Toast on blue plate with butter
Kitchen Cleaning

How to Clean a Toaster

Toasters need a deep cleaning from time to time. Learn how to safely remove crumbs, melted wrappers, & more with this guide on 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 with any electrical item, there are certain precautions you need to take when cleaning a toaster and we’ve put together this handy how-to guide to help you through it.

To take your bread toaster from black and burnt to clean and fresh in seven easy steps, you will need:

  • A soft toothbrush
  • A sponge or microfiber cloth
  • Dishwashing liquid, like Vim
  • Nail varnish remover (if you have melted plastic to get rid of)

How to Clean a Bread 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 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 bits on it, go ahead and put it back in the toaster.
  4. If the tray still has residual crumbs on it, use a sponge and a little washing up liquid to scrub away the sticky bits. A mix of warm water and a little Vim will do the trick! Be sure to dry it completely before putting it back in the toaster.
  5. With the toaster still unplugged and the crumb tray in place, 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. 

What about how to clean toasters plagued by 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!

  1. Wipe the outside of the toaster down with your sponge or microfibre cloth. Wipe dry, or allow it to air dry.
  2. Move your clean toaster back to its home in your kitchen and enjoy!

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.

We recommend


Regular attention to a ‘mostly’ clean toaster will lengthen its lifespan – and always result in deliciously crispy toast! A wet cloth and a little bit of Vim will work wonders.

Safety Warning


Make sure your appliances (pop up toasters and otherwise!) are unplugged and far removed from any source of electricity before cleaning.