People that have toaster ovens usually swear by them. I know I do! It’s such a great invention that allows you to use it whenever you don’t feel like using your actual oven – and it completely has eliminated the need for any type of toaster.
But, of course, just like anything else in your home it needs to be properly cleaned.
You need to lightly clean the toaster oven after using it each time, this is something that we all know.
But how often should you deep clean the appliance? Of course, it depends on how often you use it. If you use it on a daily basis then I would recommend you deep clean it once a week!
How to deep clean a toaster oven?
So the first thing you need to do is unplug the toaster oven and wait for it to cool completely. Then place it near the sink or near the garbage can so that the cleaning process would be easier for you.
Continue with removing all the trays and the racks then make a mixture of warm water and liquid soap in the sink (or in a bucket). Soak them in the warm soapy water.
Go back to the toaster oven and remove all of the crumbs with a dry cloth. If any crumbs are stuck then you can grab a brush in order to loosen them. I recommend using an old toothbrush!
The next thing you should do is dampen a cloth in the soapy water and wipe the non-stick interior of the appliance.
Once you are done with that go back to the trays and racks that you left in the soapy water. Scrub them in order to remove any residue and then rinse them. Allow them to either air dry completely or dry them with a clean cloth before placing them back in the toaster oven.
I know most of you already use an oven cleaner since it is probably the easiest way to take care of your favourite kitchen appliance. I mean it is so powerful that you spray it, let it work, and then remove it. It has the power to remove food stains, grease, build-up grime, and all sorts of other impurities you definitely want away from the space you cook your food in.
But what if you could use the power of an oven cleaner all over your home?
I have recently thought about this topic since I indeed love my oven cleaner. Isn’t it possible to apply it in different areas, surfaces and objects in your home so that you can have a much more efficient and easy cleaning process? Well, the answer is yes – and I am about to teach you exactly how to do this!
– Clean Glass Fireplace Doors
If you have a fireplace with glass doors then this trick will become your favourite in the winter when having to deal with a dirty smoke-stained glass. Apply some oven cleaner directly on the door, leave it there for a couple of minutes then remove completely by wiping it with a damp cloth.
– Clean Glass Kitchenware
Did you know that you can use your oven cleaner to clean your kitchenware as well? Well, the glass pieces. Of course, put on gloves, spray the kitchenware piece you want to clean with the cleaner. If the stains are really bad then I recommend you put the piece in a bag (maybe a trash bag) and leave it overnight. I suggest you leave the bag outside since usually oven cleaners contain some pretty toxic ingredients.
– Clean your pots and pans
Pots and pans are one of the hardest things to clean in your kitchen. If they are really dirty and have stains all over them then follow these steps. Heat the pot/ pan you want to clean on your stovetop. Spray it with the oven cleaner once the surface it is warm and let it sit for around half an hour. Then wash as normal with soap and water.
Yes, you can ever clean your sink using an oven cleaner. Spray, let it sit, scrub the stained area, and rinse well!
And by your iron, I mean the plate of your iron. It’s a surface that is really hard to clean but thanks to your oven cleaner you no longer need to wonder how to clean it!
– Clean your hair straightener or curler
Similar to your iron, you can clean your hair straightener or your curler. I am almost positive that you have never even thought about cleaning these items but now you know that you can do it with your oven cleaner – just make sure you fully remove the cleaner once you are done with it with a dry cloth and allow it to dry completely before using it again!
Some foods that you eat and you never wash actually need to be washed even more than the ones you do. Things that you cut and have peels like melons or avocadoes are actually filled with germs and bacteria.
You should wash anything with a rind even if you don’t eat it. Why? It’s so much bacteria and pesticides on there that when you cut into it the germs get on the inside and even on your knife.
Always wash them before you cut into them. The peel if filled with salmonella and listeria which can cause you a bad food poisoning. You can even use a brush to scrub the rind because sometimes a simple wash won’t get rid of everything unwanted.
You might say that you boil them in water which kills the bacteria, right? Well, I thought so too but it seems like they should be washed before you start cooking them. Everything from rice, quinoa, etc. This will remove dirt.
Before you put them on the stove – rinse them.
It’s true that the edible part of them is hiding in the shell but the bacteria on the surface will end up inside and you will eat it if you don’t wash the shell.
I know people that don’t wash their parsley and chop it in their salads straight away. Don’t do that! Make sure you rinse it with cold water before consuming it.
Mushrooms tend to soak up dirt when they are growing so they are packed with bacteria. Before you cook them put them in a bowl of water and leave them there for a while. Once they float on top – they are clean.
Onions, celery, etc. hold a lot of dirt and germs that won’t be removed even with a simple rinse. Slice leeks in half (lengthwise) and wash them with cold water.