Here's the Amazing Secret Feature Inside Your Toaster

Get a cleaner kitchen in seconds with this simple trick.

Red toaster on white countertop

When you're in a rush to get out the door in the morning, there's no faster way to make a hot meal than popping a slice of bread in the toaster. In fact, according to some millionaires, our unwavering desire for slightly-singed bread is the real reason millennials aren't buying homes.

While toasting bread is part of many people's daily routine, there are still countless individuals out there missing out on a small, but critical feature on this handy appliance: the crumb tray. Did you know that your toaster was equipped with such a feature? Neither did we.

Most toasters have two distinct body components: an upper, metal-encased shell that holds the toast slots, and a plastic or metal ridge below, where the toaster's feet are located. Run your hand along the narrower edges of your toaster. When you feel a break between the upper and lower body, you've hit the crumb tray.

Simply pull it out, and.., well, frankly, you'll wish you had done it sooner. You'll find that your toaster tray collects a staggering amount of crumbs and other detritus, leaving you wondering when on earth it was that you ate that poppy seed bagel you're only now seeing remnants of.

While having a crumb-free is a reward unto itself for those who pride themselves on the cleanliness of their kitchen, cleaning your crumb tray regularly will keep you safer, too. According to a 2017 report from Consumer Reports, over a five-year period, toasters and toaster ovens were cited as the cause of 1,335 home fires. However, if there's less junk that could potentially come in contact with your toaster's heating element, you're less likely to have your toaster—and potentially your home—catch fire.

Luckily, that's hardly the only way to make your home safer in a hurry. Acquaint yourself with the 50 Deadliest Items in Your Home and you'll know how to better protect yourself and your family.

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