Toys are all over the place. Dishes are piled up in the sink. You feel like you will never catch up on cleaning anything. Does this sound like your life? Creating memories with the family can be fun, but the cleanup after can be very stressful for the parents or older siblings. Luckily, your dishwasher can be used for way more than the typical dishes. Take a look and see all of the creative ways your dishwasher can help make life easier.
- Dirty, sweaty baseball caps? Treat the stink with a spray of vinegar and let them sit for 10 minutes, then run them through the dishwasher on the top rack. They will maintain their shape and come out looking and smelling like new!
- TOYS! Small toys, such as blocks or bath toys, can be washed and dried in the dishwasher. Stick the tiny ones in a mesh bag or place them in the silverware rack.
- Hands tired from scrubbing stovetop grates? Let the dishwasher do the hard grease removal for you.
- Did you know fresh produce can be washed on the top rack? Of course, skip the detergent for this one and just run it through the quick rinse cycle. Perfect for large amounts of produce that need to be washed in a pinch, like on Thanksgiving day! Perfect for saving time and space when the rest of the kitchen is overtaken by food.
- Toothbrush holders are an often forgotten item to be cleaned. Toothpaste and water can pile up and cause some nasty gunk inside. Since they are essentially dishes, go ahead and throw them in too! Try running them through at least once a month to keep them sparkly clean.
- The dishwasher can be run on the no-heat setting to clean smelly SHOES! Rubber boots, flip flops, and canvas shoes are all safe to clean with this method. Just make sure to remove any laces or liners and let them air dry afterwards. Good as new!
- If you’re a nursing/pumping mama, breast pump parts can be placed in a mesh bag and washed on the top rack. Just make sure your specific parts are dishwasher-safe first. If they are, this will save a ton of time and trouble from meticulously hand-washing every single piece.
- Safely unscrew switch plate covers that are touched daily and include them on a cycle to sanitize and remove dirt stains.
- You can place your keys on a rack (with a cup over them to keep them in place) or in the silverware holder to sanitize them every once in a while.
- Metal household items, such as vent grates, are dishwasher safe and can make for quick cleanup and dust removal.
- Kids participate in sports? House constantly smelling like sweat? Run that nasty sports gear through a hot rinse cycle with a drop of dish soap and a tablespoon of baking soda instead of detergent. Win-win for everyone.
- Cabinet knobs and drawer pulls can be placed in a mesh bag, as long as they’re not wood. Quick and easy sanitizing.
- One of the most gross items in the bathroom is the shower head. It is a home for scum buildup. Pop that in the dishwasher and save yourself some scrubbing trouble.
- Beauty tools and makeup brushes can go in the silverware basket. This should be done at least once a week to keep bacteria off of them.
- Shelves and drawers from the refrigerator! This is an easy way to remove grease and grime from those leftovers that may leak.
Hopefully this list will make your life easier and your home cleaner. Enjoy cleaning everything in the dishwasher!