With a little extra care, your beloved appliance will be as good as new. 
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By now, you know how to use your Instant Pot, what to cook in it, and how to adapt other recipes to your favorite pressure cooker. The other important thing to know? How to clean it. Though the Instant Pot is super easy to use, it does require a little extra work when getting it clean — after all, nobody wants smelly sealing rings or a dull inner pot. So, allow us to teach you exactly how to clean your Instant Pot to get it sparkling, shiny, and good as new. 

Step 1: Clean the inner pot

The easiest step of all, the inner pot is normally dishwasher safe, which means you can place it upside-down on the bottom rack and run the dishwasher on its usual cycle. If you don’t have a dishwasher, simply clean the pot with dish detergent, a sponge, and hot soapy water. If there is food burned onto the pot, fill the pot with hot soapy water and let it sit for a while before scrubbing with a sponge or brush. Don’t use an abrasive cleaner like steel wool, which can scratch and damage the finish.

Step 2: Remove and clean the parts of your lid

Depending on your model, the lid of the Instant Pot can contain a steam release cover, steam release valve, a quick cool cover, an anti-block shield, and a silicone cap that covers the float valve. Remove all of the parts that you are able to, and either put them in the dishwasher or wash by hand with warm soapy water and a sponge or scrub brush. Because they are small parts, you can also use a new toothbrush, if desired. We recommend cleaning by hand because the parts are so small and can easily be lost. 

Step 3: Wash the lid

While the parts are removed, clean the lid with warm soapy water and the tool of your choice. After cleaning, place the lid upside-down on top of the pot to fully air out and dry, which will prevent odor buildup. Once the parts are clean, return them to their place in the lid. 

Step 4: Clean the sealing ring

The sealing ring is where odors really linger, so be sure to thoroughly clean it. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for this one — take care to remove it properly and either clean by hand or place it on the top rack of the dishwasher. Once clean and dry, replace it in the lid and be sure that it is in properly — a loose sealing ring will prevent the pot from building up the necessary pressure to cook. 

If your ring is still trapping odors after cleaning, follow the suggestion in the Instant Pot manual: place one cup of water and one cup of vinegar in the inner pot, ensure that the sealing ring is properly secure in the lid, and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for about five minutes. Release the pressure and, once safely able to do so, open the lid and remove the sealing ring. Give everything a good rinse in warm water, then dry and replace the ring. We also recommend purchasing a few replacement rings and either using them for different types of meals or replacing as needed. 

Step 5: Wash your accessories

Your Instant Pot may have a condensation cap in the back, which collects excess moisture so it doesn’t spill on your countertop. To clean it, remove the cap from the base and place on the top rack of the dishwasher or wash by hand with warm soapy water. If you used a trivet, steaming rack, or any other Instant Pot accessory, either place them on the top rack of the dishwasher or wash by hand.

Step 6: Give everything a good wipe

Once everything else is clean, take a slightly-damp towel and wipe down the outer pot and inner base (without getting the base itself wet). Wipe down the control panel and give the power cord a good swipe, too. Be sure that all parts of the Instant Pot are fully dry before reassembling and storing away.