Fortunately, keeping the Instant Pot clean is much easier than even many of those new recipes.
On your counter sits a gleaming instrument, a silver and black investment in one of the most important aspects of your home life – cooking for yourself and your family. You want to keep it clean and treat it right, but, you also don’t want to use harsh chemicals on it, either. Fortunately, keeping the Instant Pot clean is much easier than even many of those new recipes.
The Outer Unit
To keep the outside of the electric pressure cooker clean simply wipe it clean with a wet cloth, or paper towel. Then, use a clean microfiber cloth to buff and shine.
For the wet cloth, I like to use a Swedish dishcloth. These eco-friendly cloths are made of highly absorbent cellulose, and one Swedish dishcloth can take the place of 17 rolls of paper towel! They can do all the jobs a sponge can do, and they can also act as a dishcloth. They remind me those handi-wipe type towels that were around in the 1970’s and 80’s. They do not harbor as much bacteria as the common sink sponge does, and they can easily be cleaned by throwing them in the wash machine with other towels and washcloths. They also come in many adorable designs!
What about the rim of the pot, where the lid slides into place? The little crooks and crannies can get quite messy with spilled food, at least in my kitchen! I wet a corner of one of my thin white kitchen towels and drag it around down in the crevices to get up most of the stuff. If any of it is stuck on or dried and won’t easily come off, I have a bottle brush that often does the trick. Once I get all the food out of there, I use a dry corner of the white towel and give everything a final wipe down.
Made of beautiful shiny stainless steel, that inner liner works hard! After cooking many foods like eggs and potatoes and soup and stews, a good wash with dish soap and a cloth or sponge is all the cooking pot will ever need. You can put it right in the dishwasher, too.
The wonder pot cooks food at some pretty high temperature and every now and then there will be some burnt food on the bottom of the liner. I like my Pampered Chef scrubby squares to loosen and remove the worst of the dark spots. Make sure you get all the burned bits off the bottom because not doing so can prevent the pot from coming to pressure correctly on the next cooking cycle.
A quick rinse with good old white vinegar will remove that discoloration…
After washing and drying the inner liner, sometimes you will see a rainbow like shimmer across the bottom. A quick rinse with good old white vinegar will remove that discoloration and restore the liner to a lovely shiny silver.
Keeping the wonder pot clean and in good working order prolongs the life of the appliance and gives you that virtuous feeling when you look over at your Instant Pot with love, shining clean on the counter, waiting for your next delicious meal.