It's not exciting, but it's essential…
…cleaning your Instant Pot.
I'm sure you've noticed how cruddy it can get! Yuck!
And, it's awful to pull it out and find that it was put away dirty. Now, it needs to be cleaned — so there goes getting dinner on the table quickly. 🙁
On this week's #AskWardee, I'm showing how to quickly, easily, and naturally clean your Instant Pot after each use so it's in great shape every time you pull it out!
Check out the particulars below in print, podcast, or video.
The Question: How Do I Keep The Instant Pot Clean?
Lindsey D. asked:
I know how to wash the stainless insert pot of my Instant Pot… but how do I keep the Instant Pot itself clean? The outside edge gets a lot of liquid and crumbs in it that are hard to get out. The inside also has some spots and places where liquid has dripped in. I'm guessing it's not recommended to fill the Instant Pot with water to clean it! How do you clean an Instant Pot? Thank you, Wardee!
You're right, Lindsey. You shouldn't submerge the Instant Pot base, and it can get dirty!
I'm sure you know this, yet I'll say it anyway…
The best time to clean the Instant Pot is right after dinner or right after you're done using it, because:
- The spills, drips, etc. are still warm and clean up more easily right away.
- You'll appreciate it being clean the next time you're ready to cook in it.
What NOT To Do
First, make sure that when you clean your Instant Pot:
- You DON'T submerge the base in water.
- And DON'T leave it plugged in while cleaning it.
Now, let's talk about the tools you'll need…
Tools You'll Need
- non-scratch scouring pad
- dish soap or all-purpose spray cleaner (here's my homemade!)
- baking soda
- toothbrush or small cleaning brushes
Notice how everything is simple and natural? I love that and hope you do, too. 🙂
How To Clean Your Instant Pot
Clean-up begins as soon as dinner is over… while the Instant Pot mess is still fresh. These steps assume the food is already eaten or transferred to other containers. 🙂 Here's how to clean your Instant Pot naturally and easily!
1. Fill a sink with hot, soapy water. (This is the most important step! It will make everything easier from here!)
2. Make sure to unplug the Instant Pot and remove the insert pot from the base.
3. Next, put (almost) everything that needs to be cleaned in the hot, soapy water.
- the condensation cup (dump out any liquids that have accumulated first);
- the silicone ring, valve cover (if your model has a removable valve cover), sealing valve, and lid
- insert pot, glass lid, and/or trivet
4. Dip a small cleaning utensil — like a toothbrush or small cleaning brush — in the hot, soapy water. Clean all the nooks and crannies of the base. Use a wet, wrung-out cloth to sop up any liquids or dislodged food particles. Between the toothbrush and the washcloth, you should be able reach and dislodge everything. (You can also use a non-scratch scouring pad wherever it will fit.)
5. Then, use a washcloth and all-purpose spray cleaner to wipe down the outside of the Instant Pot so it looks pretty and shiny.
6. Finally, wash everything that's been soaking in the hot, soapy water. Rinse and air dry. Here's more about how to clean each part:
- silicone ring — scrub with toothbrush. Use baking soda, if necessary, to remove odor and staining. If it's still stinky, soak in vinegar water for a few hours, then rinse and air dry.
- insert pot — scrub inside in circular motion with non-scratch scouring pad. Use baking soda for stubborn messes. Let any stuck-on food soak a bit more if necessary. Repeat with the non-scratch scrubber and baking soda as needed.
- valve cover — scrub with toothbrush.
- lid — scrub nooks and crannies with toothbrush.
- sealing valve — scrub with toothbrush.
- condensation cup — scrub with toothbrush on the inside, if necessary.
If you're concerned about hard water spots, towel dry instead of air dry.
Not very exciting, is it? 😉 However, it's super helpful when you're ready to cook again because the Instant Pot is ready to go and beautifully clean!
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