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Let your dishwasher do all the work, so you don’t have to! Toss in these Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Clean in the Dishwasher to remove dirt, grease, grime and more without scrubbing!
You might be surprised to learn that your dishwasher can be used for much more than cleaning your dishes. Think of what you put in there now – plastic and glass dishes, metal pans and utensils – then look around your house for items made of similar materials. Chances are you can wash those in the dishwasher, too!
Be sure to put small and delicate materials in the top rack to prevent damage from the heating element. Small, sturdy items can go in the utensil basket to keep them in place. Of course, if you choose to wash things like shoes and tools in your dishwasher, you may want to clean it before you adding another load of dishes.
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Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Can Clean in the Dishwasher
Place stove and oven knobs in the cutlery section of your dishwasher to cut grease and grime effortlessly!
CABINET AND DRAWER HARDWARE
With all the grease that can get around your kitchen from cooking, cabinet and drawer pulls can get surprisingly messy. Let the dishwasher do all the work instead of spending loads of time scrubbing them clean.
Just remove the hardware, and put them in the utensil basket. Be careful not to lose any screws!
If you need to prep a lot of potatoes at once, get it done faster by removing dirt in your dishwasher. Just clean them on a quick rinse cycle without detergent.
SPONGES + DISH BRUSHES
Clean, de-grease, and disinfect cleaning sponges and brushes by running through the sanitizing cycle.
FRIDGE SHELVES + BINS
If your house is anything like mine, you’re always fighting food spills in your fridge. Let your dishwasher do all the work by placing shelves and bins in the bottom rack.
FOOD STORAGE BAGS
Plastic Ziploc bags are far from eco-friendly, but washing and reusing them can help. Place them on the top rack, and be sure to spread the bags across the prongs to ensure the water can clean inside.
You don’t want to store clean silverware in a dusty, dirty organizer, so pop it in the top of the dishwasher to clean it up at least once a month.
Put your microwave turntable in the bottom rack of your dishwasher to clean even dried on messes in no time.
To clean the rest of the microwave almost effortlessly, check out 25 Time-Saving Kitchen Cleaning Hacks.
Place plastic drip pans in the top rack and metal drip pans wherever there’s room to remove grease.
SPICE + CONDIMENT CONTAINERS
Remove dust and grime from reusable spice and condiment containers in the top rack of the dishwasher.
SILICONE OVEN MITTS + TRIVETS
Place on the top rack to remove food residue and bacteria.
EXHAUST FAN FILTERS + COVERS
Wash greasy, grimy exhaust fan filters and covers in the dishwasher with your pots and pans.
AIR VENT COVERS
Remove sticky dirt and grease from heating and cooling system vent covers. Hand wash painted vent covers.
Clean any removable, non-electric plastic pieces from portable fans in the top rack of the dishwasher.
OUTLET COVERS + SWITCH PLATES
“Touch points” are objects in the home that are touched often and rarely cleaned (e.g. door knobs), and they can be a breeding ground for germs and viruses, especially during cold and flu season.
Put all detachable “touch points,” such as outlet covers and switch plates in the dishwasher to keep your family from getting sick.
LIGHT FIXTURE GLOBES
Light fixture globes attract dust, grime, bugs, and spider webs. Plastic covers can go in the top rack of the dishwasher, while glass fixtures can go wherever there’s room.
Use your dishwasher to clean plant gunk out of the bottom of your vases. Sturdy glass vases can go in the bottom rack, but thinner pieces should go in the top.
SILK + PLASTIC FLOWERS
Remove stubborn dust and grime from faux flowers by tossing them in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Toss in pencil cups, paper organizers, small trash cans, knick-knacks, and small trash cans in your home office.
SOAP DISHES + TOOTHBRUSH HOLDERS
Toss soap dishes and toothbrush holders in the top rack of the dishwasher once a week to keep your family healthy.
Clean clogged shower heads, grimy faucets, and other dirty metal fixtures through a pots and pans cycle on the top rack.
PLASTIC HAIR ACCESSORIES
Unless made of wood or natural bristles, such hair care items as hair brushes, combs, barrettes, headbands, etc. can be cleaned in your dishwasher. Just try to remove as much hair has you can beforehand.
MANICURE + PEDICURE TOOLS
Clean and sanitize manicure and pedicure tools in the dishwasher after use to prevent infections.
SMALL METAL OR PLASTIC WASTEBASKETS
Use your dishwasher to clean and deodorize small bathroom trash baskets.
RUBBER BATH MATS
With the agitation and spinning action in the washing machine, laundering your rubber bath mats can cause them to break down before their time.
Yet you still want to get them clean, since the bathroom is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
Pop them in the bottom rack of the dishwasher to get them clean and fresh without the damage.
LOOFAHS, SPONGES + BRUSHES
Remove soap reside and bacteria from cleansing sponges to give them new life.
Exhaust fans gather loads of dust quickly, which can keep them from working properly. Non-electrical parts can be cleaned right in the dishwasher.
For a clever way to keep your exhaust fan clean between deep cleanings, check out 17 Natural Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Actually Work.
Around the House
Clean and disinfect all kinds of kids’ toys – bath toys, pacifiers and teething rings, plastic toys, building blocks, etc. – in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Vets actually recommend running pet dishes through the dishwasher to kill bacteria that can make them sick.
You can wash them with your dishes, unless you have a baby or other family member with a compromised immune system. In that case, you may want to run them separately on the sanitizing cycle.
Also, toss in pet toys, collars and leashes, and pet door flaps.
Throw water-safe sneakers, Crocs, flip flops, and sandals right in the dishwasher to clean dirt and stains. Shoes with leather, suede, or wood parts may get damaged in the dishwasher.
Clean and sanitize cleaning tools like vacuum attachments, sponges and scrub brushes, and dust pans in the top rack.
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Outdoor Tools + Accessories
Blast away dirt and grime on your gardening tools in the dishwasher.
Rinse off loose dirt with the hose, then put flower pots in the dishwasher to remove stains and bacteria that can harm plants.
Clean and disinfect rubber boots in your dishwasher to remove stains
Clean stuck-on dirt off your golf balls by popping them in the utensil basket and running them through the dishwasher.
BASEBALL CAPS + VISORS
Toss dirty, sweaty caps and visors in the top rack to get them fresh and clean!
With contact sports, shin guards can get messy and dirty. Let your dishwasher loosen the grime, so clean up is a breeze!
Clean and sanitize mouth guards after every game to avoid bacteria growth.
Any backyard toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher to remove dirt and grime in no time.
Car Accessories + Tools
Tools can be difficult to hand clean because you want to get them clean, but you don’t want to scrub so hard you harm the finish, making them prone to rust. The dishwasher will clean them gently and keep them in working condition for years to come.
Keys can be tough to clean because you don’t want to damage them, so they won’t work anymore. The dishwasher will clean, sanitize, and even remove stuck-on gunk from keys while keeping them intact.
RUBBER FLOOR MATS
Rinse off floor mats with the hose to remove loose dirt and gravel, then throw them in the dishwasher to remove stains the hose can’t get.
REMOVABLE CUP HOLDERS
Put car cup holders and other removable accessories in the top rack of your dishwasher. This is a great method for removing tough, dried on messes.
Make your hub caps look shiny and new by tossing them through a normal cycle.
Finding new ways to clean really has its advantages. With these Clever New Ways to Use Your Dishwasher to Clean, you can let the dishwasher do all the work for you!
What do you think of these Surprising Things You Can Clean in the Dishwasher. Do you ever clean unconventional items in your dishwasher? Share your thoughts in the comments below!