Can instant pot go in the dishwasher?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “Can instant pot go in the dishwasher?” and a few steps to clean an instant pot.

Can instant pot go in the dishwasher?

Yes, you put your instant pot in the dishwasher. The inner pot of the instant pot can be kept in the lower rack of the dishwasher and cleaned. The lid of the instant pot can be kept in the top rack.

The pressure release knob, float valve part, and anti-block shield can also be cleaned using a dishwasher. These parts of the instant pot though are very small and it is recommended to clean them using your hands.

There is also a plastic cup found on the back of the instant pot. This plastic cup collects all the condensation. You can place it on the top rack of the dishwasher or use a toothbrush to clean it.  Avoid placing the base of the instant pot in the dishwasher or water.

As a result, all the parts of the instant pot can be cleaned in the dishwasher except the base of the pot.

How to clean an instant pot?

There are few things necessary for cleaning the dishwasher which is provided below

  • Hot water containing soap
  • Dishtowel or dry cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Dishwasher
  • White vinegar

Steps required to clean the dishwasher are given below:

  • Unplug the instant pot. If you were using the instant pot before unplugging it, it is better to wait for the pot to cool down. Remove the inner stainless steel pot, lid, and steam rack from the outside area of the cooker.

You can also check whether the cord is working properly and analyze any damages to the instant pot during this step.

  • The base of the pot contains electronic elements so avoid placing this area in water. Clean the instant spot using a dry cloth or dish towel. 

If you wish to clean the inside of the pot, clean it as well but if you are using a wet cloth, dry the insides immediately after cleaning.

  • The recessed area of the pot can be cleaned using a toothbrush. A toothbrush can also be used to remove any stains present on the pot.
  • The inner bowl, as well as the steam rack of the pot, needs to be washed by hands in hot water containing soap. This will help in removing hard stains.
  • If you observe any discoloration in the instant pot, you can use white vinegar to remove it. 

For this purpose, pour a cup of white vinegar into a stainless steel bowl and let it rest for few minutes. Pour this solution into the area containing discoloration and wash it with soapy water.

Avoid using wool cleaners to clean the stainless steel area of the instant pot as this can result in the development of scratches.

  • Moving to the lid of the instant pot, it is essential to remove the silicone sealing ring and anti-block shield before cleaning the lid. The anti-block shield is oval-shaped and present beneath the lid.

The sealing ring can be removed by peeling the ring from the backside of the sealing ring rack.

The shield can be cleaned in warm soapy water and dried with a dry cloth. In the case of the sealing ring, you can place it in the dishwasher. It can also be washed with hands in warm soapy water.

  • Place the instant pot’s lid on the top rack of the dishwasher. The lid should be devoid of the silicone ring and anti-block shield. Avoid keeping the lid for a long time in the dishwasher.
  • Analyze the lid’s steam release valve and float valve to check whether there is any food particles present and whether the steam can move out of it. You can wash them too by the hands if required.
  • Once the entire instant pot is cleaned, dry them using a dry towel or keep them at room temperature for an hour. Reassemble the parts of the instant pot when they get dry.

Other FAQs on instant pot that you might be interested in.

How often should the instant pot be cleaned?

It is important to clean the instant pot after every use. The instant pot can accumulate food particles especially in the steam release valve or float valve which can impede effective cooking. It can also develop odors if not cleaned often.

This would be particularly unhygienic. As a result, it is better to clean the instant pot after every use.


In this brief article, we have answered the question, “Can instant pot go in the dishwasher?” and few steps to clean an instant pot.