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

The secret to great toast is a clean toaster, but just how do you go about cleaning this kitchen essential? As an electrical item, there are certain precautions you need to take when you clean a toaster and we’ve put together this hand how-to guide to help you through it.

Taking your toaster from black and burnt to clean and fresh in seven easy steps, you’ll soon be the proud owner of a glistening toaster.

You will need:

  • A soft toothbrush
  • A sponge or microfibre cloth
  • Washing-up liquid or a multipurpose cleaning product like Cif.
  • Nail varnish remover (if you have melted plastic to get rid of)
Regular attention to a ‘mostly’ clean toaster will lengthen its lifespan – and always result in deliciously crispy toast!

How to clean a toaster

  1. First things first, when you want to know how to clean toaster appliances and other electrical, always unplug it before you start. We recommend moving it near the sink to minimise the clean up afterwards too.
  2. You’ll want to clean the inside of the toaster first as this is likely to be the messiest part. To learn how to clean the inside of a toaster, 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. Now that the sides are clean, remove the crumb tray and dump the contents into the bin. If the tray only had dry, crispy bits on it, go ahead and put it back in the toaster.
  4. If the tray still has remnants of toastings past, use a sponge and a little washing-up liquid to scrub away the sticky bits. Be sure to dry it completely before putting it back in the toaster.
Make sure your appliances (toasters and otherwise!) are unplugged and far removed from any source of electricity before cleaning.

5. 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 or a clean cloth 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.


Is your toaster clean but plagued by some unsightly plastic melted onto the top? (We’ve all been a little eager to toast bread straight out of the 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 in a small area first, though.

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


7. Move your clean toaster back to its home in your kitchen and enjoy!

If you’re short for time, simply follow our quick video guide below on how to clean a toaster.

So, there you have it. If you’ve been asking “how do you clean the inside of a toaster?” or wondering what the best way to remove that melted plastic from the outside is, now you know.

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