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How to Clean a Toaster Oven – With Step-by-Step Directions

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Cleaning a toaster oven is a simple process, especially if you do it regularly. It is important to clean it routinely to avoid a buildup of grease and food splatters.

Let's look at how to clean a toaster oven - the tray and rack, inside and outside of the oven, the heating element, and the glass door.

Cleaning Supplies

These supplies can be used

  • Cloth, soft (not scrub) sponge  
  • Soft plastic scouring pad
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • White vinegar

Do not use these supplies

  • Abrasive or chemical cleaners  
  • Oven cleaner
  • Brillo pads
  • Heavy duty or stainless steel scouring pads  


  • Toaster ovens need to be gently scrubbed to avoid scratching its surface or causing its parts to wear out.
  • Apply the cleaning solution to a cloth or sponge and not directly on the toaster oven or its parts.
  • The sponge/cloth should be damp since dripping water could fall on the electrical components or fan.
  • Breville and Cuisinart recommend that consumers NOT place the trays, pans, and racks in the dishwasher.

Preparing to Clean Your Toaster Oven

  • After you have finished cooking, unplug the toaster oven from the electrical socket. The unit can be cooling down while you are eating.
  • When you are ready to clean your toaster oven, gather your supplies.
  • Cloth or soft sponge
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Cleaning solution for ceiling and walls
  1. Warm water - 1/2 -1 cup
  2. White Vinegar  - 2 tablespoons
  3. Liquid dish soap -  few drops
  • Cleaning solution for glass: Equal parts white vinegar and water and a drop of soap. 

Note: You don't want to put too much soap or it will leave a film.

Daily Cleaning

The weekly cleaning will be a lot easier if you complete these steps after each use.

  1. After you are finished cooking, unplug the toaster oven and let it cool.
  2. Clean the ceiling and walls as grime builds up making cleaning more difficult.
  3. Remove the crumb tray and discard the crumbs. Then put a dab of soap on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe the tray.
  4. Wipe the inside of the glass door.

Weekly Cleaning 

How to Clean Toaster Oven Removeable Parts

  1. Remove the rack and wipe away any debris from the ceiling and walls. Then take out the crumb tray. These parts should slide out easily. However, if they are stuck, check to see if grime has collected around them. Discard the crumbs into the sink or trash.
  2. Use a paper towel to wipe away as much grease as possible on the tray and rack. Don't forget to wipe the corners of the pan also.
  3. Then dip a soft sponge or cloth into the cleaning solution to clean and scrub the grime and food that has collected on the pan or the rack. If they are clean, then leave them on a drying rack. 
  4. However, if the tray or rack still has food or grease on it, soak them in warm, soapy water for about 15 to 30 minutes while you are cleaning the rest of the toaster oven. When you ready to deal with the tray or rack, wash them again with a soft sponge or soft plastic scrubber.
  5. Rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth or soft towel.
  6. Be sure to place the tray and rack(s) in the oven before plugging the unit back in to the electrical outlet.
person cleaning inside of toaster oven

How to clean inside toaster oven

The ceiling of your toaster oven is probably the most difficult to clean since the coating isn't usually non-stick and due to the awkward angle.

I have a convection toaster oven and clean this first to get it out of the way. The walls have a non-stick coating so they are more easily cleaned.  

Interior Ceiling and Walls

  1. Use a soft, damp sponge (dipped in the cleaning solution) to wipe down the ceiling and walls. [Apply the cleaning solution to the sponge and not the oven surface.] 
  2. Do not touch or clean the heating elements with this sponge.

Heating Element

Be sure to read the toaster oven user manual before you clean the heating elements as the method may differ among manufacturers. The process described in Breville is as follows:

  • Unplug the oven and allow it to completely cool.
  • Rub a soft, damp cloth or sponge along the length of the heating element. To prevent damage to the heating element, do not use a cleanser or any type of cleaning agent.
  • Allow all the surfaces to dry completely before putting the power plug into an electrical outlet. [1]

Glass Door  

The glass can be cleaned with a glass cleaner or a solution of soap (1 drop) and equal parts vinegar and water. Place the cleaning solution on a soft, damp sponge and then wipe the glass gently.

How to Clean the Outside of a Toaster Oven

Exterior Walls and Door

Wipe the outer body with a soft, damp sponge and use the same cleaning solution as you did to clean the interior walls.

LCD Screen, Knobs and Handle

Breville states in all its toaster oven user manuals to use a soft, damp cloth to clean the LCD. Be sure to apply the cleanser to the cloth and not directly on the LCD screen. [2]

Use a soapy, damp soft cloth to gently clean the knobs and handle and then rinse with clean water.

Last Tasks

Make sure these parts are thoroughly dried before plugging the power plug into an electrical outlet.

  • Heating elements - since these are cleaned with a dry cloth, they should not have any liquid on them, but check to make sure.
  • Trays and racks
  • Interior surfaces

[1][2]  http://www.brevilleusasupport.com/bov845bss/care-and-use/

Check the User Manual

As mundane as it sounds, reading the appliance user manual is time well spent. The instructions on how to clean your Breville Oven are the same for all models and are the most detailed (about a 5 minute read).

Our toaster oven cleaning guide has been developed using information from toaster ovens manufactured by Breville, Cuisinart and Oster. They all have similar recommendations for methods and the cleaning supplies to be used and those not to be used.

If you don't have your manual, you can find it on the company website. 

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