How to Clean Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid – Top 3 Methods

You get an immense fortune when a Ninja Foodi comes home. The versatile cooker keeps cooking, but suddenly you become anxious about how to clean the stubborn grease and food remnants burnt in the crisp fry lid.

The same happened to me. But what did I Do?

So, what happened in my case?

Nothing different from yours, I need to clean it. I went to YouTube, watched a few tutorials, and wondered how all these could help me.

Honestly, these videos have been helpful, but none gave me a perfect solution.

But I got my way out of all those tutorials–I still feel obliged to their creators for helping me learn the way to clean mine.

So, What do I do for a routine cleaning and deep cleaning of my Ninja Foodi air crisp lid?

Here is the list of the top 3 easy ways, which have been elaborated step by step. You can opt for any method depending on the cleaning needs of your Ninja Foodi.

Understanding the Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid and Its Components 

The Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid comprises essential components contributing to its cooking magic. The lid includes an outer shell to protect the heating elements and fan from the steaming and food particles. Behind the outer protective shell are heating elements in a coil shape. And lastly, it has a fan that rotates the hot air eliminated from the heating elements. All these components fit in a stainless steel lid notorious for accommodating grease and burnt food if not cleaned regularly–it’s hardest to clean. And today’s blog post particularly aims at providing you with a solution to keep this metal lid clean.

Preparing for Cleaning: Safety Measures

Before cleaning your Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid, ensure safety by taking a few key measures. 

First, disconnect the appliance from the power source to prevent any accidents. 

Additionally, allow the lid to cool down completely, as its components can become hot during cooking. This prevents any risk of burns while cleaning. 

Following these precautions sets the stage for a safe and effective cleaning process.

3 Easy Ways with Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning Ninja Foodi Crisp Fryer Lid

Below I’ve discussed the 3 most effective methods you can use for regular or deep cleaning of your Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker’s air fryer crisp lid. You can choose any depending on how much cleaning your air crisp lid needs.

1. Quick Steam and Wipe Method by the End of Each Cooking Session

Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can quickly wipe the Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid by the end of each cooking session:

Things You Need

  • Kitchen Towel or microfiber cloth
  • Hot water

Step 1: Unplug You Ninja Foodi and Let the Lid Cool Down

After using the Ninja Foodi, allow the Air Crisp Lid to cool down. Ensure the appliance is unplugged to ensure safety.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

Grab a clean, soft cloth or microfiber towel and a small bowl of water.

Step 3: Create Water Steam

Add water to the cooker and set it on simmer or sautee for 5 minutes for 5 minutes. It’ll create water steam and let it soften the any grime in the lid.

Step 4: Dampen the Cloth and Start Wiping

Dip the cloth into the cold water and wring it out thoroughly. You want it damp, not soaking wet.

Begin wiping the outer surface of the Air Crisp Lid. Start at the top and work your way down. Use gentle, circular motions to pick up any residue.

Pay special attention to the edges and corners, as they tend to collect more dirt and grease.

Step 5: Dry with a Dry Cloth

Once you’ve wiped down the lid, use a dry part of the cloth or a separate dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture.

Step 6: Inspect and Reconnect

Give the lid a quick inspection to make sure it’s clean. Reconnect the Ninja Foodi to the power source if you’re ready to use it again.

Step 7: Dispose of the Waste

Dispose of any disposable wipes or clothes properly.

Remember, a quick wipe-down after each use prevents buildup and ensures your Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid is always ready for the next delicious cooking adventure.

2. Baking Soda Method for Occasional Cleaning of Ninja Foodi air Fryer Crisp Lid

Baking soda is also an effective cleaner for pots and lids for the reason that it’s mildly abrasive, alkaline to soften grease, and non toxic. Hence, not only does it clean the lids and pots effectively, but also prevents them from a bad-after smell. 

You can clean your air-crisp lid occasionally using baking soda paste. However, this method might not be great for cleaning the stubborn burnt lid. 

Here is how to use baking soda to clean the air fryer crisp lid of your Ninja Foodi cooker.

Things You Need

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • Some water to form a thick paste of baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Narrow cleaning brush
  • Damp cloth

Step1: Prepare for Cleaning and Gather Supplies.

Before you start, make sure the appliance is unplugged and cool to the touch. Safety comes first! Then, grab some baking soda, water, a soft cloth or sponge, a small bowl, and a dry towel.

Step 2: Make the Paste and Spread it Over the lid.

Mix a couple of spoons of baking soda with water in the bowl. You want a thick paste that can stick to the lid. Spread this thick paste using a cloth or sponge to spread on nooks and crooks of the lid gently. Think of it like giving the lid a paste massage!

Step 3: Wait and Rub it.

Let the paste sit on the lid for around 15-20 minutes. This gives the baking soda time to break down those stubborn stains.

After waiting, use the cloth or sponge to scrub the lid softly. The baking soda is like a friendly scrubbing partner, helping to remove the stains without harming the lid.

Don’t forget the nooks and crannies! Scrub all the little corners, including the heating elements and the area underneath.

Step 4: Rinse and Dry it.

Rinse the cloth or sponge with clean water, and then use it to wipe away the baking soda. You might need to rinse and wipe a few times to get it all off.

Use a dry towel to wipe away any leftover moisture from the lid.

Once everything is dry, check the lid. Those stains should be history!

If you disconnected anything, like unplugging the Ninja Foodi, make sure to reconnect it safely. By the end, properly throw away any cleaning stuff you used, like disposable wipes or cloths.

Now you’ve got a clean and shiny Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Crisp Lid ready for your next cooking adventure. Baking soda does the heavy lifting, and you get the satisfaction of a job well done!

3. Deep Cleaning the Ninja Foodi Lid with Lemon Water or Vinegar

You can follow these steps to clean the lid of your Ninja Foodi.

Things You Need

  • 6 cups of boiling hot water
  • 4 lemons
  • Kitchen towel or microfiber cloth
  • Flexible bottle brush or spare tootbrush

Step 1: Removing the Shield

The method can affect the warranty of your Ninja Foodi. So, only use it when you need to clean your Ninja Foodi Lide deeply.

Grab a screwdriver with a cr-vt-15 head to remove the shield covering the heating elements (if you don’t have it, buy it at some hardware store, for you’ll need it in the future as well). Removing this shield will help you clean the area under and around the heating elements more easily to make the lid look like new.

Step 2: Cleaning the Shield

Fill a large pot or sink with hot water.

Put the shield in the water and let it soak for a while to loosen the gunk.

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the shield and grab a non-stick cleaning sponge.

Scrub away at the shield. The baking soda will help break down the grease.

Rinse the shield thoroughly and let it dry.

Step 3: Lemon Magic

Time to use the power of lemons to tackle the grease!

Squeeze the juice from the lemons. You’ll need around 1/4 cup of lemon juice.

Add the lemon juice to the hot water in the Ninja Foodi cooker. Close the lid, and select “sear/suatee” for 30 minutes. When the timer is off, keep the lid closed for another 30 minutes. Alternatively, if you have a pressure cooker setting for 5 minutes and leave the lid closed for 30 minutes.

The steam will help soften the grease and grime.        

Note: avoid using any chemical cleaner because that’ll leave an annoying smell to ruin your food batches.

Step 4: Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

Once the hour is up, open the lid. You’ll notice the grease has softened. Most of it will have dripped in the water and lemon mixture to make it look brown.

Take your kitchen towel or microfiber cloth and start wiping away the softened grease. Be careful, as it might still be hot.

For those hard-to-reach spots, use a flexible bottle brush or a spare toothbrush. Gently scrub away the remaining grime.

That’s it! Your Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Air Crisp Lid should now look much cleaner and ready to use for more tasty cooking adventures. Remember, regular cleaning keeps your kitchen buddy in tip-top shape, so don’t hesitate to give it some love now and then. Happy cooking!


Should you use a baking soda and lemon water combination to clean a kitchen appliance?

No, scientifically, it’s a less effective combination. It’s nothing more than a salt solution.

The reason is that mixing baking soda with lemon juice causes a chemical reaction because of the combination of acid (lemon juice) and base (baking soda), resulting in carbon dioxide, gas, water, and salt. So, you can either use baking soda or lemon, but not their combination.

Can you add baking Soda and vinegar to clean a kitchen appliance?

The result of combining vinegar and baking soda is also nothing but salt. It’s because baking soda is a base, while vinegar is an acid.

When combined, they neutralize each other’s effectiveness, resulting in reduced cleaning power. Their chemical reaction can also produce carbon dioxide gas, potentially causing foaming or splattering. 

For effective cleaning, it’s best to use baking soda and vinegar separately in appropriate contexts or choose single cleaning agents that match the appliance’s material and cleaning needs.

Why shouldn’t you use chemical cleaners to clean your Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid?

Using chemical cleaners on your Ninja Foodi Air Crisp Lid isn’t a good idea. These cleaners have strong stuff that might stay on the lid even after cleaning and could mix with your food while cooking, making it unhealthy.

Also, the chemicals could damage the lid’s special coating and its parts. They might even leave bad smells or mess up the environment if they go down the drain. So, use gentle things like soapy water, vinegar solutions, or baking soda paste to keep your lid clean and safe for cooking.

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