Stainless steel inner Pot & Steam Rack
The inner pot and the steam rack are both made of food-grade stainless steel (304 – 18/8) and are entirely dishwasher safe. For the most part, you can keep the pot cleaned just as you would clean any stainless steel pot—by hand washing or placing in the dishwasher.
Should the pot develop harmless water stains, non-abrasive scouring cleanser, made especially for cooking pots, should bring back the original shine.
You can also periodically clean the inner pot by placing 1 cup of white vinegar in the bottom of the pot. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes, and then pour out the vinegar and rinse.
The lid is top-rack dishwasher safe. It is best to remove the sealing ring and the anti-block shield so that the inner portion of the lid can be well-cleaned. One way to prevent the lid from retaining odors, is to place it upside down on the pot until it has completely dried or even until you are ready to use it again. Check the steam release valve and the float valve, and make sure there is no food or other debris that would block them, and prevent your cooker from coming to pressure.
The anti-block shield underneath the lid should be removed and cleaned after each use, especially following the preparation of foods that may splatter.
To remove, using your thumb, push the side of the anti-block shield towards the lid rim and lift up. It may take a little effort, but the anti-block shield should pop out.
You can now wash the shield with warm, soapy water. Rinse, wipe dry with a soft cloth, and place back in position when dry. To put back in, position the anti-block shield in place and push down.
The sealing ring is made of high-quality, heat-resistant silicone. It can be hand-washed in soapy water or placed into the dishwasher. Allow the ring to dry completely before inserting back into the lid. Ensure that the sealing ring is put back into the lid after every wash, and that it is securely in place before you start cooking.
This sealing ring is critical in the functioning of your cooker. Inspect it carefully after it is washed. If you see any signs of cracking or other damage, replace the ring. If it is necessary to replace it, replace with Genuine Instant Pot sealing rings only; using other brands may void your Instant Pot Warranty.
As silicone may pick-up food odors during cooking you may wish to have one sealing ring for savory and another for sweet foods.
This cup can be removed periodically and hand washed. Allow it to dry before replacing.
All parts of the Instant Pot, except the exterior cooker are dishwasher safe. This includes the stainless steel inner pot, the lid, the sealing rings, and the steam rack. The exterior cooker must be kept dry, and can be wiped down with a damp cloth when necessary. The anti-block shield should be washed after each use and replaced.