11 Unexpected Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher!

We all know about dishwashers and its benefits. But do you know that dishwashers can clean other things too?

Although it is called a dishwasher that handy kitchen appliance can wash many things other than the dishes in your house. It can save you time and money on electricity and water bills. From cup holders and plastic objects, children’s toys to shoes, toothbrushes, and even windscreen. There are many things that your dishwasher can handle safely with ease. But before tossing them in the dishwasher, ensure you check the recommendation of the manufacturing company.

Below is the list of the things you can clean in the dishwasher, which even the most hardened laundry veteran might never have expected to clean in the dishwasher- They are all tried and tested and also recommended by their manufacturing company.

Things You Can Clean in the Dishwasher

01. Refrigerator Drawers and Shelves Can be Washed in Dishwasher

Refrigerator Drawers and Shelves can be washed in Dishwasher

Refrigerator drawers and shelves need to be thoroughly cleaned and dried. This can be a real chore, but do you know you can do it using a dishwasher? Although they are big and bulky, if you can manage to toss them in the dishwasher, you could save yourself from the headache of washing them by hand. But ensure to use a slightly cooler wash to make sure the high heat doesn’t damage the plastic. Just a 30-minute quick wash will do the trick.

02. Things like Plastic Combs & Hairbrushes are also Washable in Dishwasher

Things like Plastic Combs & Hairbrushes are also washable in Dishwasher

Cleaning hairbrushes may be a cumbersome process, but do you know, you can easily clean them in a dishwasher? Dishwashers do an excellent job in removing the buildups from the comb and make it clean like new. However, ensure to remove any broken hair strands before putting it in a dishwasher. Otherwise, the hair strands may clog the filter.

03. Vacuum Cleaner Attachments can also gets Clean in the Dishwasher

Vacuum Cleaner Attachments can also clean in the Dishwasher

Vacuum cleaner filters require regular cleaning for its proper functioning. Dishwasher can do an excellent job in cleaning the vacuum cleaner filters.

What about the larger parts like a tall dust collection bin? How can you get them in the dishwasher? It’s simple. Just remove your dishwasher’s top rack, and they will automatically fit in. Then do a quick wash. Use low temperatures to prevent the heat from warping the plastic.

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04. How to Clean Shoes in Dishwasher?

It is Possible to wash Shoes in Dishwasher

Washing shoes in a dishwasher? We can already see some raised eyebrows there! Waterproof shoes like garden clogs, rubber boots, jelly shoes, flip-flops, and many canvas shoes can be cleaned up in the dishwasher.

For the dirty footwear, pre-rinse them with shower or garden hosepipe. By doing so it will put less strain on the dishwasher’s drain system and reduce the dirty leftover. If you suspect that the interior is not clean, run an empty cycle after washing to sanitize it thoroughly.

05. Washing of Kitchen Tools Like Scrubbing and Kitchen Brushes Can be done by Dishwasher

Washing of Kitchen Tools Like Scrubbing and Kitchen Brushes Can be done by Dishwasher

Do you know that rinsing and scrubbing of kitchen brushes by hands only remove the visible dirt? Yes, it doesn’t kill the bacteria or germs attached to them. However, the regular cycles of the dishwasher can keep them clean and sanitized. So next time they look dirty, don’t throw them away; instead, give them a quick wash with the other dishes.

06. Pet Accessories and Toys Can be Cleaned with Dishwasher

Pet Accessories and Toys are Cleaned with Dishwasher

Dog leashes, dishes, and nylon collar to plastic toys, can be cleaned to in a dishwasher. Run them through your dishwasher to keep them spotless and sparklingly clean.  Avoid putting leashes or collars made of leather into your dishwasher since they can cause permanent damage to your machine.

We have some pet-friendly tips for your home as well as for your convenience.

07. Carrots and Sweet Potatoes Can be Washed in Dishwasher

Carrots and Sweet Potatoes Can be washed in Dishwasher

Use your dishwasher to clean large batches of vegetables. Dishwasher might not be economical for cleaning veggies for your regular meal, but when you are preparing a Christmas dinner or a Thanksgiving or Diwali dinner, dishwashers can be very handy for cleaning vegetables.

08. Do You Know How to Clean Kid Toys with Dishwasher?

Do You Know the cleaning of Kid Toys is possible with Dishwasher

You might have noticed many toys labeled as “dishwasher safe”. According to ‘Allison Gillespie’, the senior brand manager of Maytag, it is best to put plastics in the top rack further away from the heat source. Also, the smaller pieces should be placed in the mesh bag to stop them from moving during the washing process.

09. How to Clean Razor in Dishwasher?

Razors Can be Kept in Dishwasher to Clean

Razors are not only contaminated by your hair but by many other things. Yes, they can pick salt from the water and chemicals in your shaving cream. To wash and sterilize them, use a dishwasher and use a liquid detergent-tablet.

10. Pedicure and Manicure Tools are Washable Things in Dishwasher

Pedicure and Manicure Tools are Washable Things in Dishwasher

You can wash clippers, metal nail files, and other pedicure and Manicure tools like silverware in the dishwasher’s utensil caddy. But ensure you place a jar cap at the bottom of the compartment before loading the tools. It would collect any small tool which can slip through the holes underneath.

11. Rubber Bath Mats Can be Washed in Dishwasher

Rubber Bath Mats Can be Washed in Dishwasher

To prevent rubber bath mats harboring bacteria, have a quick sanitization in the dishwasher. Weave it like an accordion around the top rack’s vertical pegs to ensure maximum exposure to all surfaces. The water should have drained thoroughly from the mat after the cycle. If not, dump any excess water out which might have been trapped by the crevices.

These are the list of things you can clean in the dishwasher. But keep in mind that items like tools used for painting, machinery parts, gardening, and auto repairs should never be washed in a dishwasher as these can cause damage to the machine. You should always check labels on jars since, during the cycle, they can become unglued and can clog the wash system.You might have been unaware of which things you can wash in the dishwasher. But now, after reading this blog, you are pretty sure about items you can put in the dishwasher.

Well, if you do not have a dishwasher, and worried about cleaning the dishes, then this article is a must.

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