How to Effectively Clean a Burnt Instant Pot Liner

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Last Updated on May 19, 2022 by Share My Kitchen

Have you ever experienced a “burn” notice on your Instant Pot and most likely burnt food has stuck to the bottom of your liner? This usually happens when you don’t have enough liquid in the liner to cook the food you want, or if you use the sauté option and the food sticks to the pot.

It is difficult to clean, but this tip will make your life easier. This article will show you how to clean a burnt Instant Pot liner in a simple method.

This tip will help you clean your Instant Pot inner pot if the food is scorched or burned. So you won’t have to soak your pot for hours after cooking to remove the food.

This tip is simple. You won’t need to use a lot of elbow grease to complete this task. You’ll know what to do if you find yourself in such a situation.

How to Remove Burnt Food on an Instant Pot Liner

It is a very easy process. You won’t have to mix the ingredients listed above together prior to putting them in the pot. After you’re done cooking, just add the ingredients to the inner pot.

Things You Need

You will need a few tools, but these are so simple that you will surely have all of them.

  1. Water
  2. Baking soda
  3. Liquid dish soap

Cleaning Steps

1. Starting Point

This is the state of the pot after you have removed all the food. You may proceed to Step 2 after you have finished cooking. It’s also fine to wait for a while.

2. Add the Cleaning Products

Just add these quantities directly into the inner pot. You don’t need to combine them first.

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap

3. Pressure Cook for 3 Minutes

First, secure the lid and set it to pressure cook for 3 minutes. After the countdown is up, let it naturally release. Then, open the pot and put the lid aside. You can now scrape off any food stuck to the bottom of your pot using a rubber spatula.

It seems impossible, but the food that has been stuck will come right off. It might be necessary to gently scrape the food off if it is really hardened, but you won’t need to soak it.

4. Do One Last Clean

After you have poured out all the dirty water, use a sponge and soap to clean the inside of the pot. Then, dry it out. You can see the difference in how polished and clean it looks! See, it doesn’t take much elbow grease.

How to Polish the Inner Pot

Another thing that you can do once in a while for your Instant Pot is to get rid of any water spots and stains that may have remained on it over time. This will make the Instant Pot look brand new.

This extra cleaning is done about once per month. It removes any stains, and it makes the pot look new again. Plus, it only takes a few minutes and is well worth the effort.

You’ll need some Barkeeper’s Friend. This cleanser is something you may keep in your cabinet for this purpose. It can also be used to clean stainless steel appliances and fixtures.

How to Remove Smells From a Previously Burnt Instant Pot Liner

Sometimes, after you have cooked something aromatic, or burned something in the inner pot, you will also want to remove any food smells from the Instant Pot.

This happens usually when you cook food like chili, carnitas, or pork shoulder. These recipes smell very aromatic, and it stays in the pot for many weeks, embedded in the seal and lid.

After you have cleaned the pot thoroughly, add the following items to the inner pot to remove the odors:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 wedges of fresh lime

Secure the lid and set the steamer on for 3 minutes. Then, let the pressure release naturally. Next, take the pot out and rinse it.

Before you put the lid and inner pot back in the Instant Pot, dry them thoroughly. This will completely eliminate the smell from both the lid and the pot. It works a little magic.


This trick will make it easy to avoid having food problems when you use your Instant Pot often. You can get your Instant Pot back to perfect cleanliness in 10 minutes, without having to exert extra effort.

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