Even though cleaning a toaster is a simple task, finding the right information on how to clean a toaster proved to be hard. The manufacturer’s manual or any other website always talked about cleaning the slots, but never said how to clean the toaster exterior. The world of toaster ovens is changing faster than ever before.
Unplug your toaster
When it comes to cleaning a toaster, you can’t get lazy. If you do, you might as well just buy a new toaster. Even though your toaster is made of metal, it’s not impervious. If you don’t clean your toaster regularly, it’ll start to look like one of those old-fashioned ones with all the nooks and crannies that are impossible to reach.
And if you have kids, they’ll probably make it look even worse by putting food in there and then pulling it out again, and not washing their hands first.Unplug your toaster before you begin cleaning it. You don’t want an electrical appliance getting wet; water is not good for electronics.
Remove the crumb tray and wash it with hot soapy water
- First of all, remove the crumb tray and wash it with hot soapy water.
- Next, take a damp cloth and wipe down the outside of the toaster.If you have a self-cleaning model, you can use this function to clean it. If not, go to step three.
- Fill a bowl with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Place the toaster upside-down in the bowl and leave it overnight or for at least 8 hours. You can also fill another bowl with water and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to it if you want to disinfect your toaster even more.
When you’re ready to unplug your appliance, empty out both bowls and rinse everything off again before putting it back together and using it again.
Scoop out any crumbs that are left behind
Toasters are great, but they can get pretty greasy and grimy. That’s why it’s important to regularly clean your toaster.To clean the outside of your toaster, wipe down the outside with a damp sponge or cloth. If you have no access to water, use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad or toothbrush instead.
Remove all crumbs from the slots with a toothpick or other small utensil
If you have a removable crumb tray, remove it from its housing and thoroughly clean it with soap and warm water before washing it in the dishwasher or by hand in the sink. Be sure to dry it completely before putting it back into place.
Wash your toaster
Toaster ovens are not dishwasher safe. They can be washed by hand with warm soapy water and a sponge or cloth. The outside of the toaster should be wiped down with a damp sponge or cloth to remove any crumbs or spills.
After you’ve cleaned the outside of your toaster, it’s time to clean the inside. It’s easier if you remove all of the parts from the toaster before you begin cleaning them. Start by removing any crumbs from inside your toaster with a spatula or butter knife. Then wash all of your removable parts in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly with cool water. If there are stains on any part, try using baking soda to scrub them away.
Once all of your removable parts are clean, it’s time to wipe down the inside of your toaster oven with a damp sponge or cloth dipped in baking soda solution. Make sure that you don’t use vinegar in this step because it can damage some plastics used in making modern appliances like this one.
Wipe out the exterior of the toaster with a damp cloth
Wipe out the exterior of the toaster with a damp cloth. Do not use any cleaning agents or soap as they may leave streaks on the surface of your toaster. You can also use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe out any loose crumbs or spills from inside your appliance. Use warm water rather than hot water as it will not damage any components inside your toaster.
Use the inside cleanout feature
Use the inside cleanout feature. Most of today’s toasters come with an inside-cleanout feature that allows you to pop out the tray and brush off the crumbs. This option is best for cleaning out small amounts of crumbs after normal use.
Turn your toaster upside down. If your toaster has a removable bottom plate, remove it and turn the appliance upside down over a trash can or other container to shake out any loose bread crumbs that may be stuck inside. Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean any remaining residue from the bottom plate before replacing it.
Use baking soda and vinegar solution as natural cleaning agents. Mix one part baking soda with two parts warm water in a bowl or cup, then dip a toothbrush into this solution and scrub at stubborn stains on your toaster’s outside surface until they disappear. Let stand for five minutes before rinsing with warm water and drying completely with a clean towel or paper towels
Let the toaster air-dry
Wipe down the inside of the toaster with a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergent. Let the toaster air-dry.
Use a non-toxic cleaning spray
- Use a non-toxic cleaning spray on the heating element and walls of the toaster oven.
- Spray down both sides of each element with an even misting of cleaner; don’t go overboard with this step because too much liquid can cause damage or short circuits in some models.
- Let this sit for 10 minutes before wiping off all excess liquid with a clean rag or paper towel.
- Once you have cleaned all surfaces, wipe them with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust and grime from around them (you may need to repeat this step several times
Keeping your toaster clean will help it last longer and perform more efficiently. The prevalence of toaster ovens has made it easier than ever for people to enjoy toast or a bagel in the morning instead of eating packaged cereal or sugary breakfast bars. However, with all this ease has come a tendency for people to neglect their toaster’s upkeep.