Assignment: Clean Behind and Around Your Toaster

February 22, 2012

True confession: the other day, I gave into a massive craving for a Pop Tart. Ok. Maybe I ate two. (They really shouldn’t come in a 2-pack, should they? I mean, what are you going to do with the other one? Put it in a baggie? I ask you.)

As I went to extract said Tarts from the toaster, one collapsed back inside. And so, I had to come face to face with the fact that my toaster area was a blight on my otherwise pretty darn clean kitchen.

Before. Yuck and double yuck.

So, I had no choice but to let the little sucker cool down and give him a cleaning.

After. Isn't that better?

And now, because you’re so lucky to be a Penelope, it’s your turn. Yaaah!

Pretty easy job. Should take less than 2 minutes.

1) As my husband would tell us, please unplug the toaster before doing anything. He’s a FREAK on this topic, so let’s placate him.

2) Give the toaster a good shake. Upend the darn thing and shake it around. It may have a little door on it, you can unlatch it and really go for the gusto, or, you can be like me and just shake the stuff out.

3) Move the toaster aside and give the counter a good swipe.

4) Once the crumbs are gone, use some 409 to really get that whole area sparkly.

5) Replace the toaster.

6) Stand back and soak in that good “isn’t that better” feeling.

And yes, I’m coming to grips with the fact that I just wrote a post about toaster crumbs.



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Thea February 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

This is hilarious! Now, I might actually do a post on my plastic Walmart bag folding…LOL
Ok, I am going to go and clean the mess in my toaster oven.

Francesca February 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

Great post! While there is humor in the fact that you posted about cleaning your toaster there is also so much power in doing that small, and yet often so needed task. Clean doesn’t mean you are always organized but that nice sigh of “isn’t that better” relief when something is clean does something quite wonderful for the psyche. Just like your blog, it makes you feel good. :)

michelle @ this little light February 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is EXACTLY the sort of thing I’ve missed…I’m so glad you’re back!

Meredith February 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

@Michelle: It’s funny, bc this is EXACTLY the kind of post I’ve missed doing.

Thanks for saying that.

Kristen February 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

Excellent timing! I JUST did this the other day. I keep my toaster in a deep drawer just below the counter, and I actually had to take a vacuum to it.

madge @ vegetariancasserolequeen February 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Thank you for this post!. All of the items on my kitchen counter could use a good clean up/clean under but it just overwhelms me to even think about cleaning it. After reading, I was inspired to clean up the toaster area….just the toaster area…for now. Baby steps, right?

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