Now that you’re getting the hang of cooking with Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, you might start to wonder “How to get rid of the Instant Pot Sealing Ring Odor?” or “How to clean the discolored Instant Pot Liner?” Time for some Instant Pot Cleaning!
So, what have you made so far in your new Instant Pot?
Hard boiled eggs? Ribs? Mac and Cheese? or something crazy adventurous? 😀
After a couple of meals, many Instant Pot users notice the curse of the unavoidable stinky Sealing Ring.
How to get rid of the smell of the last dish? Will it cross-contaminate into the next dish?
What’s scarier is when they peek inside the pot, they see a scattered rainbow – the dreaded discolored Stainless Steel Inner Pot.
Fear not! Some Instant Pot Cleaning will take your troubles away!
Below are 4 Simple Steps to give your precious new kitchen helper a deep cleaning.
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Jacky said he can probably make this looks almost brand new with more elbow grease. 😛
With this combination and elbow grease, you will be able to clean off 99% of stains. 🙂
Step 3: Wash the Lid + Parts
3.1 Wash Instant Pot Lid with Warm Soapy Water
Under normal use, the Instant Pot Lid only requires a quick rinse under tap water after every use.
If it’s splattered with food or liquid, you can wash it with warm soapy water by hand. It’s best not to wash the lid in the dishwasher.
3.2 Periodically Rinse the Instant Pot Parts
*Note: We rarely take out the parts on the lid for cleaning. But if your Instant Pot needs a deep cleaning, here are the steps. 🙂
a. Anti-Block Shield – you can push it on the side to lift it up (as shown in photo below) to check for food residual or liquid. After rinsing and drying, press it down in position to install it back in.
b. Instant Pot Steam Release Valve (Venting Knob) – remove it for washing by pulling it straight out.
c. Condensation Collector – simply slide it out, pour out the liquid (if any), and give it a quick rinse.
Step 4: Clean Instant Pot Sealing Ring
4.1 Wash Instant Pot Sealing Ring
The Instant Pot Sealing Ring is a critical part of the pressure cooker that directly affects the pressure cooking process. So, remember to be gentle and take great care of the ring. 🙂
The Instant Pot Sealing Ring is dishwasher safe.
However, we try our best to minimize the number of times we pull the silicone sealing ring out of the lid to avoid stretching or deforming the sealing ring.
Unless it’s splattered with food or liquid that requires thorough cleaning, we usually gently rinse and dry the sealing ring while it’s seated in the lid (as shown in above photo).
*Caution: Don’t use the Sealing Ring if it has cracks, cuts, or any other damages.
4.2 Instant Pot Sealing Rings Odor
Ah! So this is the question we get asked a lot about Instant Pot Cleaning!
How to get rid of the Instant Pot Sealing Ring Odor?!
Easy Solution:White Vinegar – many users like to soak the silicone sealing ring in white vinegar, then air dry it to get rid of the stinky smell.
Best Solution: Extra Silicone Sealing Rings – we believe the best solution is to have 2 pairs of Sealing Rings – 1 for Savory dishes, 1 for Sweet dishes. Then, you won’t have to worry about the smell cross-contaminating between savory and sweet dishes! 🙂
Instant Pot Cleaning Guide Summary
Dishwasher Safe Parts: Instant Pot Liner (Stainless Steel Inner Pot), Instant Pot Sealing Ring, Trivet (Steamer Rack)
Exterior: Never immerse the exterior housing in water or any other liquid