Are you tired of doing dishes by hand? Let’s face it, it’s a chore that no one really enjoys. But did you know that dishwashers are capable of so much more than just cleaning dishes?
That’s right! These trusty machines can be used in a variety of creative ways to make your life easier and more convenient. Need to clean your sneakers? Just pop them in the dishwasher! Want to sanitize your children’s toys? No problem, the dishwasher can handle that too.
So, join me as we explore the wonderful world of dishwashers and discover all the surprising things they can do besides washing dishes.
1. Keep food warm
Do you know that cozy feeling of wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket? Well, a dishwasher can do the same thing for your food! By using the heat generated during the wash cycle, your dishwasher can keep your dishes and food toasty warm until it’s time to chow down.
2. Freshen flip-flops
Flip-flops can be stinky, but fear not! Your trusty dishwasher can come to the rescue. Simply place your flip-flops in the dishwasher and let the hot water and detergent work their magic. The result? Fresh, clean-smelling flip-flops that will make your feet happy and your nose even happier.
3. Clean garden tools
Your garden tools have been through a lot – dirt, mud, and maybe even a worm or two. But have no fear, your dishwasher is here! Pop your garden tools in the dishwasher and let the power of the water jets and detergent blast away the grime, leaving your tools sparkling clean and ready for action.
4. Prepare salmon
Who needs a chef when you have a dishwasher? With a little creativity, your dishwasher can cook up a delicious salmon dinner! Simply place the seasoned fish in a heat-proof container, run a cycle with hot water, and voila – perfectly cooked salmon. Just make sure to skip the soap and rinse cycle! Bon appetit!
5. Wash beauty supplies
Makeup brushes and combs may be small, but they can sure be stubborn to clean. But no worries, your dishwasher is here to help! Just load them up in the top rack, add a little detergent, and let the dishwasher’s powerful water jets work their magic. Your beauty supplies will be squeaky clean and ready to use again in no time!
6. Rinse fruits and vegetables
When it comes to rinsing your fruits and veggies, your dishwasher has got your back! Just place them in the top rack, run a cycle with cold water, and let the dishwasher do the rest. Your produce will be squeaky clean and ready to eat in no time.
7. Sanitize children and pet toys
If your kids and pets could talk, they’d thank your dishwasher for the ultimate toy spa treatment! Just load up those germy toys in the dishwasher and let the high-temperature and powerful jets do their magic. Your little ones will be happy and healthy, and your dishwasher will feel like a superhero saving the day!
8. Wash sports equipment
Your sports equipment may be tough, but your dishwasher is tougher! From shin guards to mouthguards, your dishwasher can handle it all. Just load ‘em up, add some detergent, and let the dishwasher do the dirty work. Your gear will come out sparkling clean and ready for the next big game.
9. Sanitize home fixtures
Fixtures make our home look nice, but how often do you clean them thoroughly with a vinegar solution? The answer is, probably not enough, which is why you should unscrew them from their spots and stuff them in your dishwasher! Load up your toothbrush holders, soap dishes, and other small fixtures, run a sanitize cycle, and voila – squeaky clean and germ-free fixtures.
10. Wash loofahs and sponges
Loofahs and bath sponges are great for exfoliating your skin, but they’re also great at collecting bacteria. Yuck. But if you have a dishwasher, you can make them like brand-new again! Load ‘em up in the top rack, add some detergent, and let the dishwasher’s powerful jets blast away the gunk.
11. Clean washing machine detergent drawers
One part of the washing machine that doesn’t get enough love is the detergent drawers. Over time, powdered detergent will turn into a clumped-up mess that’s a pain to clean. Instead of washing them by hand, just put them in your dishwasher and run a hot wash cycle. The next thing you know, the detergent drawers will be squeaky-clean and ready to receive more detergent!
12. Wash trash cans
This might sound a bit icky, but do you know what’s worse? A track can that makes the whole room stink. Empty the trash can, rinse the inside to get rid of the large bits of debris, and place it upside-down on the bottom dishrack (you may need to remove the top rack). I recommend sticking to waste paper baskets for this trick!
13. Sanitize keys
Do you know how many times your keys have changed hands since you got them? Probably too many times to count, but you can solve that problem by giving them a quick wash in your dishwasher. If you’re going to wash your car keys, make sure you remove the fob from the keyring.
14. Clean fan blades and covers
If you’ve ever run a fan for more than 2 hours, you probably know just how dusty its blades and covers can get. Instead of blasting them with a garden hose or pressure washer, just stuff them in your dishwasher and run a hot wash cycle.
15. Wash vases
Not many people give a second thought about the filthiness of flower vases. With people sneezing and coughing all over the place, a few of those germy particles are bound to land in and on the vase. So, remove the faux flowers and carefully place the vase in your dishwasher.
16. Clean rubber bathroom mats
Let’s imagine our rubber bathroom mats are going to a fancy spa day! The dishwasher is like a relaxing sauna for the mats. First, they’ll get a thorough rinse with hot water, then they’ll be treated to a bubbly bubble bath with detergent. Finally, they’ll enjoy a steamy session to get rid of any lingering germs. After their spa day, the mats will be feeling clean, refreshed, and ready to be stepped on again!
17. Sanitize baby items
Simply washing your baby’s pacifiers, teething rings, and bath toys might not be enough to blast all the germs away. For that, you’ll need the power of pressurized water and heat to do the trick! Stick your heat-safe baby items in the dishwasher and run a sanitizing cycle. Your baby will thank you for going the extra mile to keep their stuff nice and clean (actually, they won’t thank you at all).
18. Clean grill grates
It’s like a battle between grime and cleanliness, with the dishwasher as the ultimate champion. The powerful jets of hot water and soap team up to attack and destroy the stubborn remnants of your last barbeque, leaving your grill grates looking brand new. It’s a triumph of modern technology and a testament to the power of a really good clean.
19. Wash hubcaps
When it comes to hubcaps, the dishwasher’s hot water and high-pressure jets team up to blast away dirt, grime, and brake dust. With the power of the dishwasher on your side, your hubcaps will be shining brighter than ever.
20. Clean baseball caps
After a few days of sweating in the sun, baseball caps will begin to stink up a storm. Deodorize that bad boy in your dishwasher by running a light cycle with detergent and hot water