You Have to See This Unbelievably Effective Way to Clean Your Instant Pot in 3 Minutes (Thanks, TikTok!)

published Jan 26, 2023
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Is the sealing ring on your Instant Pot yellow and faintly smelling of the sauce you made three weeks ago? Before you add a new ring to your Amazon cart, check out this game-changing way to clean your Instant Pot we learned from TikTok (from @instantpotoffical).

With only three ingredients that you probably have at home (vinegar, water, and lemon), your Instant Pot can look and smell almost new, without the use of anything artificial or hard to find. 

We also love that with this method, you won’t have to worry about losing those tiny valves and pins down the garbage disposal! 

And even if you’re the type of person who religiously runs the pot and lid through the dishwasher after each use, this method is still recommended as a deep clean after every eight to 10 uses. It’s an easy way to take care of a machine that makes perfect hard-boiled eggs for you, every single time. 

No white vinegar in the house? This method works just as well with apple cider vinegar. And TikTok tells us you can also try this trick with baking powder, dish soap, vinegar, and water, if you don’t want to use your fresh lemons. Basically, don’t overthink it. 

Obsessed with the cleaning brush in the video? So are we. Get yours here. (But remember a fork and paper towel work just fine.) And while this trick is great for a refresh, if you’ve got burnt-on food on the liner, you’re probably going to want to try this method first. Don’t worry; it’s easy, too. 

If you’re feeling irritated about babying an appliance that was supposed to make your life easier, just remember that it’s doing the work of a rice cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, stockpot, and pressure cooker. And you only have to clean one appliance. 

Once your Instant Pot is fresh and ready to go, maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new, like this quick and easy dinner, foolproof queso dip, or even a loaf of fresh bread.  

And there will be zero chance that they will carry the lingering scent of last night’s dinner.