Youd be surprised at the number of problems in our small kitchen appliances that arise not from some in built error, but in fact from the lack of proper cleaning methods. Regular cleaning not only complies with the health safety standards, but also helps remove food buildup, and increases the sum efficiency of the lifetime service. So in all cases, it is a win-win situation with minimum effort.
First off, most of your electrical appliances shouldnt come in contact with water. Always switch off the electricity supply before you begin on the cleaning. The materials of these appliances may be plastic or metal, or glass. Dont scrub them vigorously with heavy duty washing pads because the surfaces might be scratched. Always remove the blades, and wash them separately with a dish washing liquid. Always dry the various components to avoid rust from finding its way to them. You do not need to give them a cleaning everyday. Now blender jugs and food processor bowls need to be washed and dried every time you use them. But it is fine if you clean your oven once or twice a month.
For toaster ovens, remove the crumb trays, and racks and submerge them in warm soapy water. The exterior only needs to be wiped with a damp clean cloth regularly, and it will never cause you any problems. Make sure to clean under the appliances, be it your jug. It is important, for you may never know how much dirt had found its way to the hidden nooks and corners.
These basic tricks will go a long way. So when your appliance stops functioning due to bad treatment, youd not be left wondering how anyone ever survived without a fresh homemade smoothie or crunchy brown toasted bread.