How to Clean Your Toaster

How to Clean Your Toaster

Do you remember when the last time you cleaned your toaster was? The toaster probably isn’t at the forefront of our cleaning brains Even though most of us use it daily. It is time to show this bread-crisping workhorse some love and appreciation and it’s not hard to do; in fact, the whole process only took me about 10 minutes!

What You Will Need?

    1. Toaster
    2. Trash can
    3. Small pastry brush
    4. Warm soapy water
    5. Dry dish towel
    6. Damp dish towel
    7. Vinegar (for stainless steel).


Unplug the toaster: Make sure your toaster is unplugged and completely cooled before you begin your cleaning process. Work over the sink, trash can, or a newspaper-covered table because cleaning your toaster can be a crumby business.

Pull out the crumb tray: Pop out your crumb tray and shake off all of the loose crumbs. And most of the toasters have a removable tray at the bottom where the majority of the crumbs live.

The removal of these trays is super helpful for the cleaning process. You can still opt for the old-fashioned method of turning your toaster upside down and gently shaking it if your toaster doesn’t have a removable tray. (In fact, even though my toaster has those trays, I still turned it upside down for a gentle shaking and it helped to dislodge some additional crumbs.)

Wash that crumb tray: If your tray is still crusted with crumbs, wash it with warm soapy water until clean. Make sure to dry it well before reassembling.

Brush off remaining crumbs: Use a small pastry or basting brush to get into the hard-to-reach corners. It works.

Wipe the outside: Wipe the exterior with a soft, damp cloth and gentle soap if necessary. Don’t forget the knobs. (I noticed mine needed a little extra attention.)

Polish up the exterior: If your toaster is stainless steel, use a clean cloth and a bit of vinegar to shine it up. (I did this on the top and the sides of my toaster and it made a big difference.)

Replace the crumb tray: Pop your thoroughly dried crumb trays back into place, and you’re finished!

NOTE: How To Clean Toaster Oven

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