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How to easily clean your filthy toaster

Filed Under: in the kitchen, cleaning


It's shocking these days what maintaining your life actually entails. I clean daily, but behind every shiny surface lies a secret or two. Just take a look at my toaster. This is one of those small appliances that you get away with cleaning on the surface for a few months -- then one day you realize you better tackle it before something starts growing in there. Yes, you can clean the inside too.

Here's how:
First, make sure the unit is unplugged and completely cool. To get rid of those annoying crumbs stuck in the bottom of the toaster, slide the tray out (or pull it down) and wipe it thoroughly -- you may need to wash the tray if it's been longer than a few months -- then blast the interior with a hair dryer (or computer-keyboard cleaner). Do this over a trash bag or even bring the toaster outside.

Close the tray and hold it upside down to make sure you got everything. Don't forget to wipe down the exterior with a soft cloth that has been dampened a bit with water & dish-washing soap. The chrome surfaces can be wiped down with a little all-purpose cleaner sprayed on a cloth. Don't spray into the unit, just spray the cloth as you want to control where your cleaning solution goes.


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  • npkeith

    I've found that oven cleaner works really well to remove the really baked on stuff, with a few caveats: 1: Wear a mask and gloves, the stuff is toxic. 2: it will discolor/etch aluminum. 3: you need a lot of water to wash the stuff off, which means you have to be extra careful to dry off electrical equipment.

    Spray the oven cleaner onto an old toothbrush for more accurate application.

    The stuff also works great to get the brown film off of coffee pots - spray it on, let it sit 10-15 minutes, wash it off with hot soapy water, rinse well (or run it through the dishwasher...)

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  • Jen

    Try this scouring product: http://www.shaklee.net/good_health/product/00430
    It's nontoxic and biodegradeable. It's great for ovens, grills, and it is terrific at removing soap scum from the tub. You only need a little of the paste with plenty of water. It lasts practically forever.

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