How to Clean an Instant Pot So You Can Use It for Years to Come

Cleaning an Instant Pot is easier than you think! Here's how to clean an Instant Pot, including how often you should be cleaning each piece.

If you’re like us, then you have been pressure-cooking like crazy since getting an Instant Pot. It didn’t take us long to jump on the bandwagon (here’s why we traded in our slow cooker for an Instant Pot), and now we’re in love. And if you love something, then you need to take care of it—which is why we’re going to show you how to clean an Instant Pot.

Lucky for us, all parts of the appliance—besides the exterior cooker—are dishwasher safe, which is just another reason why we love the Instant Pot. Whether you use the dishwasher or dry by hand, make sure to dry the parts completely before reassembling. And always unplug the appliance before washing. Always.

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Watch our video to see a step-by-step guide or follow the tips below.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Inner Pot

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The inner pot is made of stainless steel, so you can wash it in warm, soapy water or throw it in the dishwasher. Since the food touches the pot directly, you’ll definitely need to wash it every single time. Here are 7 must-make recipes for your Instant Pot.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Steam Rack

Since the steam rack sits in the inner pot and makes direct contact with the food, you’ll need to wash this after every use, too. If you have room in the dishwasher, you can put it in there. Otherwise, handwash and dry completely.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Steam Release Valve and Float Valve

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It’s important to wipe off food particles that get on these valves. You don’t want anything blocking them—that would only hinder your future Instant Pot endeavors. Check out these new Instant Pot accessories you’ll definitely want to use!

How to Clean an Instant Pot Anti-block Shield

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After every use, remove the shield from the lid. After handwashing it, wipe it with a soft cloth and dry completely. Make sure to secure it in place on the lid before using it again. Make sure you don’t use your Instant Pot to make these 5 dishes.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Sealing Ring

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The sealing ring can absorb food odors, so you’ll want to clean this often. Wash it by hand or even throw it in the dishwasher. Once completely dry, it’s time to place it back securely on the lid. This is an important step, so make sure it’s on there tight.

Pro tip: The makers of Instant Pot recommend using one sealing ring for savory foods and another for sweet foods since the ring can pick up odors while cooking.

How to Clean an Instant Pot’s Exterior

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Wipe the exterior of your Instant Pot with a damp cloth as needed. It’s important not to submerge the cooker in water since it contains the heating element, so when you need to clean the inside of the cooker (not to be confused with the inner pot), clean with a damp cloth and dry immediately. The area around the lip of the pot can be cleaned with a toothbrush.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Lid

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After removing the sealing ring and anti-block shield, wash the lid in the top rack of the dishwasher. It’s not necessary to clean the lid after every use, so just wipe it down with a cloth in between washes. Make sure you know these 11 Instant Pot secrets you won’t find in the owner’s manual.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Condensation Cup

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This little cup collects condensation during the cooling process. It doesn’t get very dirty, so a periodic wash is all it needs. Here are 6 reasons we love our Instant Pots.

How to Deep Clean an Instant Pot Inner Pot

Show your Instant Pot some love by giving it a deep clean every so often. For the inner pot, pour one cup of white vinegar into the pot and let sit for five minutes. Pour it out and rinse. If you start to see water stains, use a non-abrasive scouring cleanser to make it shiny again.

How to Deep Clean an Instant Pot Sealing Ring

To refresh the sealing ring, steam clean the ring by adding two cups of water and a tablespoon of lemon zest, or two cups white vinegar and a tablespoon lemon zest to the inner pot and running the Steam program for two minutes. Remove the sealing ring and let air dry.

Now that you know how to clean the hottest new appliance in town, learn how to get the most out of your Instant Pot.

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Emily Racette Parulski
Emily Racette Parulski is a Senior Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in email newsletters. When she’s not writing about food, she’s baking something sweet to feed her chocolate obsession.