Who nowadays likes to do dishes? We all toss all the dishes into the dishwasher the first opportunity we get. If you think dishes are the only items that can be washed in the dishwasher, then, you are missing the opportunity to cut time and money from your daily lives.
Taking an inventory around the house to see what items are of the same material as your dishes. These can be cleaned and sanitized in your dishwasher along with your dirty dishes. I have a client, a young mom who tosses kid’s toys in the dishwasher in the night. Kids’ bibs, silicone oven mitts and stainless steel pencil boxes have a great place in your dishwasher.

1. Toys

Along with the regular dishes, the plastic toys can be washed in the dishwasher. Just make sure that they are put in the basket provided or the top rack. Stuffed toys would not have a place here. However, most childrens toys are made of silicone or hard plastic making it very easy to toss them into the dishwasher

2. Baseball caps and visors

Why wait for the laundry day and risk getting those visors and caps crushed in the washer? Instead, just top them on to the top rack and you will have clean visors and caps. You might need to air dry it for a couple of hours but you will have freshly cleaned caps and visors!

3. Kitchen sponge and brush

Kitchen sponges and dish brushes are a harbor for bacteria and mold if not cleaned everyday. As a matter of habit, you could throw the sponge and the brush into the dishwasher every night. The next morning you will have a guaranteed clean brush. Germ free that too.

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4. Flowers and Plants

Many of us have plastic flowers and plants that need dusting from time to time. The lines and the crevices on these foliage are where the dust particles build up and the very same line in the foliage makes it very difficult for dusting. So, it is best to just stick the flowers in the dishwasher and run it along with your dishes. Make sure that they are on the top shelf and your foliage will come out sparkling clean.

5. Bathroom knicks and knacks

It is advisable to clean and sanitize the soap dish holders, hair brushes and toothbrushes at least once a week. In order to do this effectively and efficiently, you can remove the hair from the brushes and put them in the dishwasher along with the soap dishes and toothbrushes and run it through a hot wash. These can be put along with the regular cycle of dishes.

6. Refrigerator Shelving.

If you are the type of person who likes to clean your refrigerator regularly, you might agree that cleaning the shelves is always a pain in the neck. Removing the shelves and stacking them in the dishwasher ( remove the top rack if needed) and run it on a regular or heavy duty cycle based on the crud and gunk accumulated. You will be so glad you did!

7. Potatoes

What, taters in the dishwasher? No more scrubbing? How can that even be? While this is really ‘out there’ idea wise, but it is true. When batch or mass cooking mashed potatoes or any other dish, just arrange the potatoes in the top shelf of the dishwasher. Use the RINSE cycle and remember NO detergent!! Your potatoes will come out clean and ready to use!!
Fair warning! You might enjoy the sparkly clean look of all the above items that you have cleaned that you might just go on a cleaning freak and go on an item hunt! Whatever you choose to clean, make sure that it is plastic or silicone and the hot water will not hurt the integrity of the material of the item.