How To Clean Your Instant Pot In Just Four Steps

Here’s how to clean your brand new Instant Pot to keep everything in working order.

Step 1: Clean the Instant Pot Exterior Housing & Rim

A. Clean Exterior Housing with a Damp Cloth

First, wet cloth until it’s damp. Then, wipe off any food remains or stains on the Instant Pot’s exterior housing. Use a microfiber cloth for the best results. Don’t submerge the outer pot in water.

B. Clean the Edge of the Pot with a Foam brush

Food and liquid could get caught on the edge of the pot during the pressure cooking process. 

Here’s how to clean it; soak a craft foam brush with soapy water, then scrub around the edge of the pot to clean it thoroughly.

Step 2: Clean the Interior Pot's liner

  1. Hand-wash the instant pot with water. 
  2. To remove the cloudy or rainbow stains with white vinegar, if you experience a minor discoloring, remove it with pure white vinegar. For more durable stains, use the “Bar Keepers Friend” It removes rust and hard water stains on Copper, Tile, Brass, Stainless Steel, Porcelain, Plastics, and Glass surfaces. By using this product, you shine your stainless steel liner in a flash.
  3. For tough old stains, kick it up a notch combining the Bar Keepers Friend and the Magic Eraser Cleaning Sponge. 

Step 3: Wash the Lid and IP Parts

  1. Wash the lid with soapy water. After regular use, rinse the IP lid shortly under tap water after every move. If it still has food bits in it, wash it by hand to avoid splattering. Do not wash it in the dishwasher. 
  2. Occasionally rinse the IP parts by following these steps: 

First, anti-block te shield by pushing to the side. Then, lift it to check for food and liquid remains. After the rinsing and drying process, press it back to place.

Second, remove the steam release valve by pulling it straight out. Third, slide the condensation collector. To do so, slide it out, if there’s any liquid, pour it out. After it’s pulled out, rinse it shortly.

Step 4: Clean Instant Pot Sealing Ring

To get rid of the sealing ring odor soak, the silicone sealing ring in white vinegar and air dry it to get rid of the bad odor.  

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