How To Clean Instant Pots

There is nothing I love more than making a quick dinner in my Instant Pot. They are incredibly handy tools because they allow you to make your meals in one pot for an easy clean up. But eventually, you need to clean that one pot, too. Here are some tips on how to clean instant pots quickly and easily!

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The part of my Instant Pot that always needs the most cleaning is the part that comes into contact with the food I cook: the stainless steel inner pot. Typically, all you’ll have to do to clean this portion of your Instant Pot is pop it in your dishwasher or clean it as you would your other dishes.

However, sometimes stuck-on or burnt food can make cleaning your inner pot a tougher challenge. I always start with soaking my pot in hot soapy water before scrubbing with a rough sponge. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can soak your pot with a dryer sheet, which will help lift up the stuck-on mess. Wash as normal after.

If you notice that your Instant Pot has some bluish marks on the inside of the pot, don’t panic. That is normal! But you can remove those bluish marks easily with white vinegar. Simply cover the bottom of the pot with white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes. Dump out the vinegar and rinse. It’s as simple as that!


The lid of the Instant Pot may seem like it would be difficult to clean, but thankfully it isn’t! The lid can be cleaned in the top rack of your dishwasher. All you have to do is remove the sealing ring and the ant-block shield first.

To remove the sealing ring, simply give it a gentle tug upwards, moving in a circle around the top until the entire silicone ring has been removed. You can wash the ring in the dishwasher or by hand with hot soapy water. Make sure it is correctly replaced before using your Instant Pot again.

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To remove the anti-block shield, use your thumb to push the side of the anti=block shield towards the rim lid, moving upward. It may take a little bit of force, but it will pop out. Wash the shield with soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Make sure it is put back in place correctly, completely dry, before using your Instant Pot again.


Instant Pot bases (the main unit that the cooking pot fits into) should never be put in the dishwasher. They can be cleaned with a damp cloth on the outside or with a toothbrush in the area where the lid fits onto the base. It should always be completely dry before you attempt to use your Instant Pot again.

The inside of the base should be kept as dry as possible at all times, as this is where the heating unit is housed. Too much water in this area can permanently damage the unit.