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How to Clean a Toaster

The secret to good toast is keeping your toaster clean, and it only takes a few minutes of your time.


  • Step 1: Bring toaster to sink Unplug the toaster and set it near a sink to minimize clean up.
  • : Never immerse your toaster -- or any electrical appliance -- in water.
  • Step 2: Brush off crumbs Insert the brush into the toaster slots to gently brush the crumbs off the metal parts inside, moving from top to bottom.
  • Step 3: Empty crumb tray Lift the toaster, remove the crumb tray underneath, and dump the crumbs into your sink.
  • Step 4: Clean tray Clean the tray with the sponge and mild soap or dishwashing solution. Rinse and dry the tray before you put it back.
  • TIP: If the tray isn't dirty, just brush the crumbs off and insert it back into the toaster.
  • Step 5: Shake toaster To get any remaining crumbs out, turn the toaster upside down over the sink and shake it a few times.
  • Step 6: Clean outside of toaster Wipe the outside of your toaster clean with a little diluted vinegar on the cloth.
  • TIP: If any bits of plastic bags or containers have melted onto the toaster’s exterior, apply a little nail polish remover and then wipe it off.
  • Step 7: Enjoy Admire your toaster -- it looks like new!
  • FACT: Before electric toasters were invented, people toasted their bread over an open fire, using a long-handled fork or metal frame.

You Will Need

  • A soft
  • clean brush
  • A sponge
  • Mild soap or dishwashing solution
  • A soft
  • clean cloth
  • Vinegar
  • Nail polish remover

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