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How to Clean a Toaster Oven {Interior, Body, Crumb Tray & Accessories}

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Here, you will find a step by step guide through which you can learn how to clean toaster oven by doing 4 simple tasks. We have made the cleaning process simple by diving the whole process into 4 simple tasks and in each task, you need to complete 4-5 steps. After completing all 4 tasks, your toaster oven will be looking as good as a brand new purchase.

Well, let me ask you a question. Coming out of your busy schedule, how many times you have cleaned your toaster oven properly? Here properly means everything in deep or you can also say deep clean a toaster oven.

The answer can be anything like days,  a week or two, a month or never.


A toaster oven is one of the most used kitchen appliances by an average person and compared to its usage, we barely cleaned it up. But, I have recently learned why cleaning toaster oven is important and why you should not ignore it and once I tell you how things can go wrong if you don’t clean a toaster oven on regular basis, you won’t forget to clean your regular toaster oven or convection toaster oven.

Why is it important to clean toaster oven?

Every time you cook your meals in a toaster oven, some food can stick on interior walls/ceiling or drop on crumb tray and these leftovers can be dangerous.

Yes, dangerous.

When you use toaster oven again with leftovers in it then these leftovers can catch up the fire and can damage your oven and even your home too. So, cleaning toaster oven is not just a matter of cleanliness but for safely of you, your loved ones and your home too.

With the method we have shared, it is not going to take much time to clean your oven. Now, let me share the things that are required to clean toaster oven. And most importantly, this cleaning process can be used for toaster oven of all brands i.e. Breville, black and decker, oster, wolf gourmet etc. Let’s start now.

Things Required:

  • Piece of cloth
  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive liquid cleanser or mild spray solution
  • Glass cleaner or mild detergent
  • Sponge
  • A dry cloth or dish towel
  • Gloves

If you want to use baking soda or vinegar to clean your convection toaster oven then follow this article.

Things to Avoid:

  • Abrasive Cleanser
  • Metal Scouring pad

Toaster Oven Cleaning Process Made Simple (For Regular & Convection):

Note: Before following the method below, we suggest you to have a look at your toaster oven brand’s manual because make a note of things you must not do with your toaster oven.

Some people make the cleaning process very complicated by performing all the tasks at the same time i.e. they are cleaning the interior as well as exterior and washing crumb tray and other accessories side by side which makes the process a little complicated and can leave some corners and accessories uncleaned.

To avoid the complication and make the whole cleaning process simple and easy, we are going to divide the cleaning process and perform one task at a time. By dividing the tasks, you can perform each step required to clean toaster oven efficiently and effectively.

Before diving the tasks, you need to follow these steps in the start.

1) Make sure toaster oven is Off:

Before starting the cleaning process, make sure your toaster oven is turned off by pressing the start/cancel button.

2) Unplug from power outlet:

After your oven is turned off, remove the power plug of the oven from the power outlet

3) Let the oven cool down:

Now, let your oven to cool down because we don’t want to burn or hurt ourself by placing out hands on the top and inside of a hot oven.

4) Disassemble all the accessories:

After the oven is cool down, disassemble the accessories i.e. wire rack, broiling rack, baking pan, pizza pan and crumb tray. You don’t need to clean it right now so simple, remove these accessories and place it anywhere.

So, these are the steps that you need to perform before heading to the toaster oven cleaning process. After performing these tasks, your toaster oven is ready to be cleaned.

So, let’s start. Now, we will divide the cleaning process into four parts:

  • Cleaning outer body and doors
  • Cleaning the interior
  • Cleaning the crumb tray
  • Cleaning the accessories i.e. wire rack, pan and racks

How to Clean Toaster Oven Outer Body & Glass Door (Task #1): 

clean toaster oven outer body

Note: Take your time and perform each step slowly and efficiently. Don’t use any type of abrasive cleanser or metal scouring pad as these things can scratch the surface of the oven.

Step 1:

Wipe the outer body using a soft cloth or sponge.

Step 2:

Apply the cleanser on the sponge and start cleaning the outer body. (Don’t apply any cleanser directly on the oven body instead apply it on the sponge and use it).

Step 3:

After cleaning the outer body, take a glass cleaner or mild detergent and start cleaning the glass door using a piece of soft cloth or soft sponge.

Step 4:

Now, you need to clean the buttons or LCD display. Follow the same steps i.e. apply the cleanser on the sponge and start cleaning the buttons and LCD display using soft hands.

Step 5:

Wait for few minutes and let the surface of the oven dry itself.

How to Clean the Interior of Toaster Oven (Task #2):

how to clean toaster oven interior

Note: Avoid touching the quartz heating element because element breaks very easily.

Step 1:

Wipe the interior using a soft cloth and remove all the burned food or leftovers.

Step 2:

Since most of the toaster oven has a non-stick coating on the walls inside so you won’t face issues like food stick on the walls or anything. Simply, apply the cleanser on the sponge and start cleaning inside walls of a toaster oven.

Step 3:

Wait for few minutes and let the surface of the oven dry itself.

How to Clean Toaster Oven Crumb Tray (Task #3):

how to clean crumb tray of toaster oven

Step 1:

Slide out all the crumbs and leftovers from the tray and wipe it using a soft cloth.

Step 2:

Apply the cleanser on the sponge and start cleaning the crumb tray. I again repeat, don’t apply the cleanser on the sponge not on the crumb tray directly.

Step 3:

Wait for few minutes and let the crumb tray dry itself.

If you have baked-on grease on your crumb tray and want to remove it then you need to soak the crumb tray in the warm soapy water for few minutes then wash it according to the steps we have mentioned above. You will get baked-on grease removed from your toaster oven without any issues.

How to Clean Oven Accessories – Rack and Pans (Task #4):

cleaning accessories

Note: Never use a dishwasher to wash wire rack, broiling rack, baking pan and pizza pan because it affects the life of accessories. For better life or to extend life of accessories, use the cleaning method below.

Step 1:

Wipe the wire rack, broiling rack, baking pan and pizza pan using a soft cloth and remove all the leftovers.

Step 2:

Soak accessories in warm water for a few minutes to remove any type of grease.

Step 3:

Wash the accessories using warm water and a soft sponge.

Step 4:

Wait for few minutes and let the accessories dry themselves.

That’s it. This is the regular toaster oven to convection toaster oven cleaning process. You can also follow the same process for a toaster oven with air fry or rotisserie. After everything is dry, you need to reassemble everything into the toaster oven and turn on the toaster oven.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1- How often you should clean your oven?

The leftover food or baked-on grease should be cleaned daily using a piece of cloth or sponge and deep clean of a toaster oven should be made once a week.


So, we have shared the whole process which is very simple and easy to perform steps. Just follow the above how to clean toaster oven guide and you can clean your convection toaster oven or regular toaster oven without any issues.

If you have any query then feel free to comment below. We will get back to you within a few hours.

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About Mark Newwood

I am a professional chef and I love sharing my knowledge regarding ovens with people. I am currently working on my cooking book. Voir plus d'articles

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