One of the most irksome parts of cooking a meal is the cleanup that comes afterward. I cannot think of a single person who actually enjoys this part. In this article, we’ll show you how to thoroughly clean out a toaster with ease so the process will be less painful for you.
Have you wondered why you even need to clean a toaster?
Well, have you ever peeked inside?
Yes, go ahead and do it. Did you see the little seed-like crumbs that were left behind from yesterday’s toast? How about the burnt, rusty crumbs on the sides?
Toaster cleaning is complicated by the fact that while debris can easily find its way in, it is difficult to get inside the toaster to clean it.
So, is it impossible to clean?
Not at all. If you follow our step by step guide, you will be able to clean out the toaster like a pro.
So throw on your best cleaning apron and let’s get to work!
Step 1: Get the Supplies Ready
It is important to get all your supplies ready before you go and start the cleaning process. If you don’t gather them beforehand, you will only end up wasting time looking around for them later.
For the cleaning process, you will need the following:
- White vinegar
- Dish soap
- Good old toothbrush
- Microfiber cloth
- Scouring pad
- Gloves to save your skin from any sort of irritation
Step 2: Unplug It to Stay Safe
In order to ensure your safety, you should always unplug the toaster before cleaning it.
Step 3: Remove the Crumbs
I know you can relate. In my case, there are crumbs literally everywhere. So, the first thing to do is to remove the crumbs. For this, first of all, turn the toaster upside down. All the loose crumbs will fall out.
If you have a modern toaster, there is a possibility it will have a crumb tray at the bottom. Simply take it out, clean it, and set it aside until you’re finished cleaning the rest of the toaster.
Step 4: Thoroughly Clean with a Toothbrush
Take a peek; you will still see a lot of crumbs stuck inside and on the edges. For this, take a clean paintbrush and brush the hard-to-reach crumbs from inside and the edges.
Step 5: Scrubbing
Once you get rid of the crumbs, it is time to get down to scrubbing. Any and every surface should be cleaned. You can use a clean microfiber cloth dipped in soap water and clean the outer surface well.
With the help of a sponge, clean the crumb tray thoroughly.
Pro Tip: If you are having any issues with cleaning the knobs and buttons, the best trick is to use a toothbrush. Not only will you save time, but also end up with a cleaner toaster.
Step 6: Get Rid of Grease
Thought we had forgotten about the stubborn grease?
No, we did not. Once you have cleaned it thoroughly from the outside, it is time to take down the dirty grease.
With a scouring pad, you can fight the grease. Dip it in dishwashing soap and get down to work. Scrub well.
Pro Tip: Remember, you need to scrub with a light hand. Don’t be too hard or you can end up putting scratch marks on the toaster.
Step 7: Wipe the Toaster Dry
Already looks nice, doesn’t it?
Take a clean, dry microfiber cloth and gently wipe the toaster.
Pro Tip: Leave it to air dry for a while.
Step 8: Add Extra Shine
Now that you are at it, why not give it an extra shine? For this, take vinegar and dip the cloth in it. Just give it a little swipe and let it air dry.
Step 9: Plug It Back In
Once you are sure that the toaster is dry inside out, you can then plug it back in.
Pro Tip: To ensure that it gets enough time to air dry, you can clean it at night. That will give it a couple of hours to sit.
Step 10: Appreciate Your Results
WOW! That looks as good as new, doesn’t it?
Stand back and give yourself a pat on the back for doing such a good job in such little time.
How Often Should You Clean Out Your Toaster?
Even though it depends on the usage, cleaning it frequently will save you from having to scrub it rigorously later.
So, if you have a big family and use the toaster daily, it is best to clean it on alternate days or even daily if possible.
On the other hand, if you don’t use it on a daily basis, you can easily clean it once a week to keep it in-shape and tip top.
How to Shine Up the Exterior
Once you are done with the interior, let’s focus on shining up the exterior. Let’s face it, no one is going to come and look inside the interior, they are going to compliment you on the exterior.
So, the best way to shine it up is to make a 1:1 solution of vinegar and warm water. If there are dark brown stains, you can rub baking soda on it too.
In the case of brown stains, follow the method explained below:
- Sprinkle and rub a little baking soda on the dark brown/brown stains
- If the grease is too stubborn, make a thick solution of baking soda and water and put the paste to sit for a while
- Next, rub a damp cloth of plain water and the stains will go away.
Now that you know how to clean out a toaster, you can put your recently attained knowledge to use. Overall, it is hardly going to take you 10 minutes to clean the entire thing.
So, what are you waiting for?
I hope this guide makes cleaning out your toaster easier!