How to Clean Your Crumby Little Toaster

Nearly every household in the US has a toaster but how many of them cleaned properly? Improperly cleaned toasters can very hazardous and can cause fires. In this blog, we will go over how to clean your crumby little toaster! More specifically, how to clean a toaster and how to clean a toaster oven. Need more than just that toaster cleaned? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Contact your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!

Photo Cred: Duncan Hall on Flickr

Photo Cred: Duncan Hall on Flickr

Traditional Toasters

Unplug the Toaster 

This seems to be a no brainer but people forget this very important step often. Please don’t get burned or electrocuted. Turn off and unplug the toaster.

Clean the Inside

Insert large salt crystals through the toast slots. Cover toast slots with greaseproof paper and fasten with elastic or tape. Shake the toaster a few times to circulate the salt. The salt will clean the toaster by helping to force out crumbs as you shake. You can also clean the toast slots with an old toothbrush or using compressed air.

The crumb tray will either come off all the way or at least open up with a gentle pull. Dump the crumbs in the trash. Then wipe the tray clean by dipping your rag or sponge in vinegar or ammonia. Wring it out so it’s not dripping and scrub away. Use a toothbrush to get any hard to reach areas.

Clean the outside 

Be sure to wipe the sides, top and even bottom of the toaster clean. If your toaster is made of stainless steel, you may want to use vinegar or ammonia as opposed to soap to prevent streaks and get rid of any fingerprints. For really tough stuck-on stains, use a bit of baking soda to scrub off gently. Use a non-scratching sponge or wiping cloth on the toaster to prevent scratches.

Start by unplugging the toaster oven, and taking on the easy-to-dump debris first. Simply shake any crumbs or other food particles into the trash.

Toaster Ovens

Shake It Up

Unplug the toaster oven and shake any crumbs (or other food particles) into the trash.

Clean the inside

Remove all racks and pans. Spray them and the crumb tray with all-purpose cleaner. Use a non-abrasive scrubbing sponge to scrub to clean off debris.

Remove buildup

To tackle the oven itself, spray a scrubber sponge (or a regular sponge, if the interior is non-stick) with more cleaner. And avoid cleaning the heating elements inside.” Wipe the exterior as well, including the glass door.

by Molly Maid