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How to Clean a Toaster in 7 Easy Steps

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Did you know your “freshly” toasted bread might contain bits of plastic and carcinogenic crumbs??

We may use our toasters every day but we almost always forget to clean them, and over time, pieces of plastic, crumbs, and what not build up in them. Our dirty appliances can actually change the taste of the toast and can have serious health implications, and also be an eyesore in the otherwise tidy kitchens.

Cleaning these perky little machines is very easy; it takes less than 15 minutes and requires stuff already in your kitchens. So scroll down and check out the 7 easy steps to clean your toaster!

Things You Will Need To Clean a Toaster

  • Any ordinary dishwashing detergent
  • Some paper (not printed paper)
  • Lemons 
  • A toothbrush (any brush small enough to fit inside will work)
  • A sponge
  • Nail Polish remover
  • A newspaper (or a mat)

Before you begin…

  • Firstly disconnect your toaster from the power supply, also make sure any other connections or mechanisms are not active (such as the spring load). 
  • Do not clean your toaster right after you have used it, as it might still be hot.
  • Use only gentle detergents while cleaning the insides of the toaster.
  • Use water sparingly during the whole process as you wouldn’t want the water short-circuiting the electronics or corroding the metal inside. 
  • Only remove the parts which are meant to be removed, don’t let the inner technician in you take out any other parts and damage the appliance (believe me, been there done that!) 
  • And lastly, be gentle with your toaster!

Let’s Start Cleaning the Toaster

1. Find a clear large enough space, near the sink to clean the toaster; and place a newspaper under it. 

2. Remove the crumb tray and any other removable objects, some toasters might not have a crumb tray but don’t worry we can still clean your toaster. Wash the crumb tray thoroughly and other pieces with a detergent and sponge, wipe them clean and let them dry. 

3. After you have cleaned the removable parts, begin cleaning the toaster by turning it upside down, the loose crumbs would fall off.

To get to the more lodged in parts you will need a brush to get them off; brush through all the interior of the toaster and carefully remove bits from the difficult places. After the inside has been brushed well, turn the toaster upside down and pat it to make the food particles fall off. 

4. Take the paper and roll it on the back of the toothbrush. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze it on the paper roll and put it inside the toaster. Gently twist and turn the paper, make sure it gets to all the places.

Use another clean paper roll and repeat the twisting and turning. The lemon will clean the more sticky and greasy dirt inside. 

5. With the inside properly cleaned, now begin cleaning the exterior, use the sponge to give it a rough clean with water. Then use the detergent to get a more thorough cleansing.

Certain spots such as melted plastic would require a nail polish remover to be cleaned (use the paper instead of a sponge while doing this). 

6. Check your toaster once again for any dirt or grease, if you are satisfied with the cleaning, let the toaster dry on its own and do not turn it on until it has completely dried up.

7. Once the toaster has dried, turn it on and heat it at the lowest setting, this would help you get rid of any bacteria inside the toaster. And your toaster is as clean as a new one!

When should I replace my toaster?

You have to buy a new toaster when:

  • your bread is burnt
  • the bread is not toasted enough even in the right settings
  • you get electric shocks when you touch the toaster
  • the cord of the toaster is frayed
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After reading this guide on cleaning your toaster I’m sure you will be a tad more interested in cleaning it more often.

It is generally said that you must clean their toaster weekly if you’re using it daily but if you find that too cumbersome then try cleaning it every month (if you’re still finding it cumbersome then at least clean the crumb tray and turn it over every month and you’re good to go).

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