Looking to clean up your rice cooker the easy way? Well luckily, the vast majority of modern rice cookers have inner pots which can be removed from the electrical components of the rice cooker and then put into the dishwasher.
However, do check your instruction manual of the rice cooker to make sure that your model is dishwasher safe; your rice cooker may contain aluminium or a non-stick surface that may deteriorate in the high heat of a dishwasher.
If your inner pot can be cleaned in a dishwasher, this is an effective way to ensure the pot is thoroughly sanitised which is hard to do when just washing by hand.
Depending on how much food/dirt is stuck to the inner pot after you have used it, it might be beneficial to pre-soak or pre-wash the pot before putting in the dishwasher for a final clean and sanitise.
You will also still need to clean the outer unit and heating element by hand with a damp cloth and cleaning spray.
Are Rice Cookers Easy To Clean?
Rice cookers can be easy to clean if the machine is looked after, used correctly and is properly cleaned after every use.
The cleaning procedure is very simple however before you start cleaning your rice cooker, you need to make sure it is unplugged and has completely cooled down.
The level of cleaning will depend on how much food is stuck to the bottom of the inner pot or if you accidentally burnt or overcooked your rice.
If there is food stuck to the inner pot, do not use anything metal (ie. knives, metal scourers) to scrap the food off as this will remove the non-stick coating or protective layer off the inside of the pot; this will affect the functionality of your rice cooker.
Once, the cooker has cooled completely, remove the inner pot and fill with hot soapy water. Let it sit for about an hour to soak and allow any stuck dry food to soften.
While the inner pot is soaking, gently clean the outside unit, including the heating element using a damp cloth and either a good surface cleaner spray or a vinegar cleaning spray.
Again do make sure the unit is unplugged while you do this. Once clean, allow the outside unit to fully dry before storing level in an uncluttered cupboard.
With the soaking inner pot, empty the soapy water and gently remove any remaining dirt using a non-abrasive sponge, more soap and hot water. If the food/dirt does not remove easily then remove what you can before giving it another soak with hot soapy water.
Once clean, give the inner pot a final rinse with clean fresh water before drying and storing with the rest of the cooker.
As mentioned before, if you make sure you properly clean your unit after every use you will prolong the use of your cooker and also ensuring the cleaning will remain minimal.