How to Clean a Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are a convenient kitchen appliance. They're small and efficient. It's also more convenient then having to pull out a large cookie sheet to cook something small. The only problem with toaster ovens is that they get really messy. Follow these steps to clean a messy toaster oven.

Turn off the toaster oven then unplug it. Let it cool completely before attempting to clean it.

Remove the crumb tray. Dump out the crumbs and then scrub it with dish soap, warm water and a nonabrasive sponge.

Wipe down the exterior of the toaster oven. Use a lint-free cloth and a sanitizing spray such as 409.

Clean the toaster oven's interior with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Warm water will help to dissolve the grease.

Scrub the hard-to-remove food buildup with a synthetic scouring pad. If you wipe it clean after each use you should be able to avoid the buildup of food.

Remove and clean the shelving with warm soapy water. Let it dry thoroughly before putting it back in the toaster oven.


  • Wiping down the toaster oven after each use will make it easier when performing a thorough cleaning.
  • Empty the crumb tray regularly to prevent it from burning onto the tray itself.


  • Never submerse a toaster oven in the water when it's plugged in. You can be electrocuted resulting in injury or death.
  • Make sure the toaster oven and your hands are completely dry before plugging it back in.

About the Author

This article was written by a professional writer, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information. To submit your questions or ideas, or to simply learn more, see our about us page: link below.