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There is a lot more for your toaster out there than just bread. Muffins, waffles, pancakes, pastries, and more are all available to use as a quick breakfast. Go out and explore all the options, and while you're at it, give your toaster a clean. You'll be surprised how dirty it can get.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Wait until it's cool.

    It's amazing how hot a toaster can get. Ever burned yourself in your haste to grab an english muffin? Don't take any chances. Give it a few minutes too cool, and unplug the cord.

  2. Remove the crumb trays.

    Many toasters have trays at the bottom that are removable. These trays catch most of the crumbs fromt the toaster. Remove the trays and wipe them down with a damp dish cloth or sponge. Replace the trays.

    Some toaster have flip open tray lids on the bottom of the toaster. Hold your toaster over the garbage disposal or trash can, before flipping open the toaster. Wipe the tray down and close it.

    If your toaster doesn't have these components, or if you want to make sure it's really clean, turn your toaster upside down over a garbage disposal or trash can, and gently shake the crumbs loose.

  3. Clean the exterior.

    The exterior of the toaster can be wiped down with a sponge or dish cloth, mild dish soap and warm water. For stainless steel toasters, be sure to wipe and buff the toaster dry. Milder, ammonia free glass cleaner can be a great cleaner for chrome and stainless steel toasters.

Tips:

  1. Every single crumb may not be removed. Don't stick items down in the toaster to try to loosen crumbs. You may damage the inner components of the toaster. Shaking the toaster upside down will remove most of the crumbs.
  2. Never submerge a toaster in water, or put water into the interior of a toaster. It will be ruined.

What You Need

  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge or dish rag
  • Mild ammonia free glass cleaner
  • Garbage disposal or trash can
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