How to Clean Cuckoo Rice Cooker? An ultimate guide

How to clean cuckoo rice cooker

Your Cuckoo rice cooker needs proper cleaning for its best performance. Forget the usual dish cleaning routine. You cannot clean your rice cooker like any crockery item.

As a homemaker who loves sharing cooking experiences, I’m here to guide you through the brand’s cleaning tips for the Cuckoo rice cooker.

Today we will find out the two brand-recommended cleaning methods of cuckoo rice cooker and get some handy tips to keep it spotless. So Keep Reading!

What you’ll Need to Clean the Cuckoo rice cooker

  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • Dry towel
  • Warm water
  • Liquid dishwashing
  • Paper Towel

How to clean the cuckoo rice cooker: Step-by-step Guide

How to clean the cuckoo rice cooker?
  1. Unplug the Appliance
  2. Wipe the Exterior of the rice cooker
  3. Clean the Inner pot with liquid dishwashing
  4. Then dry clean the inner body and top cover
  5. Wash the water holder underwater
  6. Clean the Steam vent

1. Unplug the Appliance

Before cleaning, ensure you unplug the cuckoo rice cooker. If it is not hot, remove the lid and let the cooker cool down completely.

2. Wipe the Exterior

If you don’t regularly clean the rice cooker’s exterior, dirt will build up. So, it will make it harder for you to clean it. Try making it a habit to wipe the exterior daily. Use a dry dish towel to clean the exterior, main body, lid, and corners.

3. Clean the Inner pot

The next step is to wipe the interior, exterior, and top of the inner pot with liquid dishwashing. Open the lid and remove the inner pot from the rice cooker. It will be simpler to clean if you soak it in warm water before washing it. After that, add some drops of liquid dishwash to your sponge for easy cleaning.

Cleaning Tip: don’t use sharp cutlery items like spoon, fork, or chopsticks to clean the inner pot.

4. Dry clean the inner body and top cover

Use a soft, dry towel to wipe the inner body and lid. Steam from cooking rice sometimes drips down and sticks to the cover; this component needs to be cleaned frequently to stay clean. So, maintaining proper hygiene will make rice taste better and be higher quality.

5. Wash the water holder

The water holder may become moldy or smell nasty if it is not clean. So, wash it under the tap or wipe it off with a clean cloth.

6. Clean the Steam vent

First, remove the steam vent valve. Apply minimal pressure to get out. Once you remove the two pieces of the steam vent, clean the inside by slightly turning the valve. Wash both pieces in water and dry them with a paper towel. After cleaning, attach the rice cooker’s lid’s steam vent valve.

Two Effective Steam Cleaning Methods: Cuckoo Brand Recommendations

Steam Cleaning method

The Cuckoo brand itself suggests some steam cleaning techniques for their rice cookers. These are the deep cleaning methods that ensure optimal maintenance of the rice cooker. Let’s discuss each method in detail. 

1. Automatic Steam Cleaning

If your model has an automatic steam cleaning feature, follow these steps.

  • Fill the inner pot with water until it reaches the “2” marker.
  • Select the “Auto Steam Clean” option, then close the lid.
  • To begin, select “Pressure cook.”
  • Once the cycle is finished, please remove the pot and gently tap the inner lid so that it absorbs the water.

2. Manual Steam Cleaning

If your model of cuckoo rice cooker doesn’t have a steam cleaning program, then use this manual method.

  • Fill the inner pot with water up to the “2” marker.
  • Place the lid on and select the “Glutinous Rice” option.
  • To begin, select “Pressure cook.”
  • When the water is boiled for 2 minutes, turn off the rice cooker using the “Cancel” button.
  • Please take out the pot and lightly tap the inner lid so that it absorbs the excess water.
  • Add half a spoonful of white vinegar to the water to effectively clean the cooker and eliminate odors.

Tips to keep cuckoo rice cooker clean

1. Clean your cuckoo rice cooker after every use. It will make your cleaning process easy and work efficiently.
2. Never clean your rice cooker using steel wool, metal objects, or anything that is highly abrasive. It will harm the device and scrape the hardware.
3. After cleaning the rice in the rice cooker, pay more attention to drying the bottom. Due to this, the rice cooker may cause loud banging noises when cooking. 
4. Wipe dry the pot.


Cleaning a cuckoo rice cooker is not just keeping it spotless. You are also ensuring a longer, more efficient lifespan for your kitchen companion. Remember, a well-maintained rice cooker means consistently delicious meals. 

Check out our guides on How To Reset Cuckoo Rice Cooker? and Cuckoo Rice Cooker Not Working, for its  optimal performance.

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