I spent the majority of my teenage years hanging out around a firehouse where I volunteered as an EMT. I quickly learned which household items can be a fire hazard. The toaster is one of them. Today, I’m hear to teach you how to properly clean a toaster to decrease the risk of fire.
Don’t believe that toaster fires are an issue? Have a looksy here.
How to Clean the Toaster
1 teaspoon of water
Next, tap the toaster onto the towel. This motion should be between a tap and a slam (word isn’t coming to me). A forceful tap? This will loosen any crumbs from the inside of the toaster allowing them to fall onto the towel.
Tap to toaster at different angles to allow any loose crumbs to fall.
As you can see in the photo below, I didn’t use a towel. It was very loud and crumbs were everywhere.
This next step is VERY important.
You don’t want to get water inside the toaster so read carefully.
Take 1 teaspoon of water and put it on the corner of the Magic Eraser. Then squeeze the magic eraser to ensure most of the water is out of it. You want it to be damp enough to work but not wet enough for water to drop out when you push down on it.
Use the Eraser to clean the area around the opening of the toaster
(see photo below).
Once you are done, the Magic Eraser should look something like this.
Next, I used the stainless steel wipes to clean the outside of the toaster. The vinegar solution linked above works too.
Use your vacuum cleaning with a small brush attachment and clean the inside of the toaster. This will help remove any crumbs stuck on the wire cages inside. And lastly, tap the toaster on the towel one last time to remove any crumbs unlodged by the vacuum brush.