How to Clean a Toaster Oven Crumb Tray?

It’s tempting to just turn a blind eye to the crumb tray in your toaster oven and just call it a day. But you can’t, and you really shouldn’t. So pull up your sleeves, it’s time to clean that crumb tray.


Cleaning your crumb tray doesn’t require too much elbow grease. With the right cleaning agents, you can have that tray clean as a whistle in no time. Salt, baking soda, and a vinegar solution with sugar can do the trick and do it right.


3 Simple Yet Magical Solutions to Help You Clean Your Toaster Oven Crumb Tray Today!

1. Salt Solution


Believe it or not, cooking salt has proven to be quite the ingredient to clean ovens and other appliances.


Supplies needed

  • An unused spray bottle
  • Water
  • Salt




Mix the salt with water until it dissolves. You can use one-third portion of salt for every cup of water, Now, pour it into a spray bottle and secure the nozzle.


The trick is to spray this salt solution on your crumb tray and allow the crumbs to soften. Then you can rinse it out, and you’ll find that it’s clean and odorless, too.


2. Vinegar


Vinegar seems to be the wonder liquid of the century. Cracked heels? Soak it in vinegar. Dry listless hair? Spray vinegar and let it work it’s magic. Dirty oven trays? Yup, vinegar again.


What you’ll need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle



  • Add one part of vinegar to one part water.
  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  • Secure the nozzle in place and shake the bottle to mix the water and vinegar together thoroughly.
  • Spray the solution on the crumb tray
  • First, wipe the tray clean with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  • Once you get all the crumbs out, use a dry paper towel and wipe down the tray once more.


Vinegar with sugar


You can repeat the same steps your followed earlier. Only this time, mix vinegar with two tablespoons of sugar.

Also, when spraying the solution on the tray, do so when the oven is still warm and then let it sit for an hour.


Scrub gently to get rid of the crumbs before wiping it clean with a paper towel.


3. Baking Soda


If vinegar is the wonder liquid, baking soda is the miracle powder. But, do you know what? I genuinely do believe that research will find it can cure flesh-eating diseases one day.


But until then, I’m going to use it to clean my crumb tray.


What you’ll need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A mixing bowl
  • Soft bristle brush


  • Mix two parts baking soda with one part water to create a thick paste.
  • Apply the paste to your crumb tray with a soft brush.
  • Let the paste sit overnight.
  • Wipe it clean the next day with a paper towel


Cleaning Tips


  • Always remember to unplug your appliance before you start cleaning it. Keep it unplugged till after it has completely dried.


  • If you’re worried about crumbs falling over to your counters, move the cleaning area to your kitchen sink.


  • Consider soaking the tray in warm soapy water to get grime or sauce stains out.