The toaster oven is one of the items which is often overlooked at cleaning time. The reason for this is simply because it is used in a rush, either in the morning, when you are in a hurry to make and eat the breakfast, either in the evening, when all you want is to eat your dinner and crawl into bed. But leaving all those crumbs and grease inside the oven is going to make it a pile of dirt. In time, it will become unfit for making any food at all, so here is an easy routine on cleaning your toaster oven weekly.
The weekly cleaning routine
Each week you need to clean the toaster oven, so gather the items you need and start scrubbing. Before you start, is important to know what type of oven do you have, so go to their website and check if it’s convection or not. Also, check how much time it needs to get rid of most of the electricity inside – some ovens do carry some energy at all times, even when they are unplugged.
Take a cup of baking soda, water, dish soap, scrubbing pads, soft cloth and a used toothbrush.
Start by removing the extras
To start cleaning the oven, remove all the trays and other parts which can be washed separately, like shields and food covers. To know how to clean these, depending on your toaster oven’s model, go to their website and get information on how to clean and dry these components.
Now you can wipe the oven with the cloth, on the outside, in order to remove dust, grease and other type of debris. When you are done, wet the cloth and wipe the interior of the oven to remove loose debris.
The scrubbing part
Mix baking soda and water in equal parts until you have a toothpaste-like mixture. Apply it on greasy areas and leave it act for 10 minutes, then scrub with the toothbrush or the scouring pad. Apply the mixture on all the dirty parts of the toaster oven, even on the back. You can also reapply it, if the grease is stubborn. The baking soda mixture can be removed with a soft cloth.
As baking soda is not an aggressive compound, there is no need to review the toaster oven instructions or go to their website to check the materials it is made of; however, if you use another substance, do check if it’s right for your machine.
The heating element can also be wiped with a cloth and brushed with baking soda mixture, but don’t insist on it too much. Scrubbing firmly is also not advised, as you may damage the heating element.
If the toaster oven’s components can’t be removed, you can also add soda on them and scrub them from grease and crumbs. The removable components can receive the same treatment or you can wash them with dish soap.
Baking soda is a great deodorizer, so it will remove any odors from the toaster oven.