Cleaning your toaster should be at the top of your list. You cannot possibly keep using a toaster for over a month without cleaning it.
That means you are directly inviting germs to have an accessible way into your system.
Cleaning your stainless steel toaster isn’t as difficult as you think.
You probably do not know how to clean a toaster, and that is why you think it is a tedious thing to do.
Toasters, especially stainless steel toasters, shouldn’t be ignored for long; otherwise, you may not like the outcome as the days draws by.
Clean a Toaster Inside-out
You need to get the cleaning agents which you will be using for cleaning the inside of the toaster.
All you basically need will include water and soap. And then you will have to clean thoroughly, including some tight parts that seem impossible to clean.
Now, what do you need: you will need some vinegar, Dawn mild liquid dishwashing soap, dishcloth, a pastry brush or paintbrush, a soft sponge, and baking soda.
Before you clean the inside of your toaster, unplug the toaster from the switch. Never forget this. If the toaster is still hot, allow it to cool down.
Now that it has cooled down don’t shake the toaster to remove the crumbs because shaking the toaster can destroy some intricately designed parts in the toaster.
So just turn the toaster gently to its face, and the crumbs will fall out. If otherwise, dust off the crumbs with a paper towel.
Now find a bowl, fill it with warm water and squirt some drops of washing soap; add the vinegar and a small quantity of baking soda into the water. These cleaning agents will assist in doing the job well.
Now pull the crumb tray out of the bottom of the toaster, that is, if your toaster has any crumb tray.
Shake off the remaining crumbs, then place the crumb tray to soak in water. Then use your paint/pastry brush or old toothbrush to begin to brush out every crumb in the toaster and on the crumbs tray.
When you are done, get a dry cloth and clean the toaster and the crumb plate thoroughly. Leave out to air dry before storing away.
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Can you use an abrasive brush to scrub off stains?
No. You cannot use abrasives because the stainless steel, even though it looks like it is a hard surface, can get easily scratched by the hard brush you use.
That is why it is advisable to make use of soft pastry brushes or old toothbrushes to carry out your cleaning activities.
If you have left your toaster over time, you will notice that it has a greasy build-up mess and chemical stains that may not easily go off.
So what do you do in cases like this? After you must have unplugged your toaster and it has cooled off, you can now get a small bowl and pour in a little baking soda, mix it with vinegar and let it form a paste.
Then apply it on the surface of the toaster on the affected area.
Once this is done, allow it to sit for 15 minutes, spray again with vinegar, then get your soft brush or old toothbrush to begin to scrub.
Dip the toothbrush into the warm soapy water and scrub until all the greasy mess and chemical build-up are gone. Dry the toaster with a dry towel, then leave it out to air dry.
Clean the outside of your stainless steel toaster
You cannot clean the inside and neglect the outer part. The outer part should not be as tasking as the inside process.
Simply get a soft cloth, dip it into a warm soapy mix, then use the cloth to wipe the top of the toaster from left to right and finally in a circular motion.
But if you have left the toaster for too long, and it is full of greasy stains and build-ups, get a degreaser and spray generously on the toaster.
Leave it for 15 minutes, then get a damp cloth that has been dipped into the warm soapy water and use it to wipe the top of the toaster.
Then get another cloth, dip it into warm freshwater mixed with vinegar, and wipe the toaster with it. Voila! Your toaster remains clean and sparkling!
Jammy finger marks or brown stains, you are going to need a cleaner that is more potent.
Cleaning Brown stains on your toaster
First off, you must understand that brown stains are inevitable on your toaster.
Secondly, don’t fret! There is always a way out. You can always use your mild liquid dishwashing soap to get these stains out.
First, attack the stains with baking soda.
Sprinkle some baking soda on the stain, then spray with warm water or vinegar, allow to sit for a while, then begin to scrub using an old toothbrush.
Then wipe the affected area with a cloth that has been dipped in vinegar.
If you don’t have baking soda, you can simply make use of your vinegar and spray the affected area.
Squirt some liquid soap on them and sprinkle a teaspoon of salt on the stained area.
Then use your old toothbrush to scrub the affected area delicately until the stain is out. Dry with a towel and leave it to air dry.
Power cord of my stainless steel toaster
You can clean your power cord, but you cannot wash it the way you wash the crumb plate.
So get a soft dry cloth, dip it into warm water and use it to clean the power cord thoroughly because the power cord can have a greasy mess drenched over it.
In conclusion, you can always clean your stainless steel toaster with no hassle if only you follow the above methods and processes.
Ensure that you do not use abrasive brushes and cleaning agents to clean your toaster.