Properly Cleaning Your Rice Cooker: A Guide

Properly Cleaning Your Rice Cooker

Rice cookers are very useful appliances in that they simplify the process of cooking rice. Instead of worrying about which pot you are going to use and how much water you need, you can instead rely on a rice cooker. While rice cookers may be convenient, there is one aspect in which they can get somewhat annoying.

Cleaning Rice Cooker

The one aspect in which a rice cooker can be somewhat of a nuisance is when it needs to be cleaned. Anyone who has cooked rice before knows about its annoying tendency to stick to anything and everything that is used to cook it. Unfortunately, this does include rice cookers, so we have decided to go ahead and publish this guide.

Today we will be looking at various methods you can use to clean your rice cooker, including the interior and exterior. The cleaning process changes depending on what rice cooker parts you want to clean so we will be splitting this article into sections addressing each of these components and the way to clean them.

How To Clean The Inside Of A Rice Cooker?

We will first address the task of cleaning the interior of your rice cooker. The first thing you must do is ensure that you don’t have any grains of rice left lining the interior. If rice grains dry inside of your rice cooker, they may be harder to remove. It is recommended that you gently try to remove them with a wooden spoon before you start the cleaning process.

Rice Cooker Cleaning

Once you have removed any remaining grains of rice from the interior of your rice cooker, you can go ahead and start the cleaning process. Cleaning the rice cooker is rather simple, all you need is warm, soapy water and a dishcloth or a sponge to scrub the interior of any residue which may be stuck on the inside.

How To Clean The Outside Of A Rice Cooker?

Cleaning the outside of a rice cooker is rather similar to cleaning the interior, but it requires less finesse, as exterior scratches are not as serious as interior scratches. Scratches along the interior of your rice cooker can diminish the cooking experience whereas exterior scratches only diminish the aesthetic value.

All you need to do is cover the exterior of your rice cooker with warm water and then go over it with a soapy sponge, as you would clean any other kitchen appliance.

Rice Cooker Dishwasher Safe?

If you are wondering about whether or not your rice cooker is dishwasher safe, you should check the owner’s manual. There is usually a section describing cleaning methods and whether or not you can use a dishwasher to clean your appliance.

Does my ricecooker bowl go in the dishwasher


Cleaning a rice cooker is typically as simple as cleaning any other kitchen appliance. The only thing you have to account for is any remaining dried out grains of rice sticking to the rice cooker. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them down in the comments.

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