How To Get The Inside Of Your Toaster Oven Sparkling Clean

When it comes to cleaning, toaster ovens are often forgotten about. Nevertheless, their interiors frequently end up full of crumbs and covered in grease. Thankfully, cleaning your toaster oven should be rather simple. With some water and dish soap, plus vinegar or baking soda, your toaster oven will shine like when it was new. When cleaning this appliance, it's best to avoid using abrasive scrubbers or steel wool, as they can ruin enamel that often coats the inside of toaster ovens.

To start cleaning your toaster oven, unplug the machine and pull out the rack, baking tray, and crumb tray. These items can all be washed separately in the sink with dish soap and hot water. If you haven't cleaned your toaster oven in a long time, they might have food burnt into them. You can loosen the debris by leaving these parts in your sink to soak. Wait for 30 minutes, and if they're still too difficult to scrub clean, allow them to sit in the water and soap until the next day.

Getting rid of crumbs and grease

Once you've removed all the detachable pieces from your toaster oven, hold it above your trash bin or sink and shake it carefully to knock out any crumbs the same way you would when you clean your non-oven toaster. Alternatively, you can take it outside before shaking to avoid accidentally ending up with crumbs all over your floor. Now, you're ready to start cleaning. Try mixing a little warm water, a few drops of dish soap, and white vinegar in a bowl. Dip a sponge or cloth in the cleaner and squeeze it out so that it's damp rather than sopping wet. This will help to prevent the heating coils from getting wet. Lightly scrub the inside of your toaster oven with the rag or sponge until the grease lifts away.

If you prefer not to use vinegar, you can make a paste with baking soda and water. Stir small amounts of water into a bit of baking soda until it has a thick consistency. Rub the paste over the inside of your toaster oven, but not the heating elements. This mixture can sit for a while to help loosen the burnt-on food, or you could try scrubbing right away. If your toaster oven doesn't come out perfectly clean at first, try repeating your process.