Depending on how often you use your toaster, the pros at Clean My Space recommend you clean it every few weeks and give it a deep scrub once a month. If you use it daily, however, consider cleaning it out once every week. Accumulation of crumbs at the bottom and on the toaster’s coils can give your food a burnt taste, make your appliance smelly and may even cause fires.
What you need
- Dishwashing soap
- Cream of tartar
- Small toothbrush or pastry brush
- Soft sponge
- Microfiber cloth
Step 1: Before you begin the process, make sure your toaster is unplugged and cooled down.
Step 2: Carefully remove the crumb tray from beneath the toaster and dump out all crumbs in the garbage can or into the sink. Dampen the microfiber cloth and wipe the tray clean. If there are breadcrumbs still stuck on there, soak the tray in warm and soapy water until the food bits loosen. Wash the tray with a soft sponge and let it air dry.
Step 3: Shake the toaster out to get any crumbs that may be clinging to the appliance’s coils.
Step 4: Because the toaster’s coils are not detachable, you’ll need to break out a small toothbrush or pastry brush to scrub out any burnt bits that won’t come out. Dampen your toothbrush as you go and make sure to start from the bottom and work your way down. Note: Place a piece of paper towel under the toaster so you don’t get crumbs all over your kitchen counter.
Step 5: If your particular toaster has a stainless steel exterior, you can make a cream of tartar paste to scrub off any grease stains that may have popped on there. Otherwise, use a damp soft sponge to clean the exterior.
Step 6: Wipe down using a microfiber cloth.