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Cooking rice is an essential part of many people’s lives, and while it is easy to cook rice without one, a rice cooker has become an easy way for us to do so with little effort at affordable price points. A rice cooker is a piece of electrically powered kitchen equipment that makes it quick and easy to cook rice, but as with any electrical appliance, cleaning your rice cooker regularly and maintaining it with care is important to its longevity, cooking quality, and even your health.
If you’re new to the cleaning process for rice cookers, don’t worry. Here’s the proper way to clean a rice cooker thoroughly and effectively from the lid down to the inside of the rice cooker.
Cleaning an entire rice cooker is easy but entails some patience. It is important to clean, rinse, and wash removable parts inside of the cooker individually and with care in order to avoid damage and prolong the life of your rice cooker.
To do so, make sure you follow the basic safety instructions and unplug the rice cooker before cleaning, as the most important rule that you have to follow is to avoid exposing any electrical part of the rice cooker to water. Then, take a moist rag or sponge and some soapy water and get to cleaning the inner pot and other removable parts of any food residue.
To really get a clean rice cooker, it is best to wash each part inside the rice cooker individually. This will help effectively remove old food and help your unit look and perform at its best. Make sure to follow safety precautions and detach the power cord before cleaning.
Not cleaning your rice cooker often or thoroughly enough can leave behind days-old food residue and eventually unpleasant odors and mold.
If you want to clean mold, stubborn or hard-to-remove stains, and unpleasant stains, soap and water might not be enough. However, vinegar can be a very effective cleaning solution. You can create your own cleaning spray by mixing one cup of vinegar with three cups of water.
Wipe down your rice cooker’s removable parts with this cleaning solution and rinse it off to get rid of the smell. Make sure that each part of the cooker is completely dry before putting them back in.
To clean a rice cooker hot plate, you can use sandpaper, steel wool, or scouring pads. These are the most effective choices to help scrub off hard stains. These can also be used on the lid in case of baked-on white rice leftover from previous cooking.
The hot plate is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the rice cooker as it is what cooks the rice, so it needs to be treated with utmost care. Clean a rice cooker hot plate by using a moist cloth or steel wool to remove the dirt on the surface. Make sure the plate is dry completely before you use it again.
Cleaning your rice cooker is similar to how you clean your dishes in the sink – individually and with care. If you use your rice cooker every day, it is important to keep it as clean as possible to extend the life of your whole cooker and to ensure the safety of the food you and your loved ones are eating. Even if there are a ton of rice cooker types out there, each one needs to be cleaned just the same.