Stainless Steel Toaster Cleaning

Long lasting and durable, stainless steel appliances are increasing in popularity. The shiny, metallic appearance of stainless steel metal adds modern style to kitchens. Stainless steel toasters and appliances are very resistant to stains and corrosion. However, they do accumulate fingerprint smears, smudges, dirt, grease and food crumbs. Unlike other appliance materials, stainless steel appliances improve as they are cleaned. Dirt and buildup prevent the protective layer on stainless steel from inhibiting corrosion. Use certain solutions and techniques to clean stainless steel toasters.

Clean stainless steel toaster with certain supplies.

Unplug the toaster from the electrical outlet. Allow the toaster to completely cool.

Pull off the removable crumb tray from the toaster. Dump the crumbs from the tray into a trash bag.

Dampen a rag with vinegar. Wipe the tray with the damp rag to remove any crumbs or debris. Use a toothbrush to scrub small crevices and difficult to reach areas.

Rinse the crumb tray with water. Dry the tray thoroughly with a terry cloth.

Remove the racks from the toaster. Wipe the racks thoroughly with the vinegar-dampened rag.

Rinse the racks with water. Dry the racks thoroughly with the terry cloth. Lay the racks on clean paper towels.

Hold the toaster upside down over the trash bag. Gently shake the toaster to dislodge all crumbs. If your toaster is too large to hold upside down, use a can of compressed air to blow out the crumbs.

Dampen a microfiber cloth with vinegar. Wipe the top, bottom and sides of the toaster with the cloth to remove any smudges, grime or buildup. Rub with the grain of the steel to prevent causing permanent scratches.

Dry the top, bottom and sides of the toaster with the terry cloth. Follow the grain of the steel. Replace the crumb tray and racks on the toaster.

Things You Will Need

  • Trash bag
  • Rag
  • Vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Terry cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Compressed air
  • Microfiber cloth


  • You can substitute liquid dishwashing detergent for the vinegar.
  • Wipe the outside of the toaster with baby oil to add shine.

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April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.

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