It seems like a toaster can get dirty so easily. After all, it seems to gather grease and dirt on the outside, even if you skip a few breakfasts at home. However, we’re going to look at how you can tidy your toaster with a pantry item you might not expect. This is how to clean a toaster with cream of tartar.
Over the years my toaster has built up a sticky skin that I couldn’t get rid of…until today!! I even tried Goo Gone and that didn’t work. You’re not going to believe what did the trick!
It’s so smooth and clean now! I just want to rub it each time I walk past. Haha!
Why is the Outside of the Toaster Oven Dirty?
Just like any other item in your home, the outside of your toaster can get dirty from contact with your hands, burnt toast, and other messes that might happen in your kitchen.
This unavoidable contact can make the outside dirty just as regular use can dirty the inside.
What You’ll Need to Clean a Toaster with Cream of Tartar:
- Cream of tartar
- For the cream of tartar, you won’t need as much as you might think. So, just a spare bottle of cream of tartar should offer more than enough to clean your toaster.
- A glass of or access to warm water
- A bowl to mix the cream of tartar and water in
- Soft cloth or paper towel for scrubbing the outside of your toaster
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean a Toaster with Cream of Tartar
Step 1: Unplug Your Toaster
This might sound like an unnecessary step to add but it’s crucial. Before you get set cleaning your toaster, make sure you’ve unplugged it. Just like any other appliance, it can damage the toaster or even give you a zap or two if you start cleaning a plugged-in appliance.
Step 2: Make a Paste
The next step here is the make a paste of your cream of tartar and your water, much like you would if you were making a baking soda paste. You can do this one of two ways. For one, you could make a paste in the bowl by mixing some of the water with some of your cream of tartar.
Alternatively, you could add some cream of tartar to a bowl and have a glass of water handy. This way, you can get the same effect without having to guess how much paste you’ll have to make for the whole toaster.
Step 3: Scrub the Toaster
Now, use your cloth to scrub your toaster with the mixture. This is a great choice for both stainless steel surfaces and other toaster surfaces, so you can use this to clean the entire exterior of the toaster. For the best results, make sure that you don’t forget to clean regularly forgotten spots like the toaster’s knobs.
Step 4: Wipe it Down
While you can leave it on if you have a tough stain that you want to fight but it’s best used when it’s used for scrubbing and then wiped off. You can wipe the cream of tartar paste off with a cloth dampened in water.
Alternative Solutions to Cleaning Your Toaster
How to Clean a Toaster with Baking Soda?
- Start by making a baking soda paste. To do this, mix baking soda and water to create a paste that you can spread over the dirty surface.
- Put the paste on the toaster and leave it overnight
- In the morning, take a rag and wipe the paste off. You shouldn’t have to scrub the toaster which is the beauty of a baking soda paste.
- If you find that there are a few stubborn spots left, you can create a solution of vinegar and water and spray those spots. This should help clear out those last few spots for a sparkling clean.
How to Clean Your Toaster with Warm Water, Soap, and Vinegar?
- After you’ve cleaned the inside of your toaster, you can start cleaning the exterior with just warm soap and water
- Using a soft cloth, dampen it in water mixed with a gentle soap
- Use this cloth to clean the exterior of your toaster including the sides and knobs for a thorough clean.
- If your toaster has a stainless steel surface, you can dampen a soft rag with vinegar to polish the steel.
How to Clean a Toaster Regularly?
- Once your toaster is clean, you’ll want to keep it clean. For this, you’ll want to have a regular cleaning routine to avoid messes. These steps outline a daily routine.
- At some point in your day, wipe down the exterior of your toaster with a dampened rag. This way, you can prevent dust, grease, and dirt buildup before it’s already a bigger problem.
- If you have a stainless steel toaster, you can also wipe the toaster down with vinegar too, once again to polish the surface of the toaster.
How Do You Get Brown Stains Off Your Toaster?
As for brown spots on your toaster, start with a soft rag dampened with soapy water. Wipe down the toaster but this time, let it sit for five minutes.
Once you wipe the soap off, if you see any more evidence of these brown spots, you can scrub them with a toothbrush and some baking soda paste.
How Do You Clean the Inside of a Toaster?
The first step to cleaning the inside of your toaster is to unplug it to make sure that you don’t get a nasty shock while you’re working. Then, simply start by flipping your toaster over (over a trash can or sink with garbage disposal is best!) to shake out the crumbs.
After that, take a moment to fill a plastic container or even your sink with warm water and mild dish detergent – just a few drops will do the trick! Then, remove the tray from the bottom of your toaster and let it soak. If there are any remaining crumbs, shake them out before submerging the tray.
Now, you can use a pastry brush or paintbrush to help brush any crumbs out of the inside of the toaster. We’re avoiding water here to avoid damage to the electric or heating element of the toaster. After you’ve done this, dry the crumb tray, and put the whole thing back together.
Did you like the tutorial? Just reaching in your cabinet to pull out the cream of tartar to clean your toaster can give your appliances a just-like-new shine! Let us know what you thought in the comments and share this article if you liked it.