A rice cooker does more than just cook rice. It can make soup, stew, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and more. A cooker is easy to use, generates minimal heat and does all the work for you. Follow this article's steps to properly clean your cooker with little effort and keep it in good condition.

Unplug the cooker and wait until the temperature cools. Empty all rice or other food out of the inner pot.

Remove the inner pot and soak in hot soapy water. Rinse the pot and dry it with a cloth. Wash all accompanying utensils, like measuring cup and spatula, with hot soap water. Dry everything with a towel.

If the rice cooker has an unattached lid, wash it with the utensils. If the lid is attached, sponge down its inner surface with warm, soapy water. Sponge again with rinse water and wipe dry.

Leave the main pot and all equipment exposed to air dry for at least 30 minutes.

Wipe the exterior of the pot and the top of the lid with a damp cloth. For tough stains, spray glass or surface cleaner onto a paper towel and wipe the stain. Never spray cleaner on the pot itself to prevent cleaner from getting inside the pot.

Remove any burnt grains of rice or hardened food from the rice cooker hot plate by rubbing it with sandpaper. The surface of the plate should be smooth to allow complete contact with the inner pot and ensure even heating. Do not scrape the plate with utensils or other sharp implements that could cause scratches.


  • Clean the rice cooker after each use.