How to Clean and Store Your Instant Pot

How to Clean and Store Your Instant Pot  |

How to Clean Your Instant Pot

Your Instant Pot has been hard at work making the most delectable meals, but all that cooking can make it downright dirty. Know what it needs? Some TLC. The great news is that it’s quick and easy to keep your Instant Pot clean and odorless. Any spices or other strong smells will stick around if you don’t give your Instant Pot the attention it needs. Here’s how I keep mine squeaky clean.

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Outside housing (this is the part that plugs in and has the buttons on it)

Make sure to unplug your Instant Pot before starting. Wipe the outside clean with a microfiber cloth that’s been dampened with water and a few drops of dish soap. Wipe the black inner housing rim and slot with a damp cloth. Buff dry with a clean cloth. Don’t forget that this is the unit that contains the electronic components, and should NEVER be immersed in water!

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Stainless Steel Insert

This part is where the food is cooked and needs to be cleaned every time you use your Instant Pot. This part is dishwasher safe, so you can safely run it through your normal cycle with the rest of your dirty dishes. If stuck-on food isn’t budging, add hot, soapy water and soak for 30 minutes. The pot should wipe clean. If you notice a rainbow effect on your inner stainless steel insert, renew the finish by wiping or soaking it in white vinegar. Never use steel wool on this insert to keep it scratch free.

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Hand wash the lid with warm, soapy water and towel off or air dry. Most of the time that’s good enough. When you start to notice a build up of gunk on the valve, it’s time to give the lid a deep clean. Let’s take a closer look at how to clean all the parts of the lid below.

Silicone Ring

You have a few options here. The silicone ring can be removed and put on the top rack of the dishwasher. If the silicone ring really starts to stink, soak it in 4 cups hot water and 1 cup white vinegar for 15 minutes. Alternatively, add 2 cups of water or white vinegar and some lemon rind to the Instant Pot, run the “Steam” program for 2 minutes with the sealing ring in place, then allow the sealing ring to air-dry. Just one more method – make a paste with baking soda and a little water, rub it all around the ring, store the ring overnight in a zip-top bag, and rinse in the morning.

Once the ring is totally dry, put it back in position inside the lid. I was surprised that this took a little bit of wrangling, but it gets easier every time. The groove on the sealing ring snaps into the stainless steel sealing ring rack on the inside of the lid. It’s important that the sealing ring is secure in the sealing ring rack for the pot to properly come to pressure.

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Steam Release Handle

You can remove the steam-release handle by turning the valve handle past “venting” and give it a gentle tug. Check for stuck-on food bits and gunk. Use a small scrub brush and rinse it in the sink, or put this part in the top rack of the dishwasher in an accessories basket. This part easily snaps back into place once clean.

Anti-Block Shield

From the underside of the lid, remove the anti-block shield and wipe the steam valve clean. Use the tip of a knife or your fingernail to pop out this part. Especially with sticky food like rice, this valve can get gunky. If you use the quick steam release method often, you’ll notice gunk builds up pretty quickly, and you will need to clean this part more often. NEVER remove the steam valve. To reattach the anti-block shield, snap it back into place.

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Float Valve

To remove the float valve, first remove the silicone ring anchoring the float valve and rinse clean. Dry with a cloth and reattach. It should easily snap back into place. The float valve should move up and down without obstruction.

Storing your Instant Pot

Now that your Instant Pot is clean, let’s move on to storing it. Store it on the counter, in your cupboard, or anywhere you can find space. Just remember to store the lid upside down on the inner pot so it airs out. No need for funky smells to be trapped all night! I also recommend unplugging it after every use.

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