sink- dishwasher but only the basket not the whole unit,'' Cathy noted.

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The clip has since gone viral and has seen numerous people thank the mum for warning them.

One had seen the video just in time before ruining her appliance: ''I’m happy I didn’t try that!''

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Someone else verified what Cathy had stated: ''my friend tried it and his broke. ALWAYS WASH IT IN THE SINK.''

''Well that’s good to know,'' a third penned.

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''I did that and my whole house smelled like something was burnet [burnt[ and we had to open the windows for the smell to get out and we had to buy a new one,'' a cooking fan wrote.

Another suggested: ''my mom just uses parchment paper beforehand so she doesn’t have to clean it every single time.''

Cleaning hacks and tips

Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:

  • How to clean your washing machine in a few easy steps
  • Keep on top of cleaning your oven regularly
  •  Clean your shower to ensure it's always sparkling
  • How to clean your microwave using cheap household items
  • Here's how to get rid of that nasty limescale in your kettle
  • You're cleaning your carpet all wrong – here's how to get it spotless again in no time
  • Unblock a toilet without a plunger
  • Clean your fabric or leather sofa in a few easy steps
  • If you haven't cleaned your mattress in ages, here's how
  • Steps to cleaning your dishwasher to leave it looking brand new
  • This is how to clean mirrors and windows without streaking
  • Keep your toilet clean in four easy steps
  • Give your TV screen a once-over
  • Did you know your Venetian, Roman, vertical, or roller blinds also need cleaning?
  • Deep-clean your fridge in five simple steps

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