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How to Clean Your Smelly Instant Pot Rings!

It’s inevitable. You love to use your Instant Pot or similar Pressure Cooker and the Sealing Ring takes on odors that you prefer would not be there. It’s the nature of the beast. If you are used to cooking a variety of foods including spicy ribs, creamy cheesecakes or fresh salmon then the sealing ring is apt to gather the smells of our most recent creation. Worse yet, it may even transfer odors to the next amazing creation we whip up.
Here is some advice from Instant Pot owners to prevent or eliminate the odor:
  1. Store their Instant Pot lid upside down to allow it to air out between uses.
  2. Remove the sealing ring and freeze the ring after rinsing.
  3. To clean the sealing ring AND the IP liner at the same time, use 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of hot water, steam in the Instant Pot for 3 minutes then dump water out (makes a great garbage disposal cleaner). Then, sprinkle the pot with baking soda and use a wet sponge.
  4. Hang their Instant Pot sealing ring in the sunshine for a couple hours until the odor has been removed.
  5. Remove the ring and place it in about 3 inches of hot soapy water in the kitchen sink. Let the sealing ring sit for an hour or so. Run it through some hot water and through a soapy sponge or cloth.
One common theme was to try to prevent the odor from permeating the sealing ring in the first place. Getting a set of 3 different colored rings (red, white and blue) was by far, the most mentioned way to go. Designate the red ring for spicy foods, the blue ring one for sweets and the white ring for everything else. Even if you can not get the odor out of the spicy ring, it won’t transfer to your sweet ring.
KOYSAS has a set of replacement sealing rings for the 6 Quart Instant Pot that works nicely. 👍 You can find them by clicking here!
Silicone Sealing Rings for 6 Quart Instant Pot - Pack of 3 Colored Rings - Blue, Red and ClearSilicone Sealing Rings for 6 Quart Instant Pot - Pack of 3 Colored Rings - Blue, Red and Clear