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How to Clean a Toaster


Toaster resting on shelf in the kitchen pantry

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly toasted golden-brown bread with jelly and melting butter? Not only does it taste delicious, but it also sets you up for the day ahead. So, to make sure your toaster is ready to go every morning it needs a thorough clean every now and then. Our guide shows you how to achieve a clean toaster with ease and will surely spur you on to give your granite worktops a clean too! There’ll be no stopping you.

A clean toaster: Here's what you need to look out for

A toaster is a kitchen appliance that works with electricity, so one thing is clear: Water and cleaning agents have no place inside it, otherwise it might not only be your toast that becomes crispy!

Pull the plug

Before you start cleaning the toaster, unplug it and let it cool down if it has just been in use.

Empty the crumb tray

Many new types of toasters catch breadcrumbs in a separate crumb tray. Empty it out before you start cleaning it. Now you can soak the tray and give it a thorough clean. Dry the drawer and, if possible, only put it back in at the end of the cleaning process.

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How get a clean toaster

Now let's get down to it! As delicious as your morning slice of toast tastes, if the toaster has grease spots and crusty bits attached to it, you might have a crumby morning. We don’t want that!

Step 1: Upside down

Even if there’s a crumb tray, breadcrumbs tend to get stuck in the housing. If it doesn’t have an integrated drawer, then this might ring true. To get rid of your breakfast leftovers, turn the toaster upside down over the sink or kitchen table and carefully shake out the crumbs. We’d recommend you lay out newspaper or kitchen paper to protect your surfaces and to catch the crumbs. However, if you don’t have any to hand then simply shake the crumbs out in a neat pile on your kitchen surface and afterwards wipe this clean using Jeyes Multi-Purpose Cleaner. We also have an article on how to clean your sink, which might come in handy after cleaning your toaster.

Step 2: Use a brush for the interior

Some crumbs and other residue might be too stubborn, even after standing the toaster on its head. To clean the inside of your toaster, grab a dry paintbrush, pastry brush, or an old toothbrush.

Brush the heating elements in the housing very carefully. They are sensitive and must be cleaned with care. It’s best not to brush too hard, as you might damage the heating element.

Step 3: Clean the outside of the toaster

Like when you’re cleaning your fridge or other appliances, you will notice that dirt also settles on the outside, especially when an item is in heavy use. It can be anything from grease stains to sticky food residue. 

If you want to clean the housing of the toaster, you should first determine whether it’s made of plastic or stainless steel. What you use to clean the outside of the toaster depends on what it’s made of.

For plastic housings, use a little water plus detergent. For a more delicate stainless-steel casing, you can use a conventional washing up liquid. 

Use a microfiber cloth for cleaning. For a plastic housing, dip the cloth into the water, wipe the surface thoroughly and dry carefully with a second cloth. For a stainless-steel surface, either apply cleaner first and then wipe it down with a wet microfiber cloth or apply the cleaner directly to the cloth for a clean toaster. By the way, you can also use it to clean the bun attachment!