Dear Charles the Butler,

I don’t have full-time staff, so cleaning my house is just me! A friend of mine told me that I have to clean the toaster. Do I really need to clean my toaster, and how does one clean a toaster, exactly?

- Toaster Lady

Dear Toaster Lady,

Well yes, your friend is correct. You do need to clean your toaster both inside and outside.

Firstly, unplug the toaster, and either turn it upside down or open the trap door under the toaster to allow all of the crumbs to fall out.

I like to open the trap door over the sink to let all of the crumbs fall into the sink for easy cleanup. This should be done every month or so. Secondly (again, remember to unplug your toaster before you do this), clean the toaster using a multi-purpose cleaner of equal parts water and white vinegar.

Spray this onto a microfibre cloth once, and then wipe the outside of the toaster clean.

My secret confession is that toast is one of my all-time favourite foods! Toasted fresh bread and butter… for me it is heavenly. Would you ever have guessed that Charles the butler is so crazy for silly old toast?!

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