Learning how to clean an Instant Pot doesn't seem so tough at first. After all, there are only a few parts of the beloved multicooker that really need a rigorous scrub after using, and it's pretty easy to spot which sections are dirty — until you take a good look at the nooks and crannies, that is. Yes, that's right, we're talking about those spots just beneath the lid, where the metallic structures latch onto the lid to keep it nice and secure. As helpful as this part of the Instant Pot is while food is actually cooking, it's always a total pain to clean up afterward.
Jeffrey Eisner, the genius blogger behind Pressure Luck, knows this issue with the Instant Pot very well. That's why he was kind enough to share his clever trick for scrubbing this hard-to-reach spot on YouTube with his fans and followers. Eisner's secret weapon is a foam paintbrush — the simple, inexpensive kind that you can buy at just about any hardware store or paint shop for less than a dollar. You can also get them in bulk for cheap by purchasing a 25-Piece Foam Brush Set ($7.90, Amazon).
Here's how the magic works: Whenever you spot food, oil, or grease residue in these nooks and crannies, you just whip out two of these brushes and pick one to use as a washer and the other as a dryer. Dampen the washing brush with soap and water and then move it right under the lid in a circular motion a few times. Then, take your drying brush and repeat the motion until it's dry. As Eisner says, "If your Instant Pot had teeth, this is how you'd brush them!" Watch him demonstrate the best way to do this in the video below:
Easy-peasy, right? According to Eisner, it's the angles of the brushes that really make them ideal for getting into all the crevices and grooves. An added bonus: As if these foam paint brushes' handiness, user-friendliness, and cheap price weren't appealing enough, they're also quite reusable. All you have to do is wash them both after you're done, leave them out to dry, and then put them away for the next time your Instant Pot gets dirty, which — if you're anything like us — is every other night.
File this under: We wish we'd thought of it!