How to Clean an Instant Pot (We Mean, REALLY Clean It)

The Instant Pot pressure cooker has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and it's no surprise. The ease of use and safety of the newer electric pressure cookers make cooking full meals with tons of flavor easy. You can use the Instant Pot to create just about any meal, including meats, vegetables, stews, and even yogurt. To keep the flavors of different ingredients from melding together, you'll need to know how to clean it properly. And luckily, it's easier than you may think!

Things You'll Need

Step 1

Before you begin cleaning, unplug the pot and make sure it's completely cool.

Step 2

Remove the inner pot to clean. You can either toss it in the dishwasher or hand-wash it using dish liquid.

Step 3

Remove the sealing ring from the lid of your Instant Pot and clean it using dish liquid, or add it to the top rack of your dishwasher.

TIP: It's super important to clean the sealing ring in between uses to keep flavors from any previous meals from influencing your current meal.

Step 4

Clean the lid well. Use a damp sponge with a few drops of dish liquid to gently scrub the inside and outside of the lid. Be sure to remove the steam valve and give it a gentle scrub as well. Rinse with warm water and let dry.

Step 5

Dip a small brush, such as a toothbrush or clean paintbrush, into some soapy water and clean the rim of the housing unit. Then take a dry dishcloth and run it around the edge to remove any moisture.

Step 6

Use a damp dishcloth to wipe down the inside and outside of the housing unit, including the buttons. There is no need to use dish liquid on these areas, since they aren't typically touched by food. If you have any food drippings on the outside of your Instant Pot, simply use a damp dishcloth with a couple drops of dish liquid to wipe them away.


Jessica Kielman

Jessica Kielman

Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.