Many smart people on social media are eager to show you some valuable life hacks. Some of the hacks are ingenious, from how to quickly inflate a tire to five smart digital life hacks that you won’t find in TikTok.

Naturally, numerous hacks explained on social media will make things easier in the kitchen. But just because someone does it online doesn’t mean it really works. For example, a virus clip shows how to clean a fryer in record time.

Not only is this hack an unreliable cleaning method, but it can damage your fryer – or worse. This is the viral advice of TikTok that you should avoid.

Here is the background

Deep fryers have grown in popularity in the last few years, as small kitchen appliances can cook, bake or fry almost anything with hot air. They use less oil than conventional cooking, can save you money on your utility bill, and prepare healthier options.

Like any other appliance, fryers should be cleaned regularly. For a quick and easy way to clean it, you could follow the instructions in this TikTok video. Or you can follow the instructions in your owner’s manual because this method is potentially dangerous.

In the video, the man explains that you can easily clean your fryer by pouring a little soap and water in half of the basket. The person then sets the fryer to run for three minutes at 200 ° F. As magic, the basket is brilliantly clean when the timer runs out and they pour out the water.

If you understand how fryers work, you will immediately understand the disadvantage of this hack. Hot air circulates inside and with so much water there is a real risk of getting into the circuit. The fryer can also use a huge amount of power to “cook” the water, which leads to overheating of the appliance and burst of flames.

What can you do about it

There are a few things you should never put in a deep fryer, and half a basket of water is definitely on the list. Our advice is just to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for fryer care or another product.

Other things you should never try to fry in the air are:

  • Cheese (because the melted dairy product will drip and stick to the basket)
  • Raw rice (because the temperature is not high enough)
  • Broccoli (because it contains less moisture and will dry quickly)
  • Wet dough (as it will drip into the basket and burn to the base)
  • Spice (because air can blow it out and get into the components)
  • Sugar food (because air can blow the sticky liquid into the chain)

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