Leave your toaster gleaming with this unconventional cleaning hack using toothpaste

It has to be seen to be believed

Cleaning the toaster is just one of those jobs you'll put off for as long as humanly possible. It comes under the umbrella of unappealing tasks like cleaning the oven or fridge, with lots of different sections and tricky-to-access surfaces.

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There'll most definitely be an unreasonable number of crumbs, and once we've removed the little tray and put the contents in the bin, we'd often rather just put it back and forget about it. However, it doesn't have to be a horrific task.

One smart cleaning lover has revealed her handy trick for removing those brown burn marks from the top, and all you need is a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush. This method could mean a gleaming toaster is achieved with just a few minutes and a bit of scrubbing.


stainless steel toaster before cleaning

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tricia Hamill)

Tricia Hamill explained that she used a toothbrush and some Colgate toothpaste to rub away at the dark brown marks on the top of her stainless steel toaster.

Posting on Facebook group Mrs Hinch cleaning tips and tricks (opens in new tab), she shared some before-and-after photos of her toaster, captioning it, 'The things we do during lockdown'. She said she rubbed the toothpaste on and then left it to dry for five minutes. After that she got a wet toothbrush to scrub it off.

The end result is a shiny toaster that looks as good as new. Tricia's Facebook post has now received hundreds of likes and comments, with other cleaning fans remarking on the unconventional hack.

'Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!' one wrote.

'Very impressive,' said another.

'I use it on silver jewellery,' a third commented.


stainless steel toaster after cleaning

(Image credit: Future PLC/Tricia Hamill)

Some said they used The Pink Stuff and a Scrub Daddy cleaning sponge for the same job, as this also works really well for removing tough stains.

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Last month, we shared our definitive cleaning calendar, offering some inspiration to help you make 2021 your cleanest year yet. It's not too late to start - February's will bring a huge amount of satisfaction when done. It seems that one consequence of a year of lockdowns is that we're now much more conscious of germs and are more motivated to keep our homes clean.

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Will you be trying this cleaning hack?

Millie Hurst
Millie Hurst

Millie Hurst is Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home. She first joined the team at the start of 2021. Previously, she worked in women’s lifestyle and homes news, writing about everything from budget kitchen makeovers and gardening tips to homeware dupes and cleaning hacks. Millie can often be found looking up trending terms, spotting news stories our readers need to know about and finding ways to decorate her rented flat.