When it comes to learning how to clean a toaster oven, because of the small size of this appliance you can usually have it sparkling clean in just a short amount of time. The toaster oven is basically a cross between an oven and a toaster. Typically used to warm food, this little appliance can also be used to cook foods just like the larger oven. Before you get to cleaning, you will need a few things. Be sure to have a sponge, mild soap or detergent, a clean cloth, and some glass cleaner. Depending on how dirty or baked on some of the stains, you may also need some degreaser and a scouring pad too.
Now that you have all the cleaning accessories, it is time to learn how to clean a toaster oven and have it looking sparkling clean again.
The easiest way to clean the toaster oven is to unplug it from the wall and carry it over to the sink. This will help to minimize the cleaning process and allow you to access the water more readily. Clear some counter space and place the toaster oven as close to the sink as possible.
Prepare a bowl or dish of soapy solution using warm water and the mild soap or detergent. Leave this solution either in the sink or on the counter next to the toaster oven. Place your sponge in the bowl, and keep the clean cloth dry and on the counter near your glass cleaner.
To begin the cleaning process, first remove all the broiling and baking trays, as well as the toasting rack. The easiest way to clean them is to hold them over the sink with one hand and clean them with your sponge that has been dipped in the soapy solution. Be sure to get in between all the openings on the racks, on both sides, then rinse them under the faucet and place them in the dish rack to dry.
Remove the crumb tray from the bottom of the toaster oven. Shake the tray over the sink to remove as many of the loose crumbs as possible. Place your sponge in the soapy solution and begin washing down both sides. Occasionally when cooking in the toaster over, pieces of food can drip down and burn to the surface of the tray. If you have several stubborn stains on the tray, spray the surface with a degreaser and then set aside a few minutes to allow to soak. After the degreaser has been on the tray for a few minutes, scour the surface with your scouring pad, then rinse under the faucet and place in the dish tray to dry.
Now that the inside trays and rack have been removed from the toaster oven and cleaned, dip your sponge in your soapy solution and begin cleaning the interior walls. Continue to rinse the sponge and clean the walls until all the food particles and stains have been removed. Be careful when cleaning the inside of the toaster oven to avoid contact with the heating coils. Be sure to clean the glass window on the door, both inside and outside. Never use steel wool or abrasive chemicals that can scratch the finish of the toaster oven.
Now that the inside of the toaster over is clean, grab your glass cleaner and polish the inside and outside of the glass window on the door with your clean cloth. The inside of the glass may have grease splatter stains, so be sure to clean the inside of the glass and remove any streaks when cleaning.
After allowing all the parts to air dry in the dish rack, begin replacing the rack and the trays to the toaster oven. Spray your clean cloth with some glass cleaner and run over the exterior of the toaster oven to finish up your job. Carry the toaster oven back to where it belongs on the counter and be sure to plug it back into the wall.
Learning how to clean a toaster oven is simple once you take the time to clean each part thoroughly. Once your oven is sparkling clean, it is ready to get back to work.