How to Deep Clean Your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker in Minutes


Unless you lived under a rock the past several months, you likely heard about the latest Instant Pot craze. An all-in-one, “magic” kitchen appliance, the Instant Pot is able to do the work of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, browning pan, and warming pot. Although this may seem too good to be true, an endless list of 5-star, raving reviews across the Internet prove the Instant Pot’s capabilities to be true.


Although Instant Pots are easy to use and involve little maintenance, it is crucial they are cleaned properly after each use to maintain the appliance’s sealing power. Whether you’ve owned an Instant Pot for years, purchased one recently, or are still considering the purchase – we can walk you through the entire cleaning process to keep your appliance working as beautifully as it did out of the box.

Gather the necessary cleaning supplies

  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Cotton cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Dishwasher (optional)

Additionally, make sure to unplug the appliance and remove the contents of your latest Instant Pot meal from the cooker itself. Leftover food residue is fine, but there’s no sense diving into deep cleaning if a whole Instant Pot meal is sitting hot in the cooker!

Separate interior pot and lid from housing unit

Taking all the pieces apart ensures that each piece gets the full cleaning it deserves.

Clean outside of pot and lid

Using the cotton cloth, warm water, and dish soap, remove food and stains from the pot’s exterior. Use the scrub brush for tougher stains or dried food residue. Keep in mind that this is an electric appliance – never immerse it fully in water. A warm, wet, soapy cloth and brush will safely do the trick!

Remove and clean sealing ring

Cleaning the sealing ring is the secret to a long-lasting, fully efficient Instant Pot. The same silicone ring that allows the super tight seal on your cooker also holds leftover odors and residue. Once the sealing ring is removed, soak it in vinegar for 30 minutes to remove any lingering odors. You can then clean and rinse the ring with soapy, warm water before placing it back on the cooker.

*A dishwasher may be used in place of vinegar and hand-washing

Wash inner pot

Use a warm, soapy cloth to clean the inside of the Instant Pot and steam rack.

*A dishwasher may be used in place of hand-washing

Renew finish on inner pot


After scrubbing the inside of the Instant Pot or putting it through the dishwasher, soak or wipe the inside of the pot with vinegar to remove soapy discharge or coloring.

Put it back together

This step is equally as important as cleaning your Instant Pot! To ensure the proper seal and functionality when cooking with your Instant Pot again, make sure the sealing ring is securely and properly reattached to the appliance.

Get back to cooking

Once your Instant Pot has been accurately unassembled, cleaned, and reassembled – you are ready to make your next yummy meal!

Instant Pots are definitely the magical, multi-use kitchen appliances they claim to be, and there are millions of amazing reviews to prove it! No matter how it fits your lifestyle – from warming food to cooking rice to slow cooking – use our Instant Pot cleaning tutorial to keep your appliance cooking and sealing like a charm.