If your dishwasher is just cleaning dishes, then it isn’t living up to its potential. There are many things you can safely wash in a dishwasher.
Any of these listed items can go through a “normal” wash cycle, unless otherwise noted.
And, of course, use common sense when cleaning nonconventional items in the dishwasher — if you plan to clean an item on this list, inspect it for any plastic components that might not withstand the heat of a normal wash cycle.
- Silicone oven mitts and trivets: Stick them in every time you do a load to keep them germ-free.
- Hubcaps:Just add a cup of white vinegar to the detergent you normally use.
- Figurines: Get the dust off of figurines by putting them on the top shelf of the dishwasher on a gentle cycle. Don’t put delicate or gilded figurines in the dishwasher.
- Tools: Wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers tend to get a sticky, greasy feel to them. Put them in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle with your normal detergent.
- Toys: Putting toys in the dishwasher will not only de-goo them, it will also sanitize them.
- Flip-flops: Put them on the top shelf for the best results.
- Rubber boots: Put them upside down on the bottom rack to remove grime. Just make sure to wipe off any large areas of mud first.
- Hairbrushes: Remove the hair from the brush by running a wide-tooth comb through it and put the hairbrush in the silverware cup.
- Combs: Throw your heat-safe combs in the silverware cup, too.
- Make-up brushes: Clean these on a low setting, so as not to melt the glue that holds the brush hairs together.
- Ball caps: To help keep the cap’s shape, put it on a coffee can before sticking it in the dishwasher. Also, make sure your dish washing detergent doesn’t have bleach in it before you start the load.
- Kitchen brushes and sponges: Pop these in the silverware cup for a like-new clean.
- Light fixture covers: There’s no reason why you need to dust. Just pop them off and put them in the dishwasher on a gentle cycle.
- Coffee maker: Turn the coffee maker upside down and use a gentle cycle. Make sure it dries completely before you plug it back in.
- Golf balls: Put your golf balls in a mesh sack and put them on the bottom shelf.
- Contact lens cases: Once a month, toss your contact cases in the dishwasher to get them clean & sanitized.
- Dog toys: Most dog toys are top-rack only.
- Mouth guards: Keep your athlete healthy by sanitizing his mouth guard every day on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
- Grill rack: Make sure you use your hottest setting to get off the grime.
- Dog collar: Put it on the top shelf to get it looking like new.
- Light Switch Plates Those things get very dirty and smudged over time. So when you do your Spring Cleaning, pull them all off and run them through to get them sparkling clean and looking new again.