Beyond Dishes: 9 Surprising Things That Can Go in Your Dishwasher

We all know the things that absolutely, under-no-circumstances, the-world-will-end-if-you-do, cannot go in the dishwasher: cast iron pans, good knives, wooden cutting boards, the fancy china and hand-painted ceramic platters, to name just a few. But we put together a list of household items that, surprisingly, not only are safe to go in the dishwasher, but can get cleaned really well by doing so.

Hair brushes: As long as you make sure to pull out as much hair as possible (so as not to clog up the drain), brushes are perfectly safe to go into the dishwasher, which will remove all that dust and fuzz that collects over time.

Flip flops: Especially in warmer weather, flip flops get filthy fast! Place them in the top rack and wash away dirt, grime (and who knows what else) in one cycle.

Plastic plants: One obvious sign that a plant is fake is the dust that collects on the leaves. But it can be near impossible to dust (like, really dust) fake plants like succulents. Luckily the dishwasher can hit all those hard-to-get places and make them look good as new.

Sponges: Some people suggest sanitizing a sponge in the microwave but microwaving your sponge can actually be a fire hazard, and isn’t actually all that effective. Putting sponges in the dishwasher with your regular load of dishes is safer and more effective.

Plastic toys: If you have kids, chances are there are toys around. Any plastic toys (that don’t use batteries, of course) can be put in the dishwasher. This is particularly helpful to sanitize toys when you have small children who put everything in their mouths.

Light switch covers: If you’ve ever taken off your light switch covers to paint, you know how gross these things can get. Once a year, unscrew them all and give them a good cleaning. Just make sure you put the screws in a safe place so you don’t lose them.

Makeup brushes: You may not think to clean these but blush and other powder can build up over time on your brushes. Just make sure to run the dishwasher on a lower-temp setting, so as not to melt the glue that holds the brush hairs together.

Baseball hats: These can get super sweaty but a run through the dishwasher will get them good as new. Set your dishwasher to the least warm temperature setting and just be sure to turn off the drying cycle (or take the hat our early), which can damage the hat.

Loofahs and shower puffs: Even though you’re cleaning with them, much like a sponge, these things can get moldy and gross quickly. Run them in the dishwasher and they’ll be good as new.

So go ahead, put your dishes in with your flip flops and save yourself some time! Just remember to always, always, hand wash those cast iron pots!

Have you ever put in any random items to get cleaned in the dishwasher? We’d love to know! Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Better Housekeeping Shop is your go-to place for all your appliance needs, dishwashers included! Give us a call at 732-741-4310 or stop into our store and speak to one of our sales associates.

 

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