How to Clean a Toaster – 8 Quick Steps


One simple question that has been asked across the community time and time again and that is how do you clean a toaster so if you need some help in getting this particular job done, then make sure to follow the 8 quick steps outlined below.

A toaster is one of the simplest appliances in the kitchen and it is also the most used. There is hardly any home where the ever so reliable toaster is not used every day. But how many of us even think of cleaning it regularly? Not many, I am afraid so here is an easy way to clean your toaster so that is will be maintained and continues to operate as you need it for the years ahead.

Materials needed to Clean a Toaster:

  • Small brush
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Dish towel
  • Q-tips
  • Vinegar

If you need some help is getting these materials, then take a quick look at some of the cleaning products here by clicking on any of the images provided below…

Steps for How to Clean a Toaster:

Step 1:

Unplug the toaster from electrical mains and let it cool completely.

Step 2:

Determine where you want to clean the toaster as it will contain a lot of crumbs, so either do it over the sink or better yet spread few old newspapers on the floor or countertop to ensure that the crumbs do not fall all over the place.

Step 3:

Most toasters have a crumb tray at the bottom. Pull it out. In most toasters this tray is removable. Remove all crumbs from the tray and discard them in the bin. Clean the crumbs tray thoroughly with the brush. If any crumbs still stick to it then use some dishwashing liquid with water to loosen the crumbs and clean them away.

Step 4:

Now turn the toaster upside down and give it a good shake. Use the brush to enter from the bread slots to dislodge any crumbs sticking to the sides. Work from top to bottom gently using the soft brush. Be careful as the sides have the electrical heating wires. If these are damaged then your toaster will be permanently damaged. Remember never to pour liquid or immerse the toaster in water. It has electrical parts that will be damaged in water. Take care of the power leads so that they do not touch the water.

Step 5:

Use Q-tips dipped in a few drops of dishwashing liquid to clean the knobs and levers. Take special care near the underside of the knobs. The undersides are a sure place where dirt and gunk accumulate over time.

Step 6:

Wipe the outside of the toaster with a damp cloth with a little dishwashing liquid. If there are any tough stains add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the cloth and then wipe clean.

Step 7:

Damp a dishcloth with a few drops of vinegar and wipe over the surface of any stainless steel parts. This will give an additional shine to the stainless steel surface.

Step 8:

Once it is dry. Put back the crumbs tray back into its slot. Plug it in the electrical socket. Now your toaster is as good as new for making delicious golden toasts.

Final Tip:

If there is some melted plastic from a polyethylene bread bag, stuck to some part of the toaster, then take a Q-tip and dip in some nail polish remover. Now dab it on the melted plastic and wipe it with a damp cloth to wipe it clean. If the there is a lot of plastic then you have to remove it by using a scraper.


Furthermore, while you are here - feel free to take a closer look at popular Toasters on sale with Wayfair that may be of interest to you by clicking on the image provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning a Toaster by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that other people in the community can learn also!!!


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