How to Clean and Maintain Your Toaster Properly

Congratulations on your newly acquired toaster! Now I imagine you are enjoying looking at its shiny, undamaged exterior, not to mention its super-clean interior. And then, I imagine you are a bit sad that it won’t last forever. Well, it wouldn’t be a shame if you knew how to clean a toaster properly now, would it?

man cleaning a toaster

And what if I told you that it can stay nearly the same for years to come?

That’s right, with just a few maintenance and cleaning tips that you can apply, your toaster will always be in top shape, just like when you bought it.

Toaster Maintenance: Cleaning and Care Guidelines

Below you will find several important maintenance tips on how to preserve your toaster properly, so it can be a faithful server for many years to come.

  1. Unplug Your Toaster

First things first. Before you even think about attempting any form of toaster maintenance, you’ll want to unplug your toaster. We’re not saying you’re clumsy, but, you know, better to be safe than sorry.

If you want to be extra safe, unplug the toaster from the electricity outlet completely.

  1. The Great Crumb Evacuation

One of the major causes of toaster demise is the dreaded crumb buildup. No wonder, these little annoying remains can be difficult to remove. But fear not, for we have some top-notch tips for battling these bready bad boys.

  • Step 1: Locate the crumb tray. Yes, that’s right, your toaster has a built-in crumb collector. Who knew?
  • Step 2: Carefully slide out the crumb tray, being sure not to spill its contents all over your counter. It’s a mess, not a modern art installation.
  • Step 3: Empty the tray into the trash, and give it a gentle wash with warm, soapy water. Be sure to dry it thoroughly, as wet trays and toasters don’t mix.
  1. The Interior Spruce Up

Despite the best intentions of the crumb tray, some rogue crumbs will inevitably find their way to the depths of your toaster. This is especially annoying with small toasters, but nevertheless, they can be removed. Here’s how to root them out:

  • Step 1: Turn your toaster upside down (while unplugged, remember?) and give it a good shake. This should help dislodge any sneaky crumbs.
  • Step 2: Using a soft brush or a clean, dry cloth, gently clean any remaining crumbs from the interior. Resist the urge to use a fork or any metal utensils – poking around with metal inside your toaster is a recipe for disaster.

Tips 2 and 3 are the main guides on how to clean a toaster inside. Now onto the exterior.

  1. The Exterior Makeover

Remember how I talked about that shiny exterior? Your toaster deserves to look its best, so let’s give it a well-earned polish.

  • Step 1: Wipe the exterior with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or smudges. You can use a mild soap if necessary, but remember to rinse it off and avoid getting any water inside the toaster.
  • Step 2: Buff the surface with a dry cloth to give it a nice shine. Your toaster will be the envy of all the other kitchen appliances.
  1. Reassemble and Toast On!

No doubt that your toaster is squeaky-clean right now, so let’s put it back together properly.

  • Step 1: Slide the crumb tray back into place. Just like a puzzle, but with fewer pieces.
  • Step 2: Plug in your toaster and revel in its newfound cleanliness. Your toast has never tasted better.

Tips one through five were the most important cleaning tips. Now let’s make sure to maintain it properly and regularly.

  1. Keep It Safe and Sound

Now that you bask in the glory of your immaculate toaster, don’t forget to keep it safe from harm. Your little kitchen helper needs protection too!

  • Step 1: Store your toaster in a cool, dry place when not in use. No one wants a soggy toaster, after all.
  • Step 2: Keep your toaster away from the edge of the counter to avoid any tragic countertop plunges.

I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but I felt obligated to point out these tips as well, who knows, maybe it’s your very first toaster.

  1. Regular Check-ups: Be the Toaster Doctor

Your toaster may not require a medical degree, but it does need regular check-ups to ensure it stays in top form.

  • Step 1: Inspect the power cord for any fraying or damage. A faulty cord can lead to less-than-ideal electrical situations.
  • Step 2: Keep an eye (or ear) out for any unusual noises or performance issues. If you sense something’s amiss, it’s time to investigate or consult your toaster’s trusty manual.

NOTE: If you feel like your toaster doesn’t work properly, whether it’s because the making of the toast takes too long, or you see a lot of sparks going around (a few sparks near the control switch are normal and okay), turn off the toaster immediately, unplug it, and have it repaired.

Before you run to the nearest repairman, first, check with the store from which the toaster was purchased – you might be eligible for a free replacement or repair.

  1. The Art of Toasting: A Few Parting Tips

Now that your toaster is clean, shiny, and well-cared for, let’s not forget about the art of toasting itself.

  • Step 1: Experiment with the browning settings to find your perfect level of toastiness. You’ve earned it.
  • Step 2: Don’t overload your toaster with oversized bread, bagels, or other bulky items. Treat your toaster with the respect it deserves.

The Bottom Line

I believe these are the main and most important cleaning and maintenance tips that will without a doubt prolong the life of your toaster. It will also remain shiny and beautiful, not to mention thankful. You know what they say: #ToastersHaveFeelingsToo .