Rice Cooker Smells Bad – How to Remove the Smell

Rice Cooker Smells Bad – How to Prevent and Fix the Smell.

Rice cookers are great and worth it (and relatively cheap) – BUT what if there are bad odors coming from them.

Are you looking for ways to eliminate the foul smell from your rice cooker? If so, look no further!

This blog post will provide helpful tips on removing bad smells from your rice cooker and keeping it fresh.

We’ll cover everything from cleaning the cooker’s interior using natural odor-eliminating ingredients and more!

So, if you’re ready to say goodbye to those unwanted smells, keep reading! We’ll have you cooking with fresh-smelling rice in no time.

And you will want this if you are making rice shapes.

3 Reasons Why Your Rice Cooker Smell

Food Residue

Over time, food residue, such as leftover rice, can get trapped inside the inner pot of your rice cooker and leave behind a lingering smell.

The breeding ground for bacteria starts in a moist and warm environment like cooked rice.

To prevent this from happening, always make sure to thoroughly clean and rinse the inner pot after each use. This will help keep it smelling fresh for longer periods of time.

Cleaning a Rice Cooker
Cleaning a Rice Cooker

Outdated Food

If you don’t clean and change the inner pot of your rice cooker regularly, stuck-on food can start building up bacterial growth and giving off an unpleasant smell. To prevent this, check your rice cooker every few weeks and throw out any leftover or expired food lingering in the pot.

Lack of Maintenance

Proper cleaning and maintenance are essential to keep your rice cooker working properly and avoid pungent smells. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care, as this will help you keep your rice cooker smelling clean and fresh for longer.

How to Remove Bad Smell From Your Rice Cooker

Once you have noticed that your rice cooker smells unpleasant, it’s important to act quickly to remove the odor. Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps to remove bad odors from your rice cooker and restore it to its normal state.

Dish Soap

Wash out the inner parts of the rice cooker with a mixture of lukewarm water and dish soap. This will help remove any food residue that may be causing the odor. Use a soft sponge or cloth to ensure that you don’t scratch the surface of your rice cooker while cleaning it. Or if there are no food scraps left, you can soak your rice cooker in hot, soapy water.  Once you’ve finished washing, rinse all surfaces thoroughly with cold water and leave them to dry completely using a moist cloth.


Fill the inner pot of your rice cooker with 1 cup of vinegar and cups of water, then turn it on. The high temperature and acidic content of the vinegar will help to neutralize any odors that may have been lingering in the appliance. After a few minutes, switch off the heat and let it cool down before emptying the vinegar, then damping it using a paper towel or dry cloth.

Baking Soda

Use baking soda and warm water, then turn your rice cooker. Baking soda is an effective odor absorber, so this method will help to eliminate bad smells from your appliance. Let the baking soda sit for a few minutes before switching off the heat and emptying out the contents with a soft cloth. You can also combine the baking soda and tablespoons of vinegar simultaneously.

By following this simple process, you should be able to remove a bad smell from your rice cooker and restore it to its original state.

Additional Tips to Keep Your Rice Cooker Smelling Fresh

  • Store your rice cooker in a ventilated area, on top of a counter or kitchen cabinet. This will help prevent strong odors and keep your appliance smelling fresh.
  • Boil lemon slices or sprigs of rosemary in water inside your rice cooker to help neutralize any lingering odors during the cooking process. Let the mixture boil for several minutes before turning off the appliance and leaving it for an hour or two before discarding the lemon slices or rosemary.
  • Regularly check your rice cooker’s seals and gaskets for signs of wear or damage. Replace any damaged components to maintain the appliance’s air-tight seal and prevent bad smells from leaking.
  • Let your rice cooker cool down before cleaning it or storing it. Cleaning the appliance when it is still hot will cause nasty odors to linger, so be sure to give it time to cool down before beginning your cleaning routine and use a clean cloth to dry it.

These tips will help keep your rice cooker smelling fresh and help prevent unpleasant odors from developing over time. These simple steps will ensure you get the most out of your kitchen appliances without having to contend with bad smells.