In case you’ve noticed food/mineral residue build-up or unusual smells with your Instant Pot, it’s a sign it needs immediate deep cleaning. This will get rid of all the deposits and smells, leaving your Pot looking and working like new again. But is it really that easy to clean? Well, yes, it’s as easy as one-two-three. In fact, it will only take you a few minutes to get the job done and carry on with your other duties.
Here’s a complete guide on how to deep clean your Instant Pot:
How to Clean an Instant Pot (Step-by-Step Guide)
What You’ll Need
- Dish soap
- Lemon peels
- Small scrub brush
- Microfiber/cotton cloth
- Optional dishwasher
You need to clean your Instant Pot after each use. This is a simple process that will take you just a few minutes :
- Start off by washing the inner pot; you can do this manually or toss it in the dishwater with other dishes.
- Wipe down both the inside and outside of the Pot using a wet dishcloth.
- The sealing ring often tends to absorb food colors and odors. To prevent this, ensure to wash the silicone ring after each use. Also, wash and wipe the inside of the lid; you can use the top rack of your dishwasher.
For better maintenance of your magic pot, schedule to deep clean it after every few weeks (say at least once a month) using the below step by step guide. This helps prevent the formation of weird smells, stubborn food residues, and clogging.
Follow these 7 simple steps every time you’re cleaning your magic pot:
Your safety should be your priority when handling any electric appliances. And your Instant Pot is not an exception. You should check and ensure the Instapot is unplugged for obvious safety reasons before proceeding with the cleaning.
2. Clean the Housing Unit
Wipe down the main cooker part of your Instant Pot (inside and outside of your housing unit) using a clean damp cloth. In case there are any dried food residue at the bottom of the unit, use a small brush to remove the residue from the crannies and nooks.
3. Wash the Lid
The lid requires a good wash as well. However, a dishwasher may not be efficient for the lid. You’ll have to hand-wash the lid in the sink using warm, soapy water to remove bacteria (if any) and other pathogens that may not be good for your food. To get rid of the residual smells, add vinegar to your washing solution.
4. Check the Smaller Parts
Do you usually remember to wash the nooks and crannies in your Instant Pot? Well, if not, it’s high time to check for these small parts and wash them well. Food residue may build up in these parts if they’re not cleaned regularly with warm, soapy water. Start by removing (and washing) the Quick Release handle then check around the steam valve for any residue build-up.
You should then remove the shield inside the lid for efficient cleaning and to prevent it from blocking the valve. Some shields could require to be unscrewed while others could pop off easily; check your owner’s manual for guidance.
Next, check the condensation collection cup and scrub off any food deposits that it may have collected over time.
5. Clean the Sealing Ring
The lid also has a silicone ring on the underside that’s vulnerable to residual smells and food particles building up, hence making the seal less tight. The ring can also damage over time and will require an immediate replacement; check for any signs of cracks or tears in the ring when cleaning. It’s dishwasher-safe, so you can just pop it in the top rack of your machine.
6. Wash the Inner Pot & Accessories
The inner pot and other Instant Pot accessories like the wire racks and silicone molds are your parts to clean, and they’re dishwasher-safe, ideal for regular washing. You can choose to hand-wash them as well. After washing the inner pot, use a paper towel to dry it off.
You need your Instant Pot to smell nice and look shiny, right? Use vinegar and a clean cloth to give the inner pot a thorough wipe-down to remove smells and any built-up residue from dish detergent and minerals in your water.
Perhaps you can afford a smile at this point. Every part of your magic pot is clean now and ready for reassembling. You need to be keen not to forget the small, easy-to-miss parts such as the shield and sealing ring. The owner’s manual can come in handy in case you’re not sure.
Once you’ve reassembled the parts, you can steam clean your Instant Pot for extra freshness and to remove any strange food smell, if any. All you need to do is add one cup each vinegar and water and some lemon peels to the inner pot and run the “Steam” setting in your Instant Pot for a few minutes. Allow for natural pressure release wait till the lid is safe to open before removing the sealing ring to dry.