How to Clean Electric Rice Cooker

How to Clean Electric Rice Cooker – With Infographics

A Rice Cooker is one of the most important appliances of your beloved kitchen. But due to lack of proper cleaning, it can be DAMAGED and even WASTED. That’s way, we face various problems while cooking.

There could be nothing better than cooking rice in a short time with the cooker. It has made our life easier. So you too should keep it nice and clean. It may seem very disturbing, but…

…nothing to concern. Here we will show you several easy methods about how to clean electric rice cooker. 

You might think it is just used for cooking rice, but you can also make many other yummy recipes like pasta, soup etc.

It’s totally hassle-free and COMFORTABLE. It keeps food hot for a long time and it does not burn the food. It automatically cooks rice and stops when it has finished.


What is rice cooker?


what is rice cooker

The main part of the rice cooker is made of steel and inside powder-coated. It has a steel lid on top.

“The inside of the rice cooker’s exterior has an inside container, in which rice and water are kept according to the measurement. Rice cookers cook rice under high heat and pressure.”

There is a “heating plate” inside it, you have to notice that the pot touches the heating plate. Switching on the power supply will cause the cooking indicator lamp to ignite and rice cooking will start.


Different Parts of Rice Cooker and Its Function 

Here is a short description of different parts of the rice cooker…

Main body

The main exterior part of the rice cooker. It is made of metallic materials. Inner pot, steam tray, the heating plate remains inside.


Outer lid

This is the lid of the rice cooker. It is also made of metal.


Inner Pot

It’s the inside pot of the cooker, Inner pot is nonstick and made of aluminum. So cooked rice does not stick to the wall of the pot.


Steam tray

Steam tray is thin and round metallic substance. It stays on top of the inner pot.


Heating Plate

It is the main heating element of a Rice Cooker. Inside it has a screw up metallic pipe heating element.


Measuring cup

It is made of aluminum and rice and water are measured for cooking with it.


Magnetic Switch 

The magnetic switch is connected with the heating element. It controls temperature functions.


Control Panel

The control panel is at the bottom of the chamber body. Which includes switches, keep warm lamps, cook lamps, supply terminals etc.


Supply cord

In the rice cooker, the supply cord is used to supply the heating elements.


Rice cook lamp

After connecting the supply cord to the rice cooker, pushing the control button will ignite the cooking lamp which means that the cooking process will start.


Keep warm switch

Rice cook lamp will be closed when the rice cooking program will complete. After that, the “keep warm switch” will ignite. That means the keep warm program will begin.


Safety First

Safety First


Before you start to clean your rice cooker, you need to know some safety cautions. You certainly do not want your electrical components ruined while cleaning.

“The rice cooker powered by electricity, you need to be ALERT in using it. Also be careful not to let the water inside the rice cooker, because it may cause short circuits or electric shock.”


Before cleaning rice cooker, unplug the electric appliance.

After cooking, wait until the pot is cool, it can take up to 30 to 40 minutes.


You can also visit SCMP for more detail.


How to Clean Electric Rice Cooker

Dirty kitchen’s appliance makes the kitchen unhealthy and ugly. If it is not cleaned for some days, the rice starch in the steam cap makes an unpleasant bad smell. 

But, don’t WORRY my “friend”, we will provide you some quite easy washing tips HERE. 


Carefully remove the burnt rice first

For cleaning the rice cooker, the first thing you need to do is remove the burnt rice and separate all the parts, it will be easier for you to clean them. Now slowly rub with a washcloth on the pot’s surface. Because it appears scratch on the surface.

If needed, soak it in water for a while, and try to remove all remaining food particles.


Method 1: Baking Soda, Lemon, Detergent and Hot Water Mixture

 Most of the cleansers used in the market promote the aroma and energy of lemon. Because lemon is natural GERMICIDE. Lemon does not have any chemical properties that harm the environment or people. It is very effective in this regard.

Also, talking about BAKING SODA, its the best way to easily clean the oil sticky saucepan or dish.

Let’s start…


  • Baking soda 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon 1 tablespoon
  • Detergent 2 teaspoons
  • Hot water 3 tablespoons

baking soda lemon detergent and hot water mixture


First, take 2 teaspoons of detergent (any brand) in a small bowl, then add 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon baking soda to it. At the end, add 4 tablespoons of hot water.

Now, make a mixture with a spoon until the detergent is completely melted.

We will start the main task now, gently rub the inner and outer portion like uppercasing, open lock button, inner lid, cooking pot, electric plate, steam cap and even wire with soft scrub. After that, you can see the dirt coming up.

Wash it out 😀



“During the wash, be careful not to damage your electric plate. Because, if you rub the electric plate badly with the scrub for cleaning the dirt, this will completely ruin your cooker.”


Method 2: Toothpaste and Water Mixture

Usually, we use toothpaste to clean our teeth. But many people do not know that some other great things can be done with toothpaste, like cleaning the rice cooker. Let’s see how….


  • Toothpaste 1 spoon
  • Water like quantity

 Take 1 teaspoon of toothpaste and water in a small bowl, mix them well. With this mixture rub the inside and outside portion carefully. After washing it with wet scrub, wipe with a dry cloth.

Now you can see the difference. 😀


Bonus Method: How to Clean Rice Cooker with Vinegar

 Many people think cleaning up a cooker is a hassle. Many of us do not know that it can be very easily clean with vinegar, which is a common ingredient of most kitchen.

how to clean rice cooker with vinegar

Here we show you step by step guideline to “how to clean rice cooker with vinegar”


  • Vinegar one cup
  • Baking soda half cup

Take one bowl of water and add one cup of vinegar and half cup baking soda. Mix them and make a paste. Now spread that paste over the inside and outside of the cooker, slowly. Now, wait around 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, now you just slowly rub with soft scrub and start washing your rice cooker. EASY, isn’t it?


Removing bad smells

To avoid the bad smell, you need to mixed vinegar with water in a ratio of 1:3. Heat it in your cooker until the mixture is boiling. After that, turn off the cooker and allow it to cool. Now simply wash inside of the pot. See the bad smell is gone!



After washing the rice cooker, every time let it dry at least 1 hour. Before the plug on, make sure the cooker has dry. Also, you should always keep your plug dry.”

We recommend you to wash your rice cooker’s pot, lid and steam tray with a GOOD DISHWASHER after every cook. 

Now you understand that electric rice cooker cleaning is not too hard.


Infographics Image:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long does it take to cook rice in a rice cooker?

Answer: It depends on the quantity of rice, sometimes it depends on rice quality. But a rice cooker usually takes 15 to 20 minutes for cooking rice.

Question: Is rice cooker with a stainless steel inner pot is good for health?

Answer: Certainly, because stainless steel is non-reactive element while it’s cooking. It keeps the taste and nutrition good. Also, it’s easy to cook and clean.



A rice cooker is a very useful appliance for your kitchen. It should clean and proper maintenance for you and your family’s health.

If you have any questions yet about How to Clean Electric Rice Cooker, then please let us know. We will answer you as soon as possible.

Happy cleaning




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