How To Clean Toaster Oven

How To Clean Toaster Oven

Are You Cleaning A New Toaster Oven?

Make sure to read the manual and note any specific do’s and don’ts according to the manufacturer If this is the first time you have cleaned your toaster oven (brand new or new-to-you).

Why Is A Clean Toaster Oven Important?

To keep it safe and in top condition, cleaning your toaster oven is essential. You will reduce any fire risk when you remove crumbs and grease left behind from meals past by regularly cleaning this small appliance. Also, food particles from other meals can impart a smoky or burnt flavour to the meals you’re heating.

Easy Steps To Remember The Cleaning Of Toaster:

The clean toaster is the secret to a good toast. And I am sure you prefer your appliances shiny and polished as you bought them yesterday. And don’t know how to clean a toaster properly, it can turn out to a big mess. It isn’t as hard as it may seem.


Unplug Your Toaster: Before you start cleaning it Make sure it is completely cool. It is best if you put it near a sink. That way, it will be easier to clean up afterwards. And then put something under your toaster, like a newspaper or a table-cloth.

Warning: Never soak the toaster in water to clean the heating implements!

  1. Clean The Interior First:

The next step is brushing off crumbs. You will do it with a brush. Just insert the brush into the toaster slots and brush the crumbs of the metal parts inside going in the downward direction that’s it, your interior is clean.

  1. Lift The Toaster And Remove The Crumb Tray:

Most of the toasters have a removable crumb tray, and crumb tray is located on the bottom side of a toaster. If you want, you can take the tray out and dump the crumbs into your sink. And you will have to do it the old-fashioned way if your model doesn’t have a removable crumb tray. Turn your toaster upside down and shake it gently.

  1. (Optional) Clean Your Tray:

To clean your tray, use the sponge and mild soap or dishwashing solution, rinse and dry it before you put it back.

  1. Inspect Your Toaster For Crumbs:

Inspect your toaster again and if you still have crumbs in your toaster, turn it upside down and shake it a few times. You can also use a hairdryer turn on your hairdryer and direct the air in your toaster. It should get rid of all the stuck crumbs. It’s advised to remove the crumb tray if possible if you want to use a hairdryer.

  1. Clean The Exterior:

And then clean the exterior, if the exterior has stains; wash it with a sponge and a mild soap or dishwashing solution. Never use the scratching side of a sponge! Then put a little diluted vinegar on a cloth and wipes your toaster with it for extra shine for a finishing touch especially if you have a metal toaster.

How Often Should You Clean Your Toaster Oven?

Ideally, it would be best if you quickly wiped down your toaster oven after each use to prevent buildup. Further, cleaning your toaster oven and emptying its crumb tray on a weekly bases will prevent grease and crumbs from caking onto the surfaces.

The longer you wait to clean it after use, the more difficult it may be to remove the residue. To more easily maintain the appliance, some people cover the crumb tray with a single layer of foil and replace the protective layer weekly.

How To Clean The Tray?

  • The tray is most likely the first part of the oven that you would want to clean because it is removable. Without a doubt, the tray is one of, if not the dirtiest, parts of the toaster oven and it is very prone to food crumbs accumulation and greases.
  • Many homemakers think the easiest way to clean the food tray is to toss it in the dishwasher. But a dishwasher can’t duplicate the cleaning you can get from manual washing.
  • Manual washing is more effective in cleaning a greased tray. In cleaning a greased tray, you’d want to remove as much grease as possible. Use a paper towel and from it wipe away grease. Focus on the big clumps of fat that may have gathered in the corners.
  • Then With a small amount of dishwashing liquid, soak the tray in hot water mixed for about an hour. And this process would allow the soap to remove the remaining grease.
  • Once it is done, now, wipe away the remaining grease on a non-stick tray, using a soft sponge. Use a scouring pad to remove the remaining grease if you have a non-stick tray.
  • Wash the tray under running water for one last all-over clean, once you have gotten rid of all the oil.

How To Clean The Glass Door?

  • Here’s a bit of news— you don’t need to buy a cleaning product to cut through the grease in a glass door burnt-on gunk and grease. With good ole baking soda, you can make your cleaning solution for the glass door.
  • Yes, to clean a dirty glass door, a simple combination of baking soda and water would be enough with one cup of water Mix one tablespoon of baking soda. Stir well.
  • Start by unplugging the toaster oven to use this DIY cleaner. Place paper towels in the area in front of the oven. Then open the door then wipe off all the crumbs and cover the oven door with paste and let it stand for 20 minutes.
  • Scrub the door using a non-abrasive scrubber. Wipe off residual dirt with a paper towel. Repeat the two steps if necessary.

How To Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda And Vinegar?

  • First of all, remove everything from your oven—racks, pizza stone, thermometer, etc.
  • Layout newspapers or paper towels on the floor beneath your oven.
  • And then grab a small bowl and mix a 1/2 cup of baking soda with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water. Then tweak the ratio until you have a spreadable paste.
  • Put on your gloves and using your fingers, spread the paste around the inside of your oven, covering the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices. Don’t put the paste on the heating elements if you have an electric oven. If you have a gas oven, don’t put the paste where the gas comes through. Close the oven when you’re done.
  • And then allow paste to sit for 10 – 12 hours, or overnight.
  • In the meantime, place racks in your kitchen sink (or bathtub, if you have extra-large racks). And then sprinkle baking soda on your racks and then pour vinegar on top. This combination will foam and when the foaming stops plug your sink or tub and run the hot water until the racks are fully covered.
  • Again allow racks to sit for 10 – 12 hours, or overnight.
  • And put on your gloves again and taking a damp cloth rag after 10 – 12 hours, open the oven and wipe down all surfaces. Use wet scouring pumice, microfiber sponge, or another abrasive tool to remove all grime if there are extra sticky spots.
  • Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on the chunks if there are chunks of paste that won’t come off easily. With the baking soda and foam, the vinegar will react. And then take your damp cloth again and wipe off all foam.
  • After that remove racks from the water and scrub with a cloth rag until all grease and grime are gone. On any tough spots, Use the pumice or microfiber sponge.
  • Dry racks and place them back in the oven.
  • You’re done!

How To Clean Your Oven With Lemons?

  • First of all, fill a medium-sized, oven-proof mixing bowl with water. Cut two lemons in half and place them in the bowl.
  • Heat your oven to 250 degrees.
  • And when it is heated, place the mixing bowl inside on one of the racks and leave for one hour.
  • Once it is done, after an hour, please turn off the oven, open the door and let it cool slightly.
  • While the oven is still warm but cool enough that you could safely touch the inside without getting burned, put on gloves, take a damp cloth and wipe down all surfaces, including the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corners and crevices. And if needed, use wet scouring pumice, microfiber sponge or another abrasive tool to target any extra sticky spots. It would help if you were sure to wipe thoroughly so that you remove all grease and grime.
  • You’re done!

What Materials Do I Need To Clean My Oven?

  • A QUALITY CLEANER: For a quality cleaner, you have several options here.
  • Store-bought oven cleaner: This store-bought oven cleaner is the easiest, fastest process and will remove serious amounts of grease and grime. The caveat: oven cleaner can be quite acidic, so if you are sensitive to harsh chemicals or prefer an all-natural approach, you may want to choose option 2 or 3.
  • Baking soda, water, vinegar and a spray bottle: This DIY method is good if you have lots of buildups. You’ll be making a paste with baking soda and water that will need to sit for 10 – 12 hours (or overnight), so make sure you carve out enough time.
  • Lemons (2) and water. Another DIY option that takes about 1 -2 hours; good if your oven is only mildly dirty and your racks don’t need cleaning.
  • RUBBER CLEANING GLOVES: Please no disposable gloves. If you go with option 1, this is especially important as you will want a heavy-duty barrier between your skin and the cleaner, says Johnson.
  • PROTECTIVE SAFETY GLASSES: To guard your eyes against the cleaner. You won’t need these with options 2 or 3.
  • OLD NEWSPAPERS OR PAPER TOWELS: Old newspapers or paper towels to pad the floor around your oven, in case anything drips out while you are cleaning.
  • DAMP CLOTH RAG(S): To wipe off the grime once the cleaner has been applied. You may need more than one if your oven is especially grimy.
  • SCOURING PUMICE OR MICROFIBER SPONGE (OPTIONAL): Helpful if you’re tackling lots of buildups.
  • LARGE PLASTIC GARBAGE BAG: You will need this to clean your oven racks with option 1.

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