Early last year, I wrote this post about different ways you can use a clothes steamer to clean things around the house. While cleaning with a clothes steamer may sound a bit strange at first, it’s not all that different from using a steam mop when you think about it!
Since writing that post, I’ve used my clothes steamer both to keep my clothes wrinkle-free and as a useful cleaning tool. And I recently discovered yet another thing I can clean with my clothes steamer, and I truly think it’s the best application I’ve found yet!
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The Instant Pot Cleaning Conundrum
For the most part, I have very little trouble cleaning my Instant Pot. But until recently, I hadn’t figured out a good way to clean out the gunk that can gets trapped in the rim of the base unit!
The rim is the track that holds the lid of the Instant Pot in place. Bits of food can get stuck in that track all too easily, but getting them out is a different story entirely!
But I had the bright idea to try using my handy clothes steamer to “steam clean” the gunk out of the rim of my Instant Pot. And to my intense surprise and delight, it worked better than I ever could have imagined!
Here’s a rundown of how this Instant Pot cleaning hack works, so you can try it for yourself at home!
Instant Pot Cleaning Hack – How To Clean Inside The Rim
- Handheld clothes steamer
- Thin cloth or paper towel
- Butter knife
Start by pointing your clothes steamer at the rim of your Instant Pot. Work slowly around the perimeter of the pot, allowing a fair amount of condensation to build up in and around the rim where the lid locks onto the pot.
Next, work your thin cloth or paper towel into the rim and slide it through to wipe up the loosened grime. (This part can be a little tricky, but the butter knife can make it easier to work the towel in and move it around!)
After you’ve removed all the moisture, inspect your handiwork. If there are any lingering bits of food stuck in there, repeat the steps above to remove them.
And that’s all there is to it! :-) This process took me about 5 minutes to do and it worked like a charm. The rim of my Instant Pot is now as clean as the day I took it out of the box, and it couldn’t have been easier to do!
I hope you find this Instant Pot cleaning hack as helpful as I did! And feel free to share your own Instant Pot cleaning hacks with us in a comment below!
Do you have any brilliant cleaning hacks for hard-to-clean items?