While cleaning a toaster oven might sound straight-forward at first, there are actually a few ways you can do it improperly. It’s important that you clean your toaster oven the proper way in order to make sure that it always works well and also to avoid injuring yourself. Safety is always important, and that also includes cleaning kitchen appliances like toaster ovens.
Hazards of Improperly Cleaning a Toaster Oven
Your toaster oven can literally explode if you don’t clean it properly!
There are two main hazards of improperly cleaning a toaster oven. The first one is that the glass door can literally explode! That might sound shocking, but it really is true. You might be surprised at how widespread a problem this is, but it can very well happen if you don’t properly clean it. If you do a google search on the subject, you’ll find hundreds of cases of this happening—scary stuff!
The main reason this happens is because the glass used in toaster oven doors generally isn’t as thick as the glass on a conventional oven door. Make sure to read the instruction manual that came with the toaster oven and take heed to the manufacturer’s directions for proper cleaning. Some manufacturers will recommend not using harsh cleaning products, especially on the glass doors. While cleaning something like a toaster oven might sound like it’s simple, you might be surprised at what manufacturers do and don’t recommend.
Second of all, it’s extremely important to make sure that you unplug the toaster oven while you are cleaning it. This is probably obvious, but people electrocute themselves every year by accidentally using liquid cleaners on their powered kitchen appliances. Making sure that it is unplugged from the power outlet will avoid this being an issue.
Proper Cleaning: Without Harsh Chemicals
In general, I’d recommend using only gentle cleaners on your toaster oven. While it might be tempting to use your super-duper Mr. Clean cleaner, it’s a much better idea to use a natural cleaner like vinegar or lemon juice. Here is a simple rundown of how you can use them to clean your toaster oven.
Cleaning with Vinegar
This is a very popular method. All you have to do is mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part hot water. You don’t need a lot, so you can probably just put it in a cup. This is a cheap and effective cleaning solution that you can use on all parts of the toaster oven. Just remember to unplug it, first!
The only downside to this method is the fact that vinegar can leave an unpleasant smell afterwards, but that can easily be remedied with a little bit of cool water and a sponge or wash cloth after cleaning with the vinegar.
Cleaning with Lemon Juice
Lemon juice can also be used in a way very similar to the vinegar method. Just mix lemon juice with hot water and clean the toaster oven the same way you would with the vinegar solution, with a soft cloth.
This might be a more preferable method, since it leaves a rather nice smell afterwards, especially compared to the pungent odor that you get from using vinegar. It’s a more expensive solution, however.
Conclusion: Things to Remember
There are two main things to remember: first of all, read the user’s manual before you clean the oven. Second of all, unplug the toaster oven and only use manufacturer-recommended cleaning solutions.
As long as you do both of these things, you should avoid having any kind of problem when using your toaster oven!