What’s the Best Way to Clean This Vintage Toaster?

updated May 30, 2019
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Q: We recently received this 1920’s Hotpoint toaster as a gift, in “as-found condition.” It has a bit of a grimy, greasy coating on the outside and may have been stored in a garage or barn. What is the best way to clean this vintage toaster so it can be used again for making toast?

I was considering using an abrasive powder, but I don’t want to use anything that needs to be rinsed with water in case it damages the metal or the electrics.

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Editor: Readers, do you have any advice for cleaning vintage appliances like this?

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