Quick Steps For A Squeaky Clean Toaster Oven

Quick Steps For A Squeaky Clean Toaster Oven

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How Long Since Your Last Cleanup?

This small countertop oven that is used to efficiently and easily prepare a wide variety of foods should no doubt be kept as clean as possible since it is oftentimes used as an alternative to heating a larger kitchen oven. Toaster Oven reheats, bakes, broils, toasts, browns, and defrosts small amounts of foods; for all that we benefit from it, the best we can do is to keep it clean for a healthier and longer use. Again, for the sake of safety is it advisable to clean up the crumbs and grease left behind after a sumptuous meal.

Most of us are guilty of using our toaster ovens for days, weeks, and even months without cleaning. All that is about to be past stories as this post will show you the best way to keep your toaster oven squeaky clean, like a brand new one. If you are a daily toaster oven user, try deep cleaning every week.

Let’s Start Cleaning

First, gather the things you will be cleaning your toaster oven with. On the manual of many toaster ovens, you will notice that a soft cloth for scrubbing the crumb tray and baking racks, and diluted vinegar, mild liquid soap & water solution, or a non-abrasive cleaner are recommended. Brillo Pads are frowned at as they tend to scratch the finishes of the toaster ovens.

Also, be cautious not to use oven cleaner as they are not meant for aluminum which is what the interiors of toaster ovens are made of. Your cleaning materials should be a sponge or a soft cloth/rag, mild, liquid dish soap, a small cleaning brush/pastry brush, and water/vinegar solution.

Step By Step Thorough Cleaning

  1. Unplug your toaster oven, allow it to cool down before cleaning. Heads up! Don’t immerse your toaster oven in water. For convenience’s sake, it is a good idea to place your toaster oven in a comfortable position, probably close to a sink.
  2. After you must have removed all the trays and racks in your toaster oven, soak them in soapy water (warm water is still awesome).
  3. Diligently remove the crumbs out of your toaster oven with a dry cloth. Afterward, brush clean, removing any stuck crumbs at the edges of your toaster oven using a small cleaning brush.
  4. Use a slightly damp, soapy cloth to wipe off the non-stick interior of your toaster oven. Remember not to get the heating elements wet.
  5. Scrub out the remaining grime from the trays and racks you soaked in a water solution. In a situation where the racks and trays are terribly dirty, soaking overnight and scrubbing the next day will do a great job.
  6. Before putting the trays and racks in their positions, dry thoroughly with a soft, dry rag.
  7. With a slightly damp sponge and a water and vinegar solution, wipe down the exterior door and outside of your toaster oven.
  8. Don’t forget to clean the control panels as they easily get grimy. Use a damp rag for a toaster with an LCD screen, avoid using abrasive cleansers or dry rag to prevent leaving scratches on the surface.
  9. Before plugging your squeaky clean toaster back to the outlet, make sure all the elements are completely dry.


Because maintenance is key, make it a point of duty to always keep your toaster oven clean. Although many may turn to a self-cleaning toaster oven, it doesn’t mean you won’t have to empty it of crumbs or wipe it down at one point in time. The exciting thing about a self-cleaning toaster oven is that cleaning becomes a breeze. On that note, try out the quick cleaning steps on this page to make your toaster oven ever safe and always in a healthy mode.