How to Clean the Toaster

I actually don’t use my toaster all that often, but leave it on the counter in of the fateful day when I buy some English muffins (with some spread and apricot jam, YUM). So, mine doesn’t get quite dirty enough, fast enough, for it to scream “Clean Me!!” Honestly, the toaster is just covered in crumbs right, just a quick wipe down will clean the toaster right? Wrong, I actually touched the toaster not on the lever thingy and realized that it was sticky. How does this thing get so sticky and grimy?!? I also say that about everything else in my house too. Ugh. While the source of the sticky and grime will remain a mystery, although possibly tied to someone’s fingers, I have a great tip on how to clean the toaster.

As you can see in the photo above the toaster looks not to bad, however, between the dust, crumbs and seemingly harmless water stains is a nice layer of butter goo, crystallized jam and other nonsense. I have included a photo for your… pleasure? To get this goo off you will need:

  • Hot soapy water
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Magic eraser
  • to unplug the toaster

  1. Wipe down the outside of the toaster with the cleaning cloth and the hot soapy water. If all of the stuff doesn’t come off, leave it; the magic eraser will do the heavy duty removal
  2. Pull out the crumb tray and wipe it down with the hot, soapy water and cloth. Yes, there is a crumb tray located at the bottom of the toaster.
  3. Take a magic eraser and scrub the stubborn goo off everything like the metal top part and the crumb tray.

    See it’s gone! The magic eraser easily removes the butter and jam goo from the metal top.
  4. Dry the crumb tray and put it back in the toaster.

Voila, clean toaster! While I’m pretty sure that this has no effect on how well the toaster toasts toast but it does improve the visual appeal of the toaster and the ick factor. This is probably not as in-depth of a how to clean the toaster, but this is going to get most of the major stuff off of the toaster, which will take care of regular and preferred use. 🙂

Happy Cleaning!