How To Clean Your Toaster

We love the smell of toast in the morning but how often do we look at our poor toaster in dismay. Not only could your stainless steel toaster look grubby from all the greasy marks on the side, but also when you pick it up it seems almost a loaf’s worth of bread crumbs fall out. If like me you store your toaster in kitchen storage cupboard then you will know that what is left behind on the shelf could probably feed the birds for a week. Not only this, a clean toaster should be more efficient and not give off that horrible burnt toast smell when you have only just started toasting.

So what is the best way to clean your toaster?

First read the manufacturer’s instructions as some toasters have specific compartments that are not initially obvious. However below is how I clean my lovely 4 slice toaster.

Always unplug your toaster before cleaning and wait for it to cool down. Even when unplugged a toasters outside casing can stay hot for long periods so check it is safe to touch first.

  1. Place an old newspaper on a flat work top surface.
  2. Carefully place the toaster in the centre on the newspaper. If the toaster has a crumb tray (normally at the bottom) then slide this tray out and tip any crumbs onto the paper. If the tray come completely out then wipe with a damp cloth or rinse under some hot water. Dry thoroughly with a soft tea towel.
  3. Gently shake the toaster making sure you have the power cable and plug secured in one hand to ensure it does not damage the toaster or you. You should see plenty of bread crumbs fall onto your newspaper.
  4. While still holding the power cable and plug turn the toaster upside down so the toaster slots are pointing downwards. Again gently shake the toaster.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until all the loose crumbs have been shaken out of the toaster. You may find it helpful to push the carriage lever down and up in case and bread has been trapped in the mechanism. Also try this while the toaster is upside down as this sometimes helps to remove those stubborn pieces of bread to fall out.
  6. Inspect the toaster to ensure it is clean from any trapped bread. Never put a knife or foreign object into the toaster especially when switched on. Not only will this probably damage the toasters element beyond but you could get electrocuted.
  7. Wipe the exterior of the toaster with a damp cloth. Dry immediately with a soft tea towel. If like my 4 slice toaster yours has a stainless steel finish on the outside polish with a soft dry cloth.
  8. Place the toaster on the kitchen top surface and return the crumb tray to the bottom of the toaster.
  9. Make sure the toaster is completely dry before plugging it into a power socket and testing it by toasting a lovely piece of bread.
  10. Finally carefully collect the newspaper up that has all the crumbs on and either dispose of in the bin or even better feed them to the birds.


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