We tried the toaster cleaning hack that uses toothpaste to remove stains - and it worked!

From grubby to gleaming

toaster after toothpaste cleaning hack
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If you're partial to a toasted bagel or avocado on sourdough for lunch, you should be cleaning your toaster once a month. You're also - apparently - meant to remove the crumb tray every week

We thought we knew how to clean a toaster, but clearly weren't being as thorough as we could have been. As you can see, mine was looking embarrassingly grubby, so it was high time I tried the toothpaste toaster cleaning hack you've most definitely seen on social media. 


top of brown dirty toaster

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Out of all the cleaning tricks we've tried, this was the quickest and up there with the most satisfying.

Just in case you're not familiar, cleaning fans claim that toothpaste and a toothbrush work brilliantly to remove those brown, burnt-on stains you get on the top of your best toaster. I used a few squeezes of toothpaste overall, starting out with the toothbrush.

To be honest, I didn't really feel like I could apply as much pressure as I needed to with the toothbrush. It was kind of fiddly and the bristles soon started to splay outwards, so after a while, I tried a normal washing-up sponge.

toaster being cleaned with toothbrush and toothpaste

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That wasn't quite working either, so I ramped things up with a really abrasive metal scour. While you're here, I'd just like to say that our toaster was a hand-me-down, so I'm not precious about it (shock - have you seen the 'before' picture?). 

But if you've recently invested in a new one, use something a little softer to avoid scratches, or use something that's designed not to leave any marks.

toaster being cleaned with metal scour

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I wiped the toaster down afterwards - and had it unplugged the entire time. The stains didn't exactly disappear before my eyes, but the toothpaste did make a huge difference after a good amount of scrubbing. 

Now the toaster's looking much, much better. Overall, we'd recommend this hack - it didn't take long at all, and although there were a few stubborn stains clinging on at the end, I'm not bad about it. 


toaster after cleaning hack

(Image credit: Future)

If you don't like the idea of a minty-smelling toaster, you could just use The Pink Stuff, available on Amazon, which is often hailed as one of the best cleaning products for removing stubborn stains.

Will you be trying the toothpaste toaster cleaning hack?

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.