The Instant Pot has quickly become one of the most popular kitchen appliances on the market. But like any other piece of equipment, it needs to be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its performance and longevity. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps for cleaning your Instant Pot, from the removable parts to the inner pot.
How to clean an Instant Pot's exterior
The exterior of your Instant Pot can be easily cleaned with just soapy water and a wipe after each use. However, if you're looking to store your Instant Pot away, it's doubly important to make sure the exterior is clean so you don't have any lingering smells. To make sure your Instant Pot stays looking new, use a microfiber cloth to clean it - this won't mark the sleek stainless steel appearance of your pot.
How to clean Instant Pot inner pots
The Instant Pot is, as its name suggests, an appliance that does the work for you. For households with a dishwasher, cleaning the inner pot is as easy as putting it in it with your other dishes; another way the Instant Pot lives up to its name. For those without a dishwasher, who plan on manually washing their pot, make sure to use a soft pad to rinse clean the stainless steel inner surface. Never use an abrasive scourer for washing your inner pot, as it may mark the steel finish irreversibly.
How to clean an Instant Pot lid and sealing ring
After everyday use, it's fine to place the Instant Pot's lid in the top-rack of your dishwasher or wash it in soapy water by hand. Remember to remove the sealing ring and anti-block shield before washing to ensure the lid gets a thorough clean. The anti-block shield especially can become splatted with food during cooking and needs to be cleaned regularly for your Instant Pot to function properly. The sealing ring is a very crucial element of the Instant Pot as it affects the pressure cooking element of the machine's operation. Take care when washing it—make sure you get all of the soap out so that it's ready for next time.
How to clean Instant Pot attachments
One of the great benefits of owning an Instant Pot is that most of the parts are dishwasher safe. This means less time scrubbing and more time enjoying your delicious creations. The only parts that can't go in the dishwasher are the inner pot, lid and steam rack. The inner pot and lid can be hand washed with warm water and a mild detergent, while the steam rack can be placed in the dishwasher or washed by hand. It's also a good idea to check the condensation collector attached to the machine regularly to make sure it's clean; if it's dirty, you can simply rinse it off with warm water.
An Instant Pot is a great kitchen appliance to have, but it's important to keep it clean so that it continues to operate properly and doesn't harbor bacteria. Thankfully, it's not too difficult to clean an Instant Pot. Just follow these simple steps, and you'll have your Instant Pot clean in no time!
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