6 Creative Ways To Use Your Dishwasher
April 29, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Most homes today aren’t complete without the biggest kitchen helper of all – the mighty dishwasher. However, many people don’t know that the dishwasher can help you out with washing much more than dishes. Here, we’re going to discuss some dishwasher hacks so that you can get the most out of the machine.
- Toys: Children and babies are masters of getting their toys grimy and dirty. Any non-battery powered plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher. You may want to put more delicate toys on the top rack. If the plastic is thin, you’ll want to make sure that the toy isn’t squished so that it won’t come out warped after the wash. If your dishwasher has a sanitize setting, you can turn that on for germ-free toys.
- Rain Boots: Ever wondered how to get your rain boots clean? As it turns out, basically any dishwasher that’s large enough can get your boots spic and span. You should start out by removing the fabric lining inside the boot. Next, take time to hand-remove any visible debris, including clumps of mud and dirt. Lie the boots down across the prongs, not vertically. This will ensure that all corners of the boots will get touched. You can just use a regular setting, or the sanitize setting if you’ve stepped in something particularly messy lately. This technique also works for plastic flip-flops.
- Sponges and Brushes: You’ve likely heard the claim that sponges are one of the most bacteria-ridden objects in any household. Unfortunately, this claim is true. Luckily, your handy dandy dishwasher can step in and make things much cleaner. Any kitchen sponge or dish brush can simply be tossed in with the dishes, and should be on pretty much every cycle. Sponges only have a very short lifespan, and should be thrown away immediately if they begin to harbor any bad smells. Simply put your dishwasher on a sanitize cycle, and let your cleaning supplies clean each other!
- Sports Gear: Anyone with teenagers or adults who play sports know that gear can rack up a hefty amount of bacteria in no time. Simply throw in plastic-based accessories in the dishwasher, and let the machine clean for you. Mouth guards are great candidates to be washed in the dishwasher, along with knee and arm pads. Leave the uniforms to the washing machine.
- Bathroom Accessories: Objects like your toothbrush holder, your soap bed, and your shower caddy can be disinfected in the dishwasher. Try to get off as much caked-on soap and toothpaste as you can by hand, but then feel free to let the dishwasher take a crack at it. Again, you’ll want to use the sanitize setting if at all possible for this wash.
- Tools: Whether you’re in need of clean gardening tools, or your hammer could use a good scrub, almost any household tools can be taken care of in the dishwasher. Remove any visible dirt and grime that you can beforehand. You may want to let your tools soak before you throw them in the dishwasher to remove and large clumps of mess.
Feel free to get creative with your dishwasher uses. Anything around the home made of plastic is a great contender to be washed in the machine. If you aren’t sure that the object is dishwasher-safe, make sure to do your research on the components of the item.
Do you have any interesting uses for your dishwasher? Leave your comments below!