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How to clean a toaster (without electrocuting yourself)

No, just turning it upside down and shaking it over your sink doesn't count as cleaning.

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Toasters can gather an amazing amount of dust, lint and, ick, bugs because it doesn't have a door to shut out contaminants like other appliances. This means you need to clean it out on a regular basis so that your toast doesn't get tainted.

Giving your toaster a good wash is easy and you won't get electrocuted. I promise.

  1. Unplug your toaster and do the normal upside-down shake thing over the sink.
  2. Pull out the crumb tray, if it has one, take a second to be grossed out and then wash it with warm water and dish soap.
  3. While you let the crumb tray dry, dampen a cotton cloth with a little white vinegar and wipe out the slots where the bread goes. Remember, damp is the key word here. A sopping wet cloth can leave your toaster with puddles of moisture inside, which can take forever to dry.
  4. If there are stuck-on crumbs left over from breakfast pastries on the heating elements, gently brush them with a vinegar-dampened old toothbrush.
  5. Wipe the insides down with a water-dampened cloth to remove any vinegar residue.
  6. Give the toaster one last good upside-down shake and let everything dry before plugging your toaster back in. It should only take a couple of hours to dry.
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