A toaster oven is a very handy appliance that you need in your kitchen but is a bit confusing to clean because of the electrical parts that make it not washable in the sink or in the dishwasher. It is a crossover between an oven and a toaster and it used mainly to warm food items through its bake, toast, and broil functions.
If you have not cleaned your toaster oven for a long time, you may be wondering how to clean toaster oven properly. In this post, I am going to shed some light on the proper ways on how to do it, as well as some tips on how to maintain its cleanliness. I hope that after you read this post, you will be able to apply what you learn.
What Do You Need To Clean Toaster Oven?
Cleaning your toaster oven can be a bit of a challenge but with the right materials and tools, it surely will be an easy task to perform. Here are some of the materials you will need in order to clean a dirty toaster oven:
- A cloth
- Dishwashing liquid
- Baking soda
- Nylon scrubber
- White vinegar
- Window cleaner
- Dish soap
- Scrubbing pads
- Small bowl
- Elbow grease
Step-by-step Instructions On How To Clean Toaster Oven
In this section, we are going to talk about how to clean toaster oven properly. Once you have prepare the above materials, you may now start doing this very simple task:
- Make sure to turn off the toaster oven and unplug it from the power outlet before you begin cleaning it. Another thing is to let it cool first, especially if you have used the appliance recently.
- For toaster ovens with a removable crumb tray, release the latch first before removing it. Dump the crumbs out so it will be easier to clean.
- Wash the tray with water and dishwashing liquid thoroughly. Rinse it with clean running water and make sure to dry it first before returning it back to the chamber.
- If your toaster oven does not have a crumb tray, you may simply remove the rack. This can also be done to any removable part of its interior. Shake it over a trash bin to get rid of the crumbs.
- Just like the previous steps, remove the rack, drip pan, door, or any other part that can be removed and needs thorough cleaning. Wash them with water and dishwashing liquid.
- Ensure that each part is dried first before returning it back to the appliance. You may use a clean and dry cloth to do this step.
- Moisten a clean piece of cloth with water. Wring it out to prevent dripping, which will add another mess to clean up.
- Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the piece of cloth and rub it onto the greasy interiors of the toaster oven.
- A nylon scrubber is recommended for baked-on food you need to get rid of. Dip the nylon scrubber in soapy water and wring it out to remove the excess liquid.
- Scrub the debris off the interiors and you have to make sure to try not to let any liquid go inside the toaster oven.
- If you are dealing with stubborn residue, you can make a paste of ammonia and baking soda. Apply it to a moist piece of cloth then scrub the area clean.
- If you have stains on the glass door of your toaster oven, you may use a mixture of white vinegar and water to scrub the glass or stains lightly.
- Lastly, if your appliance has chrome on its exterior, wipe it down with a window cleaner. However, a soapy cloth is recommended for plastic exterior or painted steel.
If you want to learn how to remove burnt-on grease on your toaster oven, here’s how to do it:
- Just like the previous section, begin this task by making sure that the toaster oven has been unplugged. You probably already know that it is extremely unsafe to clean an appliance that is still plugged in a power outlet.
- Moisten a piece of soft cloth with warm water and small amount of dishwashing liquid. Wipe down the interior of the toaster oven to get rid of any loose food debris.
- In a small bowl, create a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste. Its texture should be a little thicker than that of toothpaste. Simply add water if you find the paste to be too dry.
- Apply the baking soda and water mixture onto the grease-covered surfaces of the toaster oven. If the stains are stubborn, you might want to leave for a few minutes before scrubbing it again.
- Moisten a scrubbing pad with water. Using that and the mixture for the previous steps, scrub the surfaces of toaster oven’s interiors. The mixture is a mild abrasive that will be able to remove the burnt-on grease and at the same time, will not damage the aluminum surface of the toaster oven.
- Continue scrubbing until the baked-on grease has been removed. If needed, apply more baking soda into the paste. It is very helpful that you leave a thin layer of the mixture on the surfaces while you are in the process of cleaning it.
- However, if you are dealing with very stubborn grease, pour some white vinegar on the affected area and leave it for a couple of minutes. After that, you may now scrub the area.
- Once the grease has been removed, you may now start cleaning the entire interior of the toaster oven using a piece of cloth that is moistened with soapy water.
- Make sure to remove any loosened grease debris or baking soda.
- Before using the appliance again, make sure that the interior is completely dry.
Tips On Cleaning Toaster Oven
Having the correct materials and the instructions may not be enough for some. Here are some tips on how to do the above task effectively, as well as some recommendations on how to keep your toaster oven clean:
- Using a damp cloth to wipe down the toaster oven every after use or even once in a week will save you a lot of energy, as well as cut down the difficulty level of cleaning that you have to endure once the dirt has built up.
- You should never store items either on the inside or at the top of the toaster oven. Doing this might start a fire or melt.
- An oven cleaner is not recommended to use for toaster oven cleaning, as it can cause corrosion.
- In addition, steel wool should also not be used to clean the insides of the toaster oven. They might shed little pieces of metal, which can result to electrical shock.
- Remember to ventilate the working area, as well as use extra caution when dealing with ammonia.
- For non-stick and aluminum cookware, using baking soda is also an effective way to clean burnt-on grease.
- Remember to clean the toaster oven afterward and make sure to remove all traces of the chemicals, as they may go into your food.
Cleaning your toaster oven is a very easy task to perform. If you noticed, it does not require a lot of complicated materials and kitchenware in order to clean your toaster oven. Knowing how to do this will also not require a lot of effort and you can definitely do this on your own. You just have to follow the instructions presented above.