Instant Pots are a range of multicookers designed to combine various kitchen appliances into one handy, easy to use, time-saving kitchen appliance. Pressure cookers, rice makers, yogurt makers, and crockpots can all be replaced by the Instant Pot.
As the Instant Pot is described as a versatile time-saving kitchen tool, it would make sense for the Instant Pot to be dishwasher safe to continue with the time-saving theme. Although the Instant Pot is larger in size than many kitchen appliances that you are used to cooking with, cleaning it should be as easy as cooking in it!
The Instant Pot is a sleek, modern, good looking appliance which will easily fit in with most kitchen designs without taking up too much countertop space. While the exterior of the appliance is generally made from stainless steel and can be wiped down with a wet cloth, the interior requires specialized cleaning care.
How do you keep your Instant Pot clean and in good working order? As the appliance has electronic parts and uses electricity for power, there are certain components that should never come into contact with a basin of hot, soapy water.
All of the Instant Pot parts, excluding the exterior cooker base, are dishwasher safe – even the little parts.
What Do I Need To Clean My Instant Pot
If you are planning on washing your Instant Pot by hand and not using your dishwasher, the following items would be a good investment to keep your appliance in tip-top condition. The exterior cooking base cannot be placed in the dishwasher, so good cleaning materials are an essential requirement for keeping your Instant Pot spic and span.
- Dishwasher (optional)
- Warm soapy water
- Soft microfiber cloth or dishtowel
- Small scrubbing brush or soft toothbrush
- White distilled vinegar
- A soft sponge
How To Clean Your Instant Pot
Make sure that your Instant Pot is safely unplugged and completely cooled down before you start cleaning.
Step 1: Remove the inner stainless-steel pot from the exterior cooker base.
The exterior base is the heaviest part of the Instant Pot, which houses the stainless-steel inner pot. The inner stainless-steel pot is completely detachable from the base, making cleaning it so much easier.
Step 2: Remove the lid and steam rack.
The lid can be lifted off the Instant pot, and the steam rack removed from the inside of the Instant Pot and washed in the dishwasher.
Step 3: Remove and clean the anti-block shield from the lid
The anti-block shield component is a small, round, or oval element underneath the lid. To remove it, gently push the piece toward the lid rim and lift it to pop it off. Hand wash the anti-block shield in warm soapy water and dry with a clean cloth before replacing it back on the lid. It is a small part, so be careful not to lose it.
Step 4: Remove and clean the silicone sealing ring from the lid.
The silicone sealing ring can pick up strong odors. To get rid of any unwanted smells, wash separately in the dishwasher using a high-temperature cycle. The combination of high heat and washing detergent should remove any odors.
If a lingering sweet or savory smell remains on the sealing ring after the wash-cycle, soak overnight in vinegar, then hand wash thoroughly.
It is definitely a wise idea to have two sealing rings. Use one for savory dishes and the other for sweet dishes. It is recommended that you replace the sealing ring every six to twelve months, depending on how often you make use of the Instant Pot.
Step 5: Clean the steam release valve and red float valve.
The valve can be washed in the dishwasher, but for stubborn grease and food deposits, soak in warm, soapy water and then gently rub the valve with a sponge.
Step 6: Clean the exterior cooker base while the inner pot is removed.
The base of the appliance contains the heating element and electric components, so it should never be completely immersed in water or washed in the dishwasher. Wipe down the exterior of the cooker base with a damp cloth to remove dirt and food splatter.
The outer pot handles might need extra attention as they are used more often. Use a clean, slightly damp cleaning cloth to gently wipe down the interior of the cooker base and dry immediately. For wiping away extra stubborn marks, use a dab of white vinegar on a damp cloth, followed by a damp paper towel.
The recessed area along the lip of the base can be gently scrubbed with a small scrubbing brush, or even a toothbrush, to remove any food particles. Pay extra attention to the lip as small food particles tend to collect under the lip and can become a problem area for bacteria if not cleaned correctly.
Step 7: Place all parts in the dishwasher
The inner pot, the rack, the lid, the steam release and red float valve, the silicone sealing ring, and all the smaller components can be placed into the dishwasher on either rack and washed on a normal cycle.
Most Instant pot accessories can be washed in the dishwasher – check the directions on each item to see if they are dishwasher proof.
Step 8: Reassemble the Instant Pot
Once all parts and pots have been thoroughly cleaned and dried, reassemble in the correct order. Double-check that the float valve, anti-block shield, and sealing ring are firmly in place as these are essential for the Instant Pot to function properly.
How To Remove Stubborn Stains From My Instant Pot
Not all stubborn stains can be washed away in the dishwasher; sometimes, more extreme measures are called for, especially if the Instant Pot has been left standing for a while without being washed.
- Stuck-on-food – Warm soapy water is recommended to remove stubborn stains and food particles. Leave to soak if necessary but do not use steel wool or abrasive cleaners as these will damage the stainless-steel surface. If soaking does not work, use a soft, damp sponge to work away the grime.
- Water stains and discoloration on the bottom of the inner pot can easily be removed with a vinegar solution. Pour 1 full cup of white vinegar into the stainless-steel bowl and leave for 5 minutes before pouring out; rinse with clean water. If the stain is particularly stubborn, soak a sponge in vinegar and scrub lightly. Wash with clean soapy water and dry thoroughly.
How Often Should I Clean My Instant Pot
To avoid the build-up of food and nasty smells, all pieces of the Instant Pot that encounter any food should be washed and cleaned after every use. This includes the inner cooking pot, steam rack, lid components, the sealing ring, the valve, and the anti-block shield.
The exterior pot can be cleaned occasionally or as needed. Cleaning the Instant Pot after each use is good practice. Not cleaning it could attract all sorts of unwanted bugs and rodents into your kitchen.
Deep cleaning is recommended every few weeks or at least once a month to prevent clogging, food particle build-up and to prevent weird smells from forming. If you are in a hurry, make sure to at least clean the inner pot, lid, the sealing-ring, and valve, to maintain hygiene and cleanliness.
Cleaning and maintaining an Instant Pot is not too much of a challenge. If it is wiped down and washed regularly and reassembled correctly, you should have many years of happy cooking with the Instant Pot. The idea of a multi-use cooking pot is made all the more attractive to the busy cook by also being easy to clean and dishwasher proof!