How to clean a microwave and toaster with 2 ingredients

Read on to discover top tips on how to clean your microwave and toaster. These two regularly used appliances tend to be forgotten when cleaning the kitchen.

Follow these quick, expert tips and you’ll have both your microwave and toaster shining and in prime-performing condition.

It doesn’t take much to keep your kitchen in tip-top condition. Picture: Getty

Cleaning your microwave with lemon

Lemon is the secret all-natural ingredient used to clean many household items and appliances – and the microwave is just one of them. Follow these easy steps to refresh your microwave in minutes using lemon.

Step 1: Combine lemon and water

Cut up the remaining lemon into wedges and squeeze the juice into a microwave-safe bowl. Throw in the wedges and pour 1/2 cup water over the top.

Lemon is handy in the kitchen for cooking and cleaning. Picture: Erinna Giblin

Step 2: Microwave for 3 minutes

Place the bowl in the microwave and set on high for three minutes. Once complete, leave the bowl inside for a further five minutes to steam.

Open the microwave’s door after 5 minutes to let your lemon solution steam clean the inside. Picture: Erinna Giblin

Step 3: Remove bowl and wipe down

Carefully remove the bowl, remembering it will be hot, then wipe all internal surfaces with a damp microfibre cloth.

Now wipe it down. Picture: Erinna Giblin

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Cleaning your toaster with vinegar

Burnt toast, chunks of crumpet stuck in the grill or excess crumbs can cause dangerous carbon and become a fire hazard. Prevention is key and can be achieved in minutes:

Step 1: Unplug toaster

Make sure your toaster is unplugged and feels cool to touch.

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Step 2: Locate a pencil and paper towel

Cover a pencil with a paper towel, and work the pencil in between the hot irons to remove any lodged debris. Replace the towel if it starts to tear.

Step 3: Empty crumb drawer

Surprisingly many people don’t know there is a tray in all toasters, making it super easy to discard excess waste. This is usually located on the bottom of the toaster, but check your appliance manual for access instructions.

Simply pull out the tray and empty the contents, then wipe clean before reinstalling.

Did you know there is a crumb drawer? Be sure to empty it when cleaning your toaster. Picture: Getty

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Step 4: Blast out crumbs

Use a hairdryer (set to cool air) to blow through the toaster – blasting out any remaining crumbs. Best to do this one outside or over the sink.

Step 5: Give the outside some shimmer and shine

Cut half a lemon and rub a little salt across the top which will act as a light abrasive. Swirl the lemon gently over the external surface then wipe dry with a paper towel.

Step 6: Apply vinegar to a cloth

Dab some vinegar onto a microfibre cloth then polish the surface, revealing an instant shine especially on silver features.

It really is that easy, and you’ll also enjoy a fresh lemon aroma throughout your kitchen.

Originally published as How to clean microwave and toaster with 2 ingredients by Elke Keeley. Author at