The short answer is no, not every part of the Instant Pot can go into the dishwasher. You have to disassemble it to a degree. Then you can put the dishwasher-safe pieces into the dishwasher. The rest needs to be cleaned by hand, not all of which can be cleaned in the sink.
Which parts of an Instant Pot can go in the dishwasher?
Can instant pot go in the dishwasher? Not all of it, but the inner stainless steel cooking pot can. It can also be cleaned with white vinegar, though that isn’t good enough for caked-on food residue.
You can put the steam rack, the lid, and the sealing ring in the dishwasher. The pot and rack may not necessarily need to be hand scrubbed to get them clean, though you can wash them in the sink. I would recommend putting the lid on the top rack of the dishwasher.
What parts of the Instant Pot should never go in the dishwasher?
The cooker base and heating element can never go into the dishwasher. Furthermore, they should never be washed in the sink.
Submerging them or simply getting them very wet can ruin them. The same is true of the power cord. Never get it wet. Remove the sealing ring (the rubber gasket) and the steam release valve after every use.
The ring can be washed in the dishwasher, but the steam release valve should not go in the dishwasher. Instead, wash the steam release valve, also known as the anti-block shield, in soapy water.
This valve often traps food particles, and that is a common cause of nasty odors from an otherwise clean Instant Pot. You can simplify the cleaning process by washing the sealing ring and steam release valve in the same soapy water
. Rinse away all soap residue, then let the pieces dry. Ensure that it is completely dry before you reassemble it. That prevents mold from growing inside of the Instant Pot seal and pressure relief valve.
Note that this is a common cause of mold and mildew smells around pressure cookers. A side benefit of thoroughly cleaning the steam release valve and the float valve is that it will ensure that your Instant Pot comes to pressure. (If food or other debris is blocking them, your pot won’t be able to get to full pressure.)
How can you clean the cooker base of an Instant Pot?
First and foremost, let it cool down before you try to clean it. Then you can use a damp cloth or wet paper towel to wipe down the outside of the Instant Pot.
You can use these same items to clean the inside lip of the base. Sometimes this ends up with caked-on food residue. You can scrub it with a toothbrush or soft-bristled brush.
A hard brush will damage the lip and allow hot, moist air to escape the next time you use the Instant Pot. This means absolutely no steel wool. You can use cleaning wipes to wipe down the control pad, as long as you’re not going to get water or bleach residue inside the control panel.
What can I do to eliminate water stains on the bottom of the Instant pot?
These are typically hard water stains, and you’ll see them after using the Instant Pot a few times. They can cause a blue-tinted rainbow on the bottom of the pot.
However, you could get the same hard water stains if you cook with a lot of salt, too. These water stains can be removed with gentle scrubbing with a sponge and a non-abrasive cleaner.
Think white vinegar cleaning solutions but without the complementary baking soda. Or you could just use lemon juice. Do not scrub the pot with a harsh cleanser or hard scrub brush unless you want to risk gouging the surface.
If that happens, you’ll get scratches from which it is almost impossible to remove food residue. Instead, pour enough white vinegar into the inner pot to cover the stains.
Let the vinegar sit for at least five minutes. Pour it out. Then rinse the pot with enough water to remove all traces of the vinegar. Don’t forget to let the inner pot air out before you store it, though you could cook with it as soon as the vinegar residue is gone.