If you use your Instant Pot as much as I do it can get a little messy. Today I’m sharing how to deep clean your Instant Pot in just 3 easy steps. Plus I will share with you how to get rid of the smell from your silicone sealing ring.
How To Deep Clean Your Instant Pot (Video)
My every day routine: Before I tell you how I deep clean my Instant Pot I’ll run through my every day cleaning routine. After dinner is over, I either hand wash the stainless steel pot or I throw it into the dishwasher. I choose not to wash my lid in the dishwasher. The official word from Instant Pot is that “The inner pot of the cooker (the stainless steel cooking pot), the sealing ring, the lid, and the steam rack are all dishwasher safe.” I, however, choose to hand wash my lid with soapy water in the sink. Usually I don’t remove the sealing ring but sometimes I do. Then I wipe off any messes on the outside of the pot. And that’s it.
Today I’m going to share with you a much more in-depth routine of cleaning the Instant Pot. I don’t do this often but if you’re a clean freak or if you use your pot a lot you may want to do this every month or so.
3 Steps to Deep Cleaning Your Instant Pot
- Wipe down the outside of the Instant Pot. Use a damp rag to wipe down the outside of the Instant Pot. I like to use a microfiber cleaning rag. Sometimes crumbs get caught in the lip on the top of the Instant Pot. I like to use a butter knife with a wet rag wrapped around it to clean it. I slide the covered knife around the lip to get any crumbs or spills cleaned up. Remember the inside of the housing unit is home to the microprocessor and the heating element essential to cooking. So if you must clean it then “use a slightly damp cloth to clean the inside of the cooker. It is however, important that the cooker be kept dry” (from the Instant Pot website).
- Clean your stainless steel pot. If you want your stainless steel Instant Pot liner to look shiny and new just wipe it down with a rag that has a little white vinegar on it. Or you can use a spray bottle to spray vinegar into the pot and then wipe it clean. To make is shiny I like to use Bar Keepers Friend. I just put a little of the cleanser into the bottom and then rub it around the pot with a damp rag. Then I wash the pot with soapy water.
- Clean the lid and the lid parts. (Watch the video above for a visual peek at what this looks like). Take apart the lid. Remove the steam release handle by pulling straight up. Remove the silicone sealing ring. Pop off the anti block shield by pressing on it sideways with your thumb. Remove the little silicone plug on the bottom of the float valve. Clean all these parts thoroughly in warm soapy water and then let them dry completely before putting the lid back together.
How to get the smell out of your silicone sealing ring
Let’s be honest the worst part of the Instant Pot is that the silicone sealing ring can get a little smelly. The smells with never totally go away but you can do a couple things to help.
- Get an extra sealing ring. I like to use one for savory foods and one for sweet foods. I bought at extra set of rings on Amazon*. Make sure to discard your sealing ring if it becomes damaged in any way.
- Clean your sealing ring by adding 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vinegar and some lemon rind to your Instant Pot. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the steam setting to 3 minutes and then let the pressure release naturally. Remove the sealing ring and let it air dry.
- Store your pot with the lid upside down which will allow it to air out.
Thanks for reading! What are your favorite Instant Pot tips? I’d love to know!
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What Instant Pot Do You Use?
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
*Karen Petersen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.