Are you an Instant Pot fan who loves the convenience of the dishwasher? Have you ever wondered if the lid is safe to put in your dishwasher so you can remove the food residue and give it a good, deep cleaning?
If so, this blog post is for you! We’ll give you a full breakdown of what parts of your Instant Pot are and aren’t safe to put in your dishwasher.
You can easily clean your Instant Pot pressure cooker and all its small parts with ease. If it’s as much of a workhorse at your house as it is in mine, it gets dirty a lot!
It’s important to keep it clean and sometimes give it an extra deep clean. Your dishwasher can help!
Is the Instant Pot Lid Safe to Put in the Dishwasher?
The lid, we well as the inner stainless steel pot, sealing ring, and steam rack, are all safe to be placed in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Just be sure to remove the sealing ring and anti-block shield that covers the steam release valve for a thorough clean, where none of the nooks or crannies are blocked by the ring.
I do this at least once a month. You can wash the lid as is, without removing the sealing ring, in a pinch or where it’s not that dirty.
It is recommended that you hand-wash the sealing ring with soapy warm water and allow it to dry completely before inserting it back into the lid to extend its life. But it can be put in the dishwasher – especially if it needs to be sanitized.
Should I Put My Instant Pot Lid In The Dishwasher? Can the Instant Pot sealing ring go in the dishwasher?
That’s a different question altogether, isn’t it? I will say that I put mine in, and I’ve had no issues in the past with it. Doing it too often can stretch the sealing ring out, especially if you are washing on high heat or on the lower rack.
How Do I Clean My Instant Pot Lid?
Maintaining an Instant Pot lid is easy and safe. The lid is heat-resistant and can be placed on either rack of the dishwasher. For a quick clean, simply rinse the lid under tap water after every use.
If the lid is splattered with food or grease, you can use a damp cloth to wipe it down.
Can you submerge the Instant Pot lid?
You can submerge it in a sink of soapy water or in the dishwasher. The only part you can not submerge on the Instant Pot is the base which contains the electrical parts.
How to Properly Place the Lid in a Dishwasher
The heavy-duty lid can be safely washed in the top rack of the dishwasher, while other parts, such as the sealing ring and vent cover, are best hand-washed.
Can You Put Other Parts of The Instant Pot In The Dishwasher?
The great news is that most parts of the Instant Pot are dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep your pot in top condition! The cooker base contains the electrical components and heating element, so that part should not be placed in the dishwasher, but the stainless steel inner pot, lid, sealing ring, steam rack, and float valve part can all go in the dishwasher.
This makes it easy to keep your Instant Pot clean and hygienic without having to put too much effort in. You can also put the stainless steel insert in the dishwasher.
I usually do a quick scrub around the inside first to loosen any of the leftover food. Sometimes there will still be white deposits on the bottom from high-protein foods like beans. You can soak in vinegar and water solution to remove that.
How Should I Store My Lid to Keep It Odor-free?
I think washing the silicone ring and lid in the dishwasher can help maintain an odor-free sealing ring. But if it already has food odors from cooking savory dishes with strong spices, The Kitchn recommends adding two cups of white vinegar and using the steam setting.
I always store my lid upside down on top of the Instant Pot base when not in use. This helps any smells escape and in general airs everything out in between uses.
A thorough cleaning maintains your appliance’s performance and prevents any build-up of food or bacteria. Following these steps, you can ensure that your Instant Pot is properly cleaned and ready for use. Just wipe the base with a damp soft cloth, and you are good to go!
How To Make Sure Your Instant pot has Been Cleaned Properly
To ensure that your Instant Pot has been cleaned properly in a dishwasher, you should follow these steps: Remove the inner pot, sealing ring, and other detachable parts from the Instant Pot and place them in the dishwasher.
Use a mild detergent and a dishwasher-safe setting to wash the parts. Avoid using steel wool or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage and scratch the surface of the pot. Run the dishwasher on a full cycle to ensure that all parts are thoroughly cleaned.
After the dishwasher cycle is complete, remove the parts and inspect them for any food debris or residue. If necessary, use a soft sponge and warm soapy water to gently scrub away any remaining food particles. Rinse the parts thoroughly with hot soapy water to remove any soap residue, then allow them to air dry or dry them with a clean towel.
Don’t forget to empty the condensation collector just below the lid. It may usually be dry, but if overlooked can grow mold and create odors. Another overlooked spot is the lip of the base. While you can’t clean it in the sink, you can use a wet soft toothbrush to remove any dried-on gunk. Then run over the moistened rim with a dry cloth.
Get rid of any tough stains with bar keepers friend on the inner cooking pot, or try a magic eraser or a microfiber cleaning cloth on the exterior of the Instant Pot.
You can clean the inside of the cooker base with a damp cloth, but make sure to dry thoroughly with a paper towel.
Once the parts are dry, reassemble the Instant Pot and give it a visual inspection to ensure that it is clean and ready for use.