How to clean toaster in 5 steps

Keep your toaster oven sparkling clean at all times with these simple tips. 

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We use the toaster on a daily basis, but ask yourself this, when was the last time you actually cleaned it? We don’t mean picking up loose crumbs, but actually clean it — scrub it until it looks sparkling again. If you need more than a minute to think, then maybe it’s time to show this bread crisping appliance some TLC. Here are some toaster cleaning tips to keep your toaster and toaster oven polished. 

How to clean a toaster with vinegar

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If you use your pop-up toaster on a daily basis, make sure to clean it regularly. The food residues could cause a burnt taste, or worse, a fire. 

What do you need: 

  • Soapy water
  • Paper towel
  • Vinegar
  • Pantry brush

Step 1: Unplug the toaster

The first thing you have to do is to make sure your toaster is unplugged. Make sure it is completely cool before you start anything. You should also consider cleaning it over the sink or a table covered with newspaper. 

Step 2: Remove the crumb tray

Next, gently remove the crumb tray from the toaster and shake off the loose crumbs. Some toasters come with a removable tray at the bottom. If you have it, remove it as it helps with the cleaning process. If you don’t, you can still do it the old-fashioned way — turn the toaster upside down and shake it until every last crumb is gone. 

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Step 3: Brush off the crumbs

For stubborn crumbs, use a small brush to brush off the remaining crumbs. You can also use it to get into hard-to-reach areas. 

Step 4: Wash the crumb tray

Wash it with warm soapy water and scrub it clean. Remember to dry it completely before popping it back into the toaster.

Step 4: Clean the exterior

Dip a damp cloth in soapy water and wipe the exterior. Don’t forget about the knobs too!

Step 5: Polish it

*This applies to stainless steel toasters

Lastly, shine your toaster with a clean cloth and white vinegar. 

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How to clean a toaster oven

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Unlike the toaster, a toaster oven is not only used for toasting bread, but you can also use it to reheat or cook foods. And because of that, you need a little more effort to clean the interior. 

What you need: 

  • Small brush
  • Soapy water
  • Microfibre towel
  • Vinegar

Step 1: Unplug the toaster oven

Like all other kitchen appliances, you must always unplug it and make sure it is completely cool before you do anything. 

Step 2: Remove the trays and racks

Most toaster ovens come with a removable cooking tray and rack. Remove these components and wash them in warm, soapy water. If there is stuck-on food, soak the trays overnight in soapy water so it is easier to clean. 

Read more: How to clean your oven naturally with baking soda and vinegar

Step 3: Remove the crumbs

Now, move your toaster oven to the sink. Open the bottom of the oven and give it a good shake to get all the crumbs and food particles out. Use a small brush to brush out crumbs that are stuck on the surfaces. 

Step 4: Make a cleaning solution

To make the cleaning solution, mix two cups of warm water, a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a half cup of distilled white vinegar in a bowl. 

Step 5: Clean the interior

Dip a sponge or a clean towel into the cleaning solution to clean the inside of the oven. Wipe down every interior surface from the walls to the floor and ceiling. For stubborn food particles, make a baking soda paste with baking soda and water. Dip a clean sponge into the paste and scrub the surface gently. Don’t touch the heating element and try not to get them wet during cleaning or you’ll risk damaging the oven. 

Step 6: Clean the glass door sparkle

The glass door of your toaster oven needs cleaning too. To restore it back to its original state, wipe the glass with distilled white vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, wipe it down with a clean cloth. 

Step 7: Clean the exterior

Good news! You can use the same cleaning solution that you use to clean the interior on the outside too. Wipe down the exterior from top to bottom with a sponge dipped in the solution. Wipe it down one last time with a soft cloth with just vinegar to make it shine. While you’re at it, don’t forget to clean the knobs and controls as well. 

Step 8: Reassemble the toaster oven

Make sure everything is clean and dry before putting them back together. Plug it in when you’re ready to use it. 

How often should you clean a toaster?

Depending on how often you use the toaster. If you use it on a daily basis, it’s best to clean it every week or so. You don’t have to deep clean it, but make sure to remove crumbs and food particles that are stuck at the bottom. 

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How to maintain a toaster?

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Since the toaster is an essential part of the kitchen, it’s crucial to maintain it so it lasts longer. Make sure to brush out crumbs every week and do a deep clean once a month. While you’re toasting your bread, be careful not to overheat the bread or it’ll end up sticking to the toaster.  

How to get grease out of the toaster oven?

If you, like us, have neglected your toaster oven, then you’ll know how much built-up grease it accumulated over time. Sure it looks gross and, well, hopeless, but there’s a way to get them off – just do it like how you clean your oven. 

First, you need to make baking soda paste with baking soda and water. Spread it on the greasy area and leave it overnight. When you come back the next day, wipe it off with a clean towel. If the problem persists, spray the area with a solution of vinegar and water. It should help loosen up the grease particle. 

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