How to Clean Each Part of Your Instant Pot

From base to lid, this guide explains exactly how to clean an Instant Pot. Buh-bye, stuck-on food!

If you’re like us, you’ve been pressure-cooking like crazy since picking up an Instant Pot. It didn’t take us long to jump on the bandwagon (here’s why we traded 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. Just another reason why we love the Instant Pot! Whether you use the dishwasher or wash by hand, make sure to dry the parts completely before reassembling. And always unplug the appliance before cleaning.

How to Clean an Instant Pot

Watch our video to see a step-by-step guide—or follow the simple steps below.

How to Clean the Base

The cooker base and heating element of an Instant Pot should never be placed in the dishwasher. Instead, use a slightly damp cloth to clean the interior and exterior of the cooker base.

How often to clean it: The cooker base and heating element should be cleaned after every use. Add this task to your daily kitchen cleaning list.

How to Clean the Stainless Steel Inner Pot

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The inner pot is made of stainless steel, so wash it in warm, soapy water or throw it in the dishwasher.

How often to clean it: Since the food touches the pot directly, wash it after making any Instant Pot recipes.

How to Clean a Steam Rack

If you have room in the dishwasher, put the steam rack in there. Otherwise, hand-wash and dry completely.

How often to clean it: 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.

How to Clean the Steam Release Valve and Float Valve

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You don’t want anything blocking these valves—that would only hinder your future Instant Pot endeavors. Use a cloth to wipe off any food particles that may gather while using your Instant Pot.

How often to clean them: It’s important to wipe off food particles that get on these valves, so clean this piece after each use.

How to Clean the Anti-Block Shield

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Remove the shield from the lid, hand-wash it, and then wipe it with a soft cloth until it’s completely dry. Make sure to secure it in place on the lid before using it again.

How often to clean it: The anti-block shield is a piece of an Instant Pot that should be cleaned after every use.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Sealing Ring

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Wash the sealing ring by hand or throw it in the dishwasher. Once it’s completely dry, place it back securely on the lid. This is an important step, so make sure it’s on there tight.

Editor’s Tip: Use one sealing ring for savory foods and another for sweet foods, since the ring can pick up odors while cooking. An extra sealing ring is an essential Instant Pot accessory!

How often to clean it: The sealing ring can absorb food odors, so clean this often. To avoid any odors or discoloration, replace the sealing ring every 6-12 months.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Exterior

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Wipe the exterior of your Instant Pot with a damp cloth. 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 often to clean: The exterior of an Instant Pot can be cleaned as needed.

How to Clean an Instant Pot Lid

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After removing the sealing ring and anti-block shield, hand-wash the lid or wash it in the top rack of the dishwasher. Make sure you know these Instant Pot secrets you won’t find in the owner’s manual.

How often to clean it: It’s not necessary to clean the lid after every use, so wipe it down with a cloth between washes.

How to Clean the Condensation Collector

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This little cup collects condensation during the cooling process. A simple hand wash will get the job done.

How often to clean: It doesn’t get very dirty, so a periodic hand wash is all it needs.

How to Deep Clean an Instant Pot

Show your Instant Pot some love by giving it a deep clean every so often.

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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.

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 of white vinegar and a tablespoon of lemon zest to the inner pot. Then run the Steam program for two minutes. Remove the sealing ring and let air dry.

Your Instant Pot is clean! Don’t forget to check out our other appliance cleaning guides, like how to clean your air fryer and how to clean an oven so all your kitchen appliances stay spotless.

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Emily Racette Parulski
Emily has spent the last decade writing and editing food and lifestyle content. As a senior editor at Taste of Home, she leads the newsletter team sharing delicious recipes and helpful cooking tips to more than 2 million loyal email subscribers. Since joining TMB seven years ago as an associate editor, she has worked on special interest publications, launched TMB’s first cross-branded newsletter, supported the launch of the brand's affiliate strategy, orchestrated holiday countdowns, participated in taste tests and was selected for a task force to enhance the Taste of Home community. Emily was first mentioned by name in Taste of Home magazine in 1994, when her mother won a contest. When she’s not editing, Emily can be found in her kitchen baking something sweet, taking a wine class with her husband, or making lasagnas for neighbors through Lasagna Love.