No matter what you use it for, your toaster oven is an essential piece of kitchen equipment that helps you get food on the table without a lot of hassle. Like any kitchen appliance, your toaster oven should be kept as clean as possible to maximize its efficiency and reduce the risk of fire. Plus, you will enjoy the fact that your clean toaster isn't putting off flavors into your dishes. While your toaster oven is sort of a miniature oven, it probably doesn't need the harsh cleansers you use on your main oven, but it does need a thorough cleaning every once in a while.
To begin, make sure your toaster oven is unplugged. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is always important to double check that the oven is off and removed from a power source before beginning the cleaning process. Once your toaster is disconnected, you can remove the crumb tray and clean it out. Depending on your toaster oven, you may be able to place your crumb tray in the dishwasher or you will have to wash it in warm, soapy water. The same goes for your grate or rack; remove it from the appliance and check the owner's manual to determine the best cleaning method.
While your tray and rack are soaking, work on the interior of your toaster oven.
The exterior of your toaster oven should be a little easier to clean with these steps:
Once you are done cleaning the interior and the exterior of your toaster oven, you can wipe it down with plain water to remove any cleaning residue and then towel dry all the parts.
Re-assemble your toaster oven, plug it back in and you will be back to cooking right away.