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How to Properly Clean Your Instant Pot

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you all had a most excellent week, and are nice and prepped for the weekend. We certainly are!

This week has been a busy one for us, that’s for sure. We’ve been cleaning up a storm since that’s what we do, and one thing we’ve noticed lately is something that’s in a lot of people’s homes.

No, it’s not dirt…though we have noticed that as well.

It’s the thing that’s all the rage right now: the Instant Pot.

What is an Instant Pot? Their website says that it’s a smart-use, programmable pressure cooker designed by Canadians (yay!), with the objective of being convenient, dependable, and safe.

Here, watch this video for more information…

There’s no doubt that millions of people are already enjoying the Instant Pot, but our question is…do you know how to clean one?

Well, if not, that’s why we’re here today. To give you the 411 on how to clean your Instant Pot.

1. Unplug It

The first step is cleaning your Instant Pot is to always, always, unplug it. Even if you’re just doing a simple wipe down of the outside, you don’t want to take any chances of getting electrocuted, right?

2. Clean the Inside and Outside of the Housing Unit

Using a clean, damp rag, wipe down both the inside and outside of the main cooker part of your Instant Pot. This is also called the housing unit.

3. Bottom’s Up

Turing the Instant Pot upside down, use a small bristled brush to clean any dried food residue that you see. Get into all those tight spots, making sure all that food is gone.

4. Wash the Lid

Using warm, soapy water, hand wash the lid of your Instant Pot, making sure to rinse it clean after you’re done. You can set it aside to air dry, but we lie to dry ours with a clean towel right away.

5. The Little Bits

The Instant Pot has a lot of smaller parts to it, so it’s important that you clean each and every one of them.

First, take off the quick release valve by either pulling straight up on it. Wash it with warm, soapy water, dry, and put it back.

Next, remove the shield that covers the steam valve just inside the lid. Depending on your model of Instant Pot, it will either screw off, or pop off. Wash it in warm, soapy water, rinse, dry, and replace it.

Lastly, remove the condensation cup attached to the side of the Instant Pot. Wash it like all the other parts in warm, soapy water, rinse it, dry it, and put it back.

6. The Sealing Ring

Remove the silicone ring on the underside of the lid. You can either wash it in the top rack of your dishwasher (if you have one), or wash it by hand in warm, soapy water. When it’s rinsed and dried, replace it, making sure it fits snug against the lid.

Sometimes the silicone ring can take on some food odors that can get a little pungent after a while, so to deodorize it, just place 1 cup of water in the inner pot of your Instant Pot, along with 1 cup of white vinegar and a few lemon peels. Run your Instant Pot on STEAM for a couple of minutes, and when it unlocks, remove the lid and let it air dry.

7. Everything Else

Finally, wash the inner pot, the steam rack, and whatever accessories you use with your Instant Pot. Both the inner pot and steam rack are dishwasher safe, but we like doing things the old fashioned way, using warm, soapy water to wash them, followed by a good rinse, and dry.

That’s all there is to it. It sounds like a lot, but those who are familiar with the Instant Pot know that it’s really not.

By keeping things clean on a regular basis, you’ll prevent the build up of mold and mildew, and can cook with confidence each time you use your Instant Pot, knowing it’s as fresh as the day you took it out of the box!

That’s all for this week, Moppers. We’ll chat with you again soon, and until then stay safe…and stay clean!

6 Cleaning Hacks to Simplify Your Life

Happy Friday, all you amazing Moppers. The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and after this wonky week all we can say is hooray! From crabby weather, to the post-Easter grind, it’s definitely been an interesting few days, and we’ll be glad to take a load off for a few hours this weekend.

The one good thing that came out of this past week was, of course, cleaning. We got to make people’s home shine, and that puts a big smile on our faces. You know what else puts a smile on our faces?

Cleaning hacks!

We’ve talked about cleaning hacks and life hacks here on the blog before, and this week we thought we’d have some fun and do it again, because there are so many out there you can do to help make your life easier.

So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are a few cleaning hacks you can start doing right now to cut back on your time spent doing chores.

The Microwave

Looking for an easy way to clean crusty bits off the inside of your microwave? Simply place four lemon wedges in a glass bowl filled with water, and microwave that on high until the water boils and steams for a minute or two. When you’re done, carefully take the glass bowl out using an oven mitt, and wipe down the microwave with a clean, damp cloth. Voila! All clean.

The Sink

Here’s an easy way to clean your sink right after you’ve cleaned the microwave. Take those lemon wedges that were in the boiled water, and squeeze all the juice from them into your sink. Sprinkle some baking soda over the juice, pour in a spoonful of white vinegar, and wipe everything down. When you’re done, rinse your sink and marvel at its luxurious shine.

Vacuuming

It can be a drag vacuuming the entire house each week, right? Here’s a hot tip for you: place your vacuum cleaner in a different room each night, and when you wake up in the morning give the room a vacuum while you’re having your morning coffee. It takes virtually no time at all, and it will actually save you time later on in the week.

Alternately, you can have the person that spends the most time in those rooms vacuum it for you.

The Coffee Pot

You’ve probably heard this one before, but it bears repeating. To clean your coffee pot, all you have to do is pour some white vinegar into the water reservoir, run it through once unfiltered, followed by a pot of water run through it also unfiltered to get rid of the vinegar remains. Presto! A clean coffee pot is now at your disposal.

Air Freshener

Don’t have any essential oils kicking around the home you can freshen things up with? No problem! Instead, cut three lemons in half and place them in a pot of water on the stove. Bring it to a boil, then simmer on medium-low for a while to fill your home with a fresh, citrus scent.

Bonus Tip: When the water cools down to a warmer temperature, you can dip a cloth in that lemony goodness and use it to spot clean your counters. How great is that?

Mirrors

Out of cleaner for your mirrors and don’t want to run to the store to get some? Easy! Place some warm water into a bowl along with a wedge of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Damped a clean cloth in there and use it to wipe down your spotty mirrors, followed by another clean cloth to wipe them dry.

Pretty cool, right? You’ll notice that most of these hacks involve lemon somehow, and that’s because lemon not only works as a great cleaner, but a fantastic disinfectant as well because it’s able to kill most of the bacteria found in the home. Especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

So go forth, Moppers, and hack your way to a cleaner home this weekend.

Until next week, stay safe…and stay clean!

Keep Spring Allergies Under Control with These Helpful Cleaning Tips

Good Friday morning, Moppers. We hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, and are looking forward to the weekend. We definitely are.

We certainly got a lot of cleaning done this week, as per usual, and since it’s spring, we’ve been pushing things pretty hard. Of course with the changing of the seasons comes another thing we have to deal with on top of cleaning…allergies!

They’re a pain when you’re outside, and even worse when you have to deal with them inside, right? No one should have to suffer inside their own home, so luckily we’re here this week with a few tips on how you can help alleviate your spiring allergies inside your home, and all it takes is a little cleaning.

In the Bedroom

We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, and suffering from allergies while lying in bed is no fun. So what can you do about them? Here’s a few things that will help you out.

  • Get rid of clutter and dust magnets such as magazines, stuffed animals, and little knickknacks that collect allergens.
  • Dust frequently in your bedroom with a damp cloth.
  • Vacuum using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. Trust us, that filter makes a big difference.
  • Make sure to launder your pillow and sheets weekly, while your comforters, blankets, and mattress pads can be washed on a monthly basis.
  • Vacuum your mattress for roughly 2 minutes each side, twice monthly, to help reduce all the allergens and dust that get trapped in it.
  • Finally, if you have carpet, consider switching to hardwood floors that don’t trap dust as much as carpet does.

In the Bathroom

You bathroom is a sanctuary, of sorts, so you shouldn’t have to deal with allergies in your sanctuary, right? Mold and mildew are prominent in this area of the home, so here how to help keep it at bay.

  • After you shower be sure to sponge the shower walls dry.
  • Keep your shower door or curtain open after showering to allow everything to air out properly.
  • If you have a fabric shower curtain, make sure to wash it with liquid bleach and detergent. If it’s been  while and there’s a lot of mildew on there, soak it in a gallon of water along with a 1/4 cup of bleach before washing.
  • For vinyl shower curtains, make sure to scrub them with either liquid bleach, or a mildew remover before you wash them…and remember, never put them in the dryer.

In the Kitchen

Like the bathroom, mold and mildew are the biggest allergens you have to deal with in the kitchen, so to help keep things clean in there, you can do the following:

  • Make sure to keep the areas under your sinks nice and dry at all times, and clean under there regularly using a disinfectant.
  • Clean inside your fridge regularly because moisture in there makes it a prime breeding ground for mold. Use a non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner, or our favorite…a solution of baking soda and water.

In the Living Room

Dust, pollen, mold, mildew…it can all reside in the living room where we live to hang out, entertain friends, or just take a nap on the couch. And as the kids like to say…ain’t nobody got time for that! Here’s how to help alleviate your allergies in the living room.

  • Toss your curtains in the wash on a  regular basis, as these are magnets for dust.
  • If you have hardwood floors, make sure to vacuum them regularly.
  • Give your window frames and sills a good cleaning every couple of weeks, making sure to look out for mold and mildew that can reside there.
  • If you have carpet in your living room, again, vacuum on a regular basis with a HEPA filtered vacuum, going against the nap. When your vacuum’s container os half full, empty it, because anything more than the and the vacuum will start to lose suction power.
  • If you’ve got kids that like to keep some of their toys in there, make sure to clean the soft, machine-washable ones on a regular basis, and use a damp cloth to clean dust off the hard ones.

There, that wasn’t so bad, was it? It might seem like a lot of work to help keep those allergens at bay, but really, it can be done with just a few minuscule tasks that take no time at all. Your life will be so much happier because of it, too, because you won’t have as many allergy attacks inside your home, because no one should have to suffer with that while trying to live their life.

That’s it for now, Mopper. Have a great weekend, and we’ll chat with you again next week. Until then, stay safe…and stay clean!

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