Best Instantpot Cleaning Method

Best Instant Pot Cleaning Method

(Last Updated On: August 25, 2020)

Best Instant Pot Cleaning Method

This is hands down the best instant pot cleaning method you’ll find when your pot has stuck on food, burnt bits, or just needs that routine DEEP CLEAN. One of my favorite things about the instant pot is that you can toss it in the dishwasher when done. It usually makes clean up a breeze. However, the other day I took my instant pot out of the dishwasher, and it still had what looked like small brown burnt bits caked on it. Normally, I wouldn’t care, but I take food photos, so I can’t have my favorite gadget looking all raggedy. What really bothered me though, was that it still had a little bit of a smell to it.

Before best instantpot cleaning method
Not terrible but those stubborn bits weren’t going anywhere. Even after 2 dish washer cycles!

Granted we live in NYC and have a small apartment sized dishwasher so I figured maybe it was just our dishwasher. So I scrubbed the pan and put it in the dishwasher to no avail, so little burnt bits at the bottom. Then I remembered my favorite method for cleaning other dishes and thought hmm maybe this will work in the instant pot too, only better! And to my surprise it was AMAZING! I wish I had real burnt stuff on the bottom so I could show you how awesome this little kitchen hack is.

sparkling clean instantpot
Sparkling Clean. No scrubbing

What You Need

So simple. Baking soda, a little dish soap, a drop of Vinegar, and heat! That’s how I clean regular dishes when I don’t feel scrubbing or scrubbing simply isn’t enough. Doing it in the instant pot turbocharged this method! I try and only using cleaning products that are good for the environment and of course good for us and our fur baby as well. I use Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap, for my go-to trusted and clean brand, that is affordable and cleans like a boss. Baking Soda and Vinegar is one of my favorite go-to’s. It always surprises me something like Vinegar with such a pungent scent, is actually used to make things not smell. But I’m not a scientist. I just do what I know works.

vinegar dish soap baking soda ingredients for best instantpot cleaning method

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Do I Need and Instantpot

Yes, yes, yes! 100% Yes! Granted, if you are reading this, you probably have an instant pot. I can’t imagine reading an article about cleaning something I don’t even own. But hey, some people might be into that, who am I to judge? But maybe you want a newer model, or you want to get one as a gift for a friend. Whatever the reason, if you need an instant pot, this is the one that I have that I love so so much! It’s one of my favorite kitchen appliances. I use it ALL the time. Especially in the summer when I don’t feel like turning my oven on 🙂

Other Uses for Baking Soda

You are going to be surprised there are SO many uses for baking soda that you never about! I know I was. In fact, there are so many uses I am going to break them down into categories. 


  • Add baking soda to your bath! It will make your skin feel silky smooth and may help relieve symptoms of several medical conditions. Medical News Today has the correct ratio of baking soda to water for all kinds of things like UTIs, Yeast infection, hemorrhoids, eczema, psoriasis, poison ivy. 
  • Turn it into a paste, and put over insect bites to stop the itch
baking soda hands in bath water

In the Kitchen

  • Leave a small open container in the fridge to absorb any odors. 
  • Add three tablespoons to a bowl of lukewarm water, to wash your fruits and veggies. This will remove any wax or pesticides that might be on the skin of the vegetables. 
  • Add 1 Cup of Baking Soda to your drain, add 1 cup of vinegar, wait a few minutes and flush with hot water from the sink. This will kill any insects (like fruit flies) that might be in there, flush out excess food, and help remove any odor that might be coming from the drain. 
green beans in collander

Bathroom & Laundry

  • pour a little bit on your toothbrush overnight to keep the bristles clean.
  • Use a little water to make into a paste. Rub on a stain, let sit for an hour or so then launder as usual.
  • If you can’t get a gasoline or oil smell out of your clothes, put in a garbage bag with a cup of baking soda. Leave for a few days, then wash as usual. 

Use This Method For Other Dishes

dirty dish with brown stains
Before picture

Is there anything worse than finishing dinner and having a pan that you know is going to take hours to scrub? We’ve all been there, and it makes you wonder if cooking dinner is even worth it?! Even worse you bake something and you know there is no way you are getting baking dish clean. Sometimes I wonder why we even have a dishwasher if I need to use all my strength scrubbing and scrubbing dishes. Have no fear this method works the same with other dishes. Sprinkle the pan with baking soda a squirt of dish soap and fill with 3/4 of the way with water. Heat the pan on the stove on low to medium heat. Once it reaches a slow boil, let cook for about 10-20 minutes depending on the severity of the caked-on food. When done clean with a soap and sponge, no scrubbing required.

after best instantpot cleaning method clean dish
After no scrubbing

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Best Instantpot Cleaning Method

The best way to do a deep clean of your instanpot in just a few minutes


  • Instantpot


  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • A squirt of dish soap


  • Combine all the ingredients in the instanpot. Make sure the valve is set to "sealing mode" Turn on manual pressure high for 10 minutes. When do dump out water, let cool, and then wash with a sponge and soap. No scrubbing needed.

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    • Thanks for stopping by the blog! First off I love the blog name 🙂 Secondly you are going to LOVE it!! I can’t believe what a great job it did for mine. 2 rounds of dishwasher and I couldn’t get this weird smell outta it. I later found out the vavles can sometimes hold onto a smell. This fixed it right up!

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