Toaster Oven Cleaning Hacks and Simple Cleaning Guide

Is your toaster oven dirty? Do you have some grease build-up that you’re starting to get concerned about? Have you decided to finally conquer the task of cleaning it out? There’s no need to be concerned since we’ve got some great toaster oven cleaning hacks that will make your job a cinch.

Additionally, you can always refer to our cleaning guide if you need any help during the cleaning process. Our guide lists the supplies you’ll need and shows you how to clean both the inside and outside. We have also included some bonus tips to keep it cleaner for a longer period of time (and thereby hopefully reduce the amount of times you have to clean it out!)

Toaster Oven Cleaning Hacks – Step by Step Guide

Even though it comes with the specific name “toaster oven”, it does just so much more than making toast. Therefore, cleaning it can be a daunting job.

Try taking a peek inside; ewww! Do you see all that?

Food splatters are all over from the ceiling to the floor? Gross!

Now, you must get rid of the grease, food items, and crumbs. Not only will this promote cleanliness and hygiene, it could prevent the risk of a mishap. Leftover items can catch fire and be hazardous.

That’s right, it can be dangerous to leave food buildup inside your toaster oven.

You don’t need a bunch of fancy tools to clean your toaster oven. Our cleaning hacks use common things you can find around your house.

After cleaning, your toaster oven can be almost as good as new and shiny like a new trophy on your countertop.

Today I will be showing you some toaster oven cleaning hacks you can use to clean this small kitchen appliance. We hope that this step-by-step guide will make the cleaning process easier for you.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Make sure you have all the supplies ready. What fun would it be if you started the cleaning process and then realized that you didn’t have all the supplies?

Therefore, it is important to have the following things ready:

  • Dish soap or vinegar
  • Glass cleaner
  • Newspaper
  • Sponge
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Gloves if your skin is sensitive
  • Warm and hot water (separately)
  • Clean towel
  • Toothbrush

Pro Tip: Even though it seems very tempting, DON’T go for an oven cleaner. First, it’ll to cost more. Second, they are not suitable to be used on aluminum surfaces.

Step 2: Unplug and Stay Safe

Any time you are attempting to clean your toaster oven, it is imperative that the equipment is unplugged.

No, just turning it off won’t suffice!

Pro Tip: ALWAYS take the plug out of the socket to be safe.

Step 3: Disassemble

Once done, take out all the removable parts.

Pro Tip: Place a newspaper below the toaster oven. Due to this, the countertop will remain free of all crumbs. Once the cleaning process is completed, you can get rid of the newspaper and your countertop will remain nice and clean.

You can easily remove the following parts:

  • Baking pan
  • Rack
  • Crumb tray

Next, with the help of a clean cloth, wipe all the crumbs off. You can put them on newspaper.

Pro Tip: For the corners, go over them with a clean, dry toothbrush. Rub with a little force. This will dislodge the crumbs stuck in the corner.

Step 4: Clean the Parts

Clean all these parts with a solution of dishwashing soap and warm water. Use a sponge to clean well. You can also clean with a dishwashing cloth.

Pro Tip: NEVER use a scouring pad. It will ruin the parts and leave them scratched.

Step 5: Scrub the Exterior

Dip a clean microfiber cloth in a solution of vinegar and water. Lightly clean the entire exterior of the toaster oven. Next, move up to the glass door. Spray some glass cleaner on the glass door and wipe it clean.

WOW! Check out that nice clean shine!

Step 6: Sparkle up the Interior

Make a solution of water and dishwashing soap, dip a soft sponge in it and clean the interior.

Pro Tip: Start from the ceiling, so all the mess falls on the floor of the toaster and you can wipe it away.

Step 7: Wipe off the Heating Equipment

Use a damp cloth to clean the heating equipment of the toaster oven. Be sure to let it air dry for half a day before you use it.

You DO NOT want to end up with a short circuit!

Pro Tip: Try cleaning at night. This way, the toaster oven will have ample time to air dry well.

Step 8: Reassemble

After everything is done, dried up and good to go, reassemble it. Put all the parts back. It is helpful to consult the manual here.

Step 9: Plug it in

To be one the safe side, give it a few hours to dry completely. Once dry, plug it back in

Step 10: Admire it

Yes, this is also important. Stand back and admire your hard work. Paid off, didn’t it?

Tips and Tricks to Keep It Cleaner Longer

Even though the method we have described above is very simple, easy to execute and does not require any expensive supplies, we are sharing some simple tips to keep it clean longer.

·       If you have a crumb tray, try lining it with a reusable liner.

·       Make it a point to clean it after every use. This will stop the loose crumbs from burning inside after multiple uses. Once the loose crumbs have burned for a long time, they become hard to clean.

·       NEVER place plastic bags near the toaster oven. This will cause the plastic to melt and stick to it. Thus, making it troublesome to clean.

Bonus Tips

Oops! Did that just happen? No worries, we have included a bonus tip for getting rid of that too.

·       If plastic gets stuck to the exterior, let it cool down and unplug the toaster oven.

·       On a sponge, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda. Wipe the toaster oven and scrub a little. Repeat the process till all the plastic comes off.

·       Finally, dab a cotton ball in nail polish remover and clean it with that. Repeat with new cotton balls until it all comes off.


In a nutshell, we have told you about how to clean your toaster oven. This process is affordable and simple. We hope that these toaster oven cleaning hacks and the included step-by-step guide will make this whole process less daunting. Now that the work’s done it’s time to go enjoy a nice cold glass of some sweet tea!

Wondering how to clean out a toaster? If so, check our guide on how to clean out a toaster.

Do you like baked sweet potatoes? Learn how to bake a sweet potato in a toaster oven with our guide here.

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