How to clean a toaster

The secret to great toast is a clean toaster. If you’ve ever wondered how to clean the inside of a toaster then follow these 7 tips and learn the secrets.


How to clean a toaster

Many of us take the humble toaster for granted. After all, when you’re rushing to get to work in the morning and need a satisfying breakfast when time is short, shoving a couple of bits of bread in the toaster is almost second nature.

However, a toaster often isn’t cleaned as much as it should be. It’s an electrical item so it needs to be handled with care – but that doesn’t mean that cleaning a toaster needs to be difficult. Discover how to take your toaster from black and burnt to clean and fresh in seven easy steps.

You will need:

  • Soft toothbrush
  • Kitchen roll
  • Sponge or microfibre cloth
  • Water
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Nail varnish remover (if you have melted plastic to get rid of)


  1. Unplug the toaster

    First things first, always unplug the toaster before you start.

  2. Clean the inside with toothbrush

    Clean the inside of the toaster first as this is likely to be the messiest part. To do this, simply use your dry, soft toothbrush to brush away any crumbs. Work from top to bottom by gently inserting the toothbrush into the bread slots.

  3. Remove the crumb tray

    Now that the sides are clean, remove the crumb tray and dump the contents into the bin.

    Step 3: Dumping toaster reamining bread crumbs
  4. Clean the crumb tray

    If the tray only had dry, crispy bits on it, go ahead and put it back in the toaster – but if it still has remnants of toastings past, use a sponge or cloth and a little washing-up liquid to scrub away the sticky bits.

    Be sure to dry the crumb tray completely before putting it back in the toaster.

    Step 4: Cleaning toaster tray
  5. Shake the toaster upside down over sink

    With the toaster still unplugged and the crumb tray intact, turn the toaster upside down over the sink and give it a little shake to remove any hidden crumbs. Use a sheet of kitchen roll to wipe up the crumbs and put them in the bin before rinsing your sink.

    Make sure to keep the toaster and its power lead away from the water.

  6. Remove any melted pastic

    Is your toaster clean but plagued by some unsightly plastic melted on the top, probably thanks to a rogue bit of bread bag? Just use a little nail polish remover on a cotton swab or cloth and rub it away.

    Always remember to test any cleaning method on a small area first, though.

    Step 6: Removing melted plastic from toaster
  7. Wash the outside of the toaster

    Wipe the outside of the toaster down with your sponge or microfibre cloth. Wipe dry, or allow it to air dry.

You can also follow our quick video guide on how to clean a toaster below: