It is difficult enough to keep an eye on major cleaning tasks such as vacuuming and mopping without considering all the smaller items around the house that also need to be cleaned! It is, to put it mildly, daunting to feel that there are simply not enough hours in the day to do it all.
But there is a quick and easy way to clean some of the smaller things that you may not have considered before: in your dishwasher. Because much like your washing machine, your dishwasher is capable of cleaning more than the name suggests!
To show you how versatile this particular cleaning machine can be, today we are exploring 19 different things you can clean in your dishwasher. It has become much easier to keep these little things clean!
Related: 18 Unexpected things you can clean in your washing machine
2 General guidelines for cleaning things in the dishwasher
- Only sturdy items should be placed in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, while everything else should be in the top rack to avoid potential damage. (In case of doubt, choose the top stand just to be safe!)
- In most cases, you can wash items and dishes that are not dishes in the same amount without worry. (If the item or items you want to clean are soiled or really dirty, you may be able to wash it yourself.)
19 things you can clean in your dishwasher
1. Silk flowers
Say goodbye to the stubborn layer of dust and dirt on your fake flowers! If they are not completely dry after washing, allow them to air dry before reappearing.
2. Baseball caps
Throw sweaty or dirty ball caps into the top rack of the dishwasher to clean them.
(Note: This only applies to modern caps, almost all of which have solid plastic edges. Vintage caps should be carefully cleaned by hand only if they were made back as cardboard was standard in the hood edge.)
3. Flip Flops
If your favorite pair of flip flops can use a little TLC, throw them in your dishwasher to clean them.
4. Vacuum equipment
When was the last time you cleaned your vacuum equipment? (I personally do not remember the last time I did that, which is never a good sign!) Throw them in the top rack of your dishwasher to remove any dirt that may get trapped inside them.
Unless your hairbrush is made of wood or has natural brushes, you can clean it in your dishwasher. (Just try to remove as much hair from it as possible beforehand and let it air dry for several hours or overnight afterwards.)
Your dishwasher can help blast any dirt and grime stuck to your trowel.
7. Exhaust fans
If your exhaust fan in the bathroom looks particularly dusty, it may prevent the fan from working properly. Non-electrical parts are easy to clean in your dishwasher.
(For more on cleaning your bathroom fan, read my post on the subject!)
8. Kitchen sponges and brushes
Even your cleaning tools need to be cleaned occasionally, especially germ magnets like kitchen sponges, brushes, scrubs, etc.
9. Silicone hot pads and trivets
Many of today’s kitchen equipment is made of silicone, both because it can withstand high temperatures and is easy to clean. In fact, you can throw your silicone rivet, oven gloves, spoon rest, sponge holder, and other accessories in the dishwasher’s top rack to clean them.
10. Microwave turntables
When spilled in the microwave, the turntable usually takes the burden off the clutter. Just put the messy turntable in the bottom of your dishwasher to clean up!
Use your dishwasher to clean any laundry that may stick to the bottom of your vases. Robust vases of glass and ceramic should work fine in the bottom rack, but thin vases should be placed in the top rack.
12. Refrigerator shelves and trash cans
If you have never had any sticky spill inside your refrigerator that went all the way down the back wall and down the production trays, consider yourself lucky! But if you ever do end up with a sticky situation inside your refrigerator, let your dishwasher help with the cleanup by putting any sticky shelves and trash cans in both racks.
13. Luminaires, switchboards and outlet covers
The plastic covers on your switch plates and outlets are almost always dirtier than you might think, and light fixture covers often become dusty resting places for prolonged bugs. Clean them all quickly and easily in your dishwasher – plastic plates on top, sturdy light covers on the bottom.
14. Ventilation covers
The metal covers above the ventilation openings for a central heating or air conditioning system are another common source of dust and dirt. Place the covers in the top rack to give them a good, hands-free cleaning!
15. Desktop Accessories
It may take to clean all the knick-knacks on your desktop manually forever. But many of these things can go straight into the top rack of the dishwasher, such as metal or plastic pencil cups, paper trays and organizers, and even small trash cans.
16. Accessories for the bathroom
Make your bathroom accessories look like new! Your soap dish, toothbrush holder and other such things can go straight into the top rack.
17. Mittens, sponges and brushes
The sponges and scrubs you use in the bath can get stuck with soapy water and product residues over time. A quick wash can give them new life!
You can clean all kinds of children’s toys in your dishwasher! Think of small toys, bath toys, blocks, etc. (If something has small parts, zip them in a laundry bag so they do not disappear.)
19. Pet stuff
You can also clean a surprising number of pet products in your dishwasher. Use it to wash food and water bowls, synthetic collars and cords as well as plastic toys.
Do you clean anything in your dishwasher? (Except for dishes, of course!)