It has come to light that a certain life hack is not as brilliant as we once thought.

The idea was that if you turned your toaster on its side, you could place two pieces of bread with cheese on top in each slot and get a grilled cheese.

What appears to be an innocent trick to avoid cooking your grilled cheese on a stove is actually very dangerous and a serious fire hazard.

Several people have shared pictures like the one below showing their ruined toasters.

According to the Manchester Evening News, one woman watched her toaster burn for almost 20 minutes. She proceeded to throw the toaster out the window, which I wouldn't suggest doing with any object, let alone one that is on fire.

Just stick to what you know and make a grilled cheese the old fashioned way. If you're sick of the same old recipe, here are some ideas to spice up your grilled cheese game.