Dishwasher Hacks: 10 Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher

If you’re like most people, you probably think that the dishwasher is only for dishes and silverware. But did you know that there are actually a lot of other things you can wash in the dishwasher? Some of these may surprise you, but let’s look at ten of the most unexpected things that you can put in your dishwasher.

Surprising Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher

Ready to be amazed? Here are ten common household things you can clean in your dishwasher.

Light Fixtures

This is maybe the most surprising on the list of things you can put in the dishwasher! Ceiling lights and other light fixtures can get pretty grimy. But you can clean many of them in the dishwasher. Make sure to only wash non-delicate glass fixtures, nothing with metal or wood.

Sponges

You use your sponge to clean things, so it’s no surprise that it gets pretty dirty. But you can wash it in the dishwasher! Just put it on the top rack and run a normal cycle, preferably on the hot water setting to help kill the germs.

Things You Can Put in the Dishwasher

Vacuum Attachments

Don’t worry about hand-washing those vacuum attachments. You can clean them in the dishwasher, too! Just put them on the top rack and run a normal cycle.

Hairbrushes

If you use your hairbrush often, it’s bound to get pretty dirty. But you can clean it in the dishwasher! Just put it on the top rack and run a normal cycle. Make sure only to do this with plastic brushes, nothing delicate or with wood.

Pet Bowls

If you have pets, their bowls can get slimy and dirty really fast. Avoid dealing with it and just toss them in the dishwasher! Throw it on the top rack on a regular cycle and you’ll get it clean.

Toothbrush Holder

Your toothbrush holder is probably one of the dirtiest things in your bathroom, and should be cleaned often! Making this the first item up on our list of surprising dishwasher-safe items. Just put it on the top rack and run a normal cycle.

Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher

Shower Heads

Your shower head can get pretty gross, especially if you live in an area with hard water. But you can clean it in the dishwasher! Just remove it and put it on the top rack. We’d recommend adding some vinegar to the cycle for this one.

Baby Toys

Babies are notoriously messy, and their toys can get pretty dirty. But you can wash many of them in the dishwasher! Check for a dishwasher safe sign, and if you see one you can go ahead and wash them.

Refrigerator Shelves

The shelves in your refrigerator can get pretty dirty. But you can easily clean them in the dishwasher! Just remove them and put them on the top rack. Make sure to use a gentle cycle, and you should also double-check your manual to make sure they’re dishwasher safe.

Pet Toys

If you have pets, their toys can get covered in dirt, slobber, and who knows what else. Washing these in the dishwasher is a no-brainer and most hard toys and ropes are dishwasher safe!

So there you have it! These are just some of the surprising things that you can wash in the dishwasher. So next time you’re cleaning, don’t forget that you have more options than you think for cleaning some of your household items.

And when you need quality dishwasher repair you can count on, choose Ortega’s Appliance Service! And for more tips, check out our guides on how to improve dishwasher drying, and the easiest way to clean a dirty dishwasher.

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