how to clean a toaster

How to Clean a Toaster

Are you tired of dealing with burnt crumbs and a smelly toaster?

Well, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered!

In this article, we’re going to show you how to clean your toaster like a pro, so you can enjoy perfectly toasted bread every time.

All you’ll need is a damp cloth, a dry cloth, a toothbrush or small brush, and a vacuum cleaner (optional).

So, grab your toaster and let’s get started!


Why Should You Clean Your Toaster Regularly?

dirty toaster

Cleaning your toaster regularly is essential for a number of reasons.

For one thing, it ensures that your toaster lasts for a long time and that it continues to work properly. A dirty toaster can cause the heating elements to malfunction and can even be a fire hazard.

Additionally, cleaning your toaster regularly can prevent unpleasant odours and will ensure that you always have perfectly toasted bread.

It also makes your food more hygienic and prevents any unwanted residue or crumbs from ending up on your bread.

On top of this, it can also help you to save money in the long run since you won’t have to replace your toaster as often.

Regular cleaning is a small task that can make a big difference in the overall performance and lifespan of your toaster.


How to Clean a Toaster

So, first things first, unplug your toaster and let it cool down completely before you start cleaning. You don’t want to burn yourself or damage your toaster while it’s still hot.

1. Remove and empty the crumb tray

crumb tray

Check if your toaster has a crumb tray, if it does, remove it and empty the crumbs into the trash. This is an essential step because it gets rid of the bulk of the debris before you start scrubbing.


2. Clean the slots

Time to get into the nitty-gritty. Use a toothbrush or small brush to clean the slots of the toaster. Brush out any crumbs or debris that may be stuck inside.

If you have a few stubborn crumbs stuck in the slots, grab a butter knife or chopstick and gently scrape them out. This is a handy trick that saves you from having to use a brush or toothpick in tight spaces.

It’s vital that you remember to turn off your toaster when using metal objects to clean the inside of your toaster, as the electrical current can pass through and, potentially, be fatal.

If you have a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool, use it to suction out any remaining crumbs or debris from the slots. This will make sure that your toaster is spotless.


3. Clean the exterior

wiping toaster exterior

Now, take your damp cloth and wipe down the exterior of the toaster, including the sides and bottom.

Make sure to wring out the cloth well so it’s not too wet. You don’t want to damage the toaster or leave water inside.

Once you’re done, use a dry cloth to dry the exterior of the toaster.


4. Finishing touches

Finally, put back the crumb tray and plug the toaster back in.

To make sure everything is working properly, enjoy slice of toast and a cup of tea (optional, but highly recommended).

With these simple and easy steps, you now have a clean toaster.



Toaster Cleaning Hacks

Next are some tricks and ideas for make cleaning your toaster even more hassle-free. Try them out in combination with the step-by-step guide outlined previously.

1. Shake to remove crumbs

If you still have some crumbs stuck inside the toaster after you’ve cleaned it, try shaking it upside down over the sink or a trash can.

This will help remove any remaining crumbs that are hiding in the nooks and crannies of the toaster. It’s a quick and easy hack that will save you time and effort.


2. Vinegar and water for the exterior

clean toaster with vinegar and water solution

For a natural and effective way to clean the exterior of your toaster, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Spray the solution on the exterior of the toaster, leaving it to sit for a few minutes to work its magic, and then wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Then, dry it with a clean cloth. The vinegar will help remove any stains and will leave your toaster shiny.


3. Burning the crumbs

If you still have some crumbs stuck inside the toaster, try this trick: put a piece of bread in the toaster and toast it on the lowest setting.

The crumbs will burn up and the toast will absorb any remaining crumbs. Repeat the process until the toaster is clean.


4. Warm, soapy water for the crumb tray

The crumb tray is an essential part of your toaster that needs regular cleaning.

To make sure it’s spotless, clean it with warm, soapy water and a scrub brush.

Rinse it well and dry it thoroughly before putting it back in the toaster. This will help prevent any unwanted odours or stains.


5. Bicarbonate of soda for burnt crumbs

Got some tough stains or burnt on crumbs?

Try this hack: make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, and use it to scrub the toaster.

The abrasive properties of bicarbonate of soda will help remove the stains, and the paste will not damage the toaster.

You can also add a few drops of lemon juice to the paste for an extra cleaning boost and a fresh scent. The acidity of the lemon juice can help remove the stains and neutralise the odours.

using dryer sheet to clean toaster exterior


6. Dryer sheet for the exterior

Finally, once you’ve cleaned the toaster, use a dryer sheet to wipe down the exterior.

Not only will your toaster look clean, it will also smell fresh.

You can also place a dryer sheet in the toaster between uses, this will help keep it smelling fresh and also prevent crumbs from sticking.

It’s a simple hack that will make a big difference in the long run.



electric toaster

Well, there you have it!

You now know how to clean your toaster like a pro.

Remember, regular cleaning is important to ensure that your toaster lasts for a long time, and that you always have perfectly toasted bread. Plus, it’s a great way to get rid of the crumbs and unpleasant odours.

Don’t forget to unplug your toaster and let it cool down before cleaning it.

And don’t hesitate to use the cleaning hacks we’ve shared to make your cleaning even more efficient. Now, go ahead and enjoy your perfectly cleaned toaster!