I actually don’t use my toaster all that often, but leave it on the counter in of the fateful day when I buy some English muffins (with some spread and apricot jam, YUM). So, mine doesn’t get quite dirty enough, fast enough, for it to scream “Clean Me!!” Honestly, the toaster is just covered in crumbs right, just a quick wipe down will clean the toaster right? Wrong, I actually touched the toaster not on the lever thingy and realized that it was sticky. How does this thing get so sticky and grimy?!? I also say that about everything else in my house too. Ugh. While the source of the sticky and grime will remain a mystery, although possibly tied to someone’s fingers, I have a great tip on how to clean the toaster.



As you can see in the photo above the toaster looks not to bad, however, between the dust, crumbs and seemingly harmless water stains is a nice layer of butter goo, crystallized jam and other nonsense. I have included a photo for your… pleasure? To get this goo off you will need:

  • Hot soapy water
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Magic eraser
  • to unplug the toaster



  1. Wipe down the outside of the toaster with the cleaning cloth and the hot soapy water. If all of the stuff doesn’t come off, leave it; the magic eraser will do the heavy duty removal
  2. Pull out the crumb tray and wipe it down with the hot, soapy water and cloth. Yes, there is a crumb tray located at the bottom of the toaster.
  3. Take a magic eraser and scrub the stubborn goo off everything like the metal top part and the crumb tray.
    See it’s gone! The magic eraser easily removes the butter and jam goo from the metal top.
  4. Dry the crumb tray and put it back in the toaster.



Voila, clean toaster! While I’m pretty sure that this has no effect on how well the toaster toasts toast but it does improve the visual appeal of the toaster and the ick factor. This is probably not as in-depth of a how to clean the toaster, but this is going to get most of the major stuff off of the toaster, which will take care of regular and preferred use. 🙂

Happy Cleaning!

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8 Responses to How to Clean the Toaster

  1. teresa tuck says:

    What is a magic eraser

    • Angela says:

      Only the best and most life changing cleaning product ever. 🙂 It’s a white sponge made of melamine foam, Magic Eraser is the name brand of the cleaning sponge.

      • Brittney says:

        I totally agree with you Angela. I use the magic eraser for everything. I think that thing is truly is gift to moms and wives everywhere. Saves a ton of time out of my day.

  2. Sue Farmer says:

    The Magic Eraser is the best cleaning product out there!!! It works for ALL types of dirt and grime. I especially like it for my refrigerator handles. Quick and easy wipe keeps it clean and clear of sticky messes.

  3. I have been looking how to do the cleaning the most proper way. Now I found it. Thanks!

  4. Rena says:

    I thhuogt finding this would be so arduous but it’s a breeze!

  5. Smith says:

    I followed your steps to clean my toaster and you cannot believe that now my toasters is working absolutely fine.
    But i wanna ask one thing that can u explain how i can remove scratches from my toaster. Thanks!

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