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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.