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Does your Instant Pot lid and sealing ring stink? Instant Pot lid and sealing ring food odors is one of the top issues I find newbie and veteran Instant Pot users alike have. It doesn’t have to be that way! Let me show you how to PREVENT Instant Pot lid and sealing ring food odors! This same method of prevention will also fix any current lid and sealing ring odors you may have!
How To Prevent Instant Pot Lid and Sealing Ring Food Odors
It is so easy! Nothing complicated at all.
When I found out that I could put my Instant Pot lid in the dishwasher, the game changed.
Statement from the Instant Pot website: “The lid is top-rack dishwasher safe. It is best to remove the sealing ring and the anti-block shield so that the lid may be thoroughly 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 you are ready to use it.”
We all know how well the dishwasher cleans dishes!
If you feel like your silicone sealing ring is beyond repair you can always purchase a replacement. However, I would definitely try a vinegar baking soda soak before buying a new one. I hear this works wonders!
Making sure that both the lid and sealing ring are cleaned well is key to food odor prevention. Click To Tweet
The first step to prevent Instant Pot lid and sealing ring food odors…
is to wash the lid in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Don’t forget to remove the sealing ring, the anti-block shield, and the pressure valve.
You can place the sealing ring right under the lid in the top rack of your dishwasher.
The anti-block shield and the pressure valve can be put in the silverware basket to wash.
Next, and most importantly, is how you store your Instant Pot lid and sealing ring.
In my opinion, proper storage is the one thing that will prevent the Instant Pot lid and sealing ring food odors. Instantpot.com thinks so too. 🙂
Instantpot.com care and cleaning instructions say to store the lid upside down!
My Instant Pot lid is clean I promise those are just water spots from the dishwasher.
The idea of storing the lid upside down is to allow the silicone sealing ring to air out.
Kind of like airing your dirty laundry.
If your lid and sealing ring still has some food odor after being run through your dishwasher, storing it upside down with the sealing ring resting on top; will completely get rid of the smell.
It just needs a little time to air out.I have never had any lid and sealing ring food odor issues by using this cleaning and storage method. Click To Tweet
Did you happen to notice what I have my Instant Pot sitting on?
A lazy susan.
Using a lazy Susan under my Instant Pot makes it easier to use. I can pull it out from under my cabinets and turn it in any direction before releasing pressure. That way the steam doesn’t damage my cabinets.
I hope this helps you with that annoying Instant Pot lid food odor problem!
Have a wonderful day.
Leigh Ann ♥