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How to Clean Your Instant Pot

You’ve heard so many people sing the praises of the Instant Pot. However, you may be holding off on buying one because you’re not sure how they work, you’re afraid of pressure cookers, or you just don’t want another kitchen appliance to clean or store. I get it. There’s no doubt that it looks quite intimidating.

However, learning how to clean your Instant Pot is quite easy, and I think you’ll like the appliance so much that storing it won’t be a problem… you’ll be using it all the time!

How to Clean Your Instant Pot - Everything You Need to Know

Learn How to Clean Your Instant Pot

Although Instant Pots are a bit more affordable now than they once were, it’s important to clean them properly to protect your investment. Learn how to clean your instant pot, including all those pieces and parts, here.


Wipe Down the Outside of the Pot with a Damp Cloth

If you spill something on the outside of the pot, you can wipe the outside down with a damp cloth. You can also use a damp toothbrush to scrub any small areas on the outside. Avoid getting any water near the electrical components, though, as those could be damaged if they get wet.

Run the Inner Pot, Sealing Ring, Lid, and Steam Rack in the Dishwasher

Most of the other parts of the Instant Pot can be ran through the dishwasher. This includes the inner pot, sealing ring, lid, and steam rack. You’ll want to remove the sealing ring and anti-block shield beforehand so that everything gets thoroughly cleaned. The sealing rid and lid should be washed on the top rack only.

Hand Wash the Anti-Block Shield

Speaking of the anti-block shield, you’ll want to wash it by hand in hot, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Deep Clean as Necessary

Last, but not least, you can deep clean your Instant Pot as needed. You’ll want to add one cup water and one cup vinegar along with lemon peels to your Instant Pot. Run the pot on the steam setting for two minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Take the sealing ring out of the lid and allow everything to dry thoroughly. If you have blue staining in your stainless-steel liner, you can soak a sponge with vinegar and wash the pot by hand.

It’s easier to clean your Instant Pot than you might think. If you’ve allowed this to stop you from buying one, don’t. You’ll love how quickly meals cook and you won’t even mind the cleanup. Since most items go in the dishwasher, it takes literally minutes to learn how to clean your Instant Pot.

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