The most common spills you’ll find in a toaster oven are crumbs from bread and bagels, crusty bits or sauce stains from pizza, or the odd bits of filling that fall over when you’re toasting a sandwich in there.
So I find that I have to put in some elbow grease and scrub away till kingdom comes to remove the toaster oven stains. But here’s what you can do to make cleaning hassle-free: baking soda(sodium bicarbonate), my go-to ingredient when I’m mixing a natural, chemical-free cleaning solution.
We will teach you how to clean your toaster oven with baking soda
Ingredients You Will Need:
- Baking soda
3. Mixing bowl
4. Soft bristle brush
5. Rubber gloves
6. Paper towels
How to Make the Cleaning Paste to Start the Cleaning Process
Step 1: Take two parts baking soda for every one part of water.
Step 2: Combine these two ingredients in a mixing bowl to form a thick paste.
How To Clean Your Toaster Oven in Just 7 Simple Steps
Step 1: I feel like I can’t stress this enough but, turn off the toaster oven and then unplug it from the socket before you start cleaning. Keep the oven unplugged throughout the entire process.
Step 2: Using a soft brush, coat the insides of your oven. Don’t forget to wear your gloves and always be careful around the corners and near the coils. Next, remove the spill tray and the rack from the oven. You can coat them with the paste and leave them to sit in your sink.
Step 3: Once you’ve applied the paste, let it sit for a good long time. I prefer to apply the paste at night and let it sit until the following day before coming back to it. Baking soda does its magic best at night, I think.
Step 4: Use a damp cloth or a paper towel and wipe down the surfaces of the oven, making sure to wipe out the corners and underside of the hood as thoroughly as you can.
Tip: Why not use a silicone spatula to help you scrape the paste away?
Now do the same with the spill tray and racks
Step 5: Now, do you have a spray bottle and some vinegar? Go ahead and grab those and a glass of water too. Mix the third part of vinegar with two-thirds parts of water and pour it into the spray bottle, securing the nozzle in place.
Step 6: Once you’ve wiped down the oven with a damp cloth to remove the paste and you’ve got your vinegar solution ready, the next step is to spray the solution inside.
The vinegar will react to the baking soda that you might have missed toweling off. But, don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal and the very reason why we’re spraying vinegar in the first place. It makes it much easier to wipe off all traces of the baking soda from the oven, racks, and spill tray.
Bonus? Apart from leaving your oven squeaky clean, the vinegar solution helps dispel any lingering odors. Isn’t that neat?
Step 7: All that’s left for you to do now is to replace the rack and the spill tray.