So, you have an Instant Pot and want to find out whether or not you can wash it in a dishwasher? I’ve often been asked the question “are instant pot lids dishwasher safe” on this blog and in this article I want to address that.
The Instant Pot is made up of different parts and the lid, in particular, has many little components and many people wonder whether or not it is safe to wash it in a dishwasher.
In Short, the Instant Pot is dishwasher friendly and the lid can safely be cleaned in a dishwasher. The parts of and instant Pot that can be washed are the inner pot and lid. The outer unit which includes the heating element can be wiped clean but care should be taken not to put water inside it as this can damage the unit.
How to Clean Instant Pot Lids
To clean the lid effectively, you need to dismantle the parts and clean them individually if doing it by hand. If you are using a dishwasher, you need to put the individual small parts in a safety bag then load them into the dishwasher.
The first thing you need to do is remove the float valve. To do this, you need to look on the bottom side of the lid and you will see a silicon cap. Remove this cap by pulling it out then pushing the float valve through to the other side.
Next up, remove the sealing ring by pealing it away from behind the sealing ring rack. Just a quick note here, it is good to practice to change your sealing ring every 12-18 months and also use different rings for sweet and savory dishes.
Once the sealing ring is removed, you can now remove the anti-block shield. This is the last small component that needs to be removed.
Once everything is separated, place the small parts into a dishwasher safe bag and the larger parts, including the lid, into the dishwasher.
Once they are cleaned, make sure that they are dry then put the small parts back onto the lid.
It’ one thing taking the lid apart and quite another, putting it back together so here’s a step by step on how to put everything back together so it works properly and there are no leaks that could cause potential problems.
To put back the float valve, insert it into the lid opening ensuring that the smaller hole is facing upwards. Once this is done, flip the lid over and insert the silicon cap.
The Final Step:
Next, take the clean and dry sealing ring and place it over the sealing ring rack. Gently press it into place using your fingers.
It should be nicely centered behind the sealing rack and still move freely. Utmost care should be taken when removing and inserting the sealing ring s as to make sure that no damage is done to it which may lead to leaks.
Finally, you need to install the anti-block shield. To do this properly, place it over the prongs and press it down until it clicks into place.
People often think that washing your instant pot in a dishwasher can cause the pot to malfunction and explode.
I hope this article helped answer the question of whether or not instant pots and lids are dishwasher safe, feel free to comment down below other ways to clean an instant pot.