Keeping your Instant Pot in perfect working order is extremely important to avoid the Burn error and this Instant Pot Deep Clean (with video) will make it so easy.
Make sure you read the questions and answers below too as they cover a lot of information for the maintenance of your Instant Pot.
Being aware of this will also help you reduce the risk of the Burn error (or OUHT) or of your Instant Pot not reaching pressure.
In fact, I give you lots of information that will help with that.
I filmed this video last year (I mention the little Tapita being 8, let's just say she's not 8 anymore...) and it's time to put it out there to make sure as many of you as possible know how to give your Instant Pot a good deep clean.
The video features the Instant Pot Duo.
But it will be very similar for any of the other models as the mechanics will be the same so the maintenance is the same too.
However, if you get stuck, just give me a shout in the comments or over on my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas group.
Why is an Instant Pot Deep Clean important?
Because it will keep your Instant Pot in perfect working order which means you can keep cooking and enjoying putting your feet up, or whatever it is that you do while your Instant Pot cooks for you.
In fact, what do you do while your Instant Pot cooks for you?
How often should I do an Instant Pot Deep Clean?
This will depend on how much you use your Instant Pot. Taking the sealing ring out should be regular but it doesn't have to be every time.
If you follow the filling rules, your Instant Pot lid should only get condensation most of the time. Except when you cook giant cous cous like I did here, clearly 🤣
But, basically, if you don't cook tons of ingredients that foam up such as porridge and pulses, this is the maintenance you should be doing:
- Daily: press down on the sealing following its circumference several times as you press before you pressure cook. Every time.
- Weekly: clear the rim of the cooker of debris.
- Monthly: check the float valve doesn't feel sticky or dirty and wash it if it does. Remove the steam release handle and give it a wash.
Can the lid go in the dishwasher?
Yes it can, best in the top drawer. More information here.
What are the Instant Pot filling rules?
Fill up to two thirds for pressure cooking except for ingredients that expand or foam up such as pasta, rice, grains, pulses... for which you can only fill up to half way.
What the video covers
In this video I guide you through all the steps I follow regularly to keep my Instant Pots (I have a few) in tip top condition:
How to clean the lid
- How to remove the sealing ring
- How to remove the float valve
- How to remove the steam release handle
- How to put the lid together again
- How to put it all back together
How to clean the rim of the cooker base
Including a couple of my favourite tools for it.
Why it's important to give your Instant Pot a deep clean
Additionally, I go through some of the pressure cooking basics to explain why all these steps are super important.
What the video doesn't cover
One thing I've missed and have added separately is the white vinegar clean so I've added the video for that right below it. Watch both.
What is the white vinegar clean?
Basically, as the Give your Instant Pot some Love guide explains, pouring some white wine vinegar into your inner pot and letting it soak for a few hours or overnight to bring the shine back.
The white vinegar clean can also remove any invisible layers of residue that may trick the sensors into thinking your Instant Pot is overheating.
Hold on! I found the White Vinegar Clean video! It's below the Deep Clean video! (I'm adding it the day after publishing this post)
This is the white vinegar I use:
Where can you find the Golden Rules and the Give your Instant Pot some Love documents I talk about in the video?
Right here, they are part of the Beginners' Guide I wrote for Instant Pot UK.
Instant Pot Deep Clean Video
This video includes:
- How to clean the rim of the cooker
- How to clean the float valve
- How to clean the steam release