How to Clean a Toaster

How to Clean a Toaster

Be honest- when was the last time you gave your toaster a proper clean? We’re all guilty of not always giving this essential kitchen appliance the TLC it deserves. But if you don’t clean your toaster often enough, it could result in more than just the lingering smell of burnt crumbs every time you make toast. A build-up of crumbs could end up eating into the lifespan of your appliance. Not to worry, though, as we’ve put together the following step-by-step guide on how to keep your toaster clean.


  1. Unplug and Empty: Before you start, make sure you unplug your toaster from the mains. If your model has a removable crumb tray, take this out and give it a good shake over the bin. If not, then just tip the toaster itself upside down and give it a gentle tap to dislodge any trapped crumbs.

  2. Wipe Down the Exterior: Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of your toaster. Pay attention to handles, dials, and any other nooks and crannies where crumbs might hide. For stainless steel toasters, a mixture of vinegar and water or specialized stainless steel cleaner can help restore its shine.

  3. Deep Clean the Interior: To get into the hard-to-reach places, use a small, soft brush (like a toothbrush) to dislodge crumbs from the toaster slots. Be gentle, and make sure the brush is dry- otherwise you could end up damaging the heating elements. You could also use compressed air to dislodge any particularly stubborn crumbs.

  4. Clean the Crumb Tray: If your toaster has a removable crumb tray, wash it with warm, soapy water. Make sure the tray is completely dry before reinserting it into the toaster.

You don’t need to clean your toaster every time you use it, of course. But by keeping the crumb tray and giving it the occasional deep-clean, you'll keep your toaster looking pristine and performing at its best. A clean toaster not only ensures a better tasting breakfast but also minimizes the risk of fire hazards. Happy toasting!

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