Cleaning a toaster isn't hard to do, but many of us forget to take a second look at this common kitchen appliance. However, the cleanliness of your toaster is important – you wouldn't want last week's burnt toast to affect the flavor of your Pop Tarts, would you? Take a Saturday afternoon, and follow these simple steps to make sure your toaster's in tip-top-toasting shape.

First, you'll want to unplug the toaster. If you've recently used it, let the toaster cool down completely before going in for your cleaning. Place the toaster on a sheet of newspaper or a kitchen towel – something that you don't mind getting a little dirty. Pop out the removable crumb tray, if your toaster has it, and empty any crumbs into the trash can. For stubborn crumbs, you can turn to one of our favorite kitchen utensils – a pastry brush. If you have a pastry or basting brush with natural, tightly woven bristles, you can brush away any stubborn crumbs from the top of the toaster. Wash this removable tray in warm, soapy water to remove any residue. Let it sit out to dry completely before replacing it in the toaster. For toasters without a crumb tray, gently flip over the appliance to release crumbs. Tap the toaster bottom a few times to release any stubborn bits.

Did you know that you can also clean the outside of your toaster? A cloth with a little bit of white vinegar will bring back the shine and remove grimy fingerprints. You can also use some soapy water and a microfiber cloth to clean the exterior – and don't forget to clean the toaster's handle or knobs!

With these quick tips, you'll be well on your way to a toasty Sunday breakfast.

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