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October 22, 2016

25 unusual things you can clean in the dishwasher – CNET

by John_A


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: Yep, that’s right. 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, though.

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.

Makeupbrushes: 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 dishwashing 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: Put them in the silverware bin to sanitize them at least every month or so.

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.

Keys: If your baby likes to stick your keys in her mouth, slide the keyring around one of the pegs in the top rack and run a load to kill germs before they make their way into baby’s mouth. Just make sure to take the electronic keys off the ring first.

Shower puff: Your shower puff can get gross if it isn’t cleaned regularly. Put it on the top rack during a gentle cycle.

Hair ties: If your elastics are getting a little grungy, pop them in the bottom of your silverware cup and hold them down with a spoon so they don’t fly out during the wash cycle.

Fingernail clippers: Fingernail clippers can be washed in the silverware cup. Just make get them good and dry to prevent rust.

Hair trimmer guards: The plastic guards for your electric hair trimmer can be put in a mesh bag and thrown in the top rack to remove bits of hair and oils for the scalp.

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