10 surprising things you can clean in the dishwasher

For anyone who has one, the dishwasher is an essential part of their kitchen and has removed the monotony of cleaning dishes, cups and glasses, giving you time to relax instead of slogging over the sink.

While this is great, it needn’t stop there and you may be surprised by how versatile your dishwasher can be. So here are ten unexpected things you can clean in your dishwasher which will expand your free time even further!

1. Children’s Toys

Chewed, covered in food or rolled across the floor, your kid’s favourite toys can take a real beating and it can get even worse if you add in their new friends during a playdate. Be sure that they have no electronic parts before throwing them in.

2. Sponges

A sponge’s damp surface is the perfect way for nasty bacteria to develop and as easy as it is to throw them out and buy a new set, the heat of the dishwasher will kill off any unwanted guests, saving you from buying more too often.

3. Extractor fan filter

Recommended to be taken down and cleaned every couple of months. The inevitable build-up of grease can be a messy job to clean however the high temperature of your dishwasher coupled with a strong powder should remove most of the grease leaving you very little to rinse off in your sink.

4. Parts of your kitchen appliances

From the knobs and burners on your range, microwave trays and even the plugs from your sinks, a lot of the small parts of your kitchen can be safely and easily cleaned and can make a real difference in giving your kitchen a shine.

5. Bathroom items

Toothbrush holders, soap dishes, shower racks and the rest of your bathroom items can be a pain to scrub clean but a quick run through your dishwasher will have them sparkling in no time.

6. Computer keyboard

This one is seen by some as an urban myth and others as a great way of keeping your keyboard looking brand new. You’re recommended to remove all of the keys first and not to use any powders and ensure the machine is on its lowest setting before placing you keyboard on the top rack. Many claim that your keyboard’s circuits can be damaged by this process, so beware of risks before you begin. You can find more information here.

7. Wellington Boots

Dirty wellies can be a pain to clean and very rarely look brand new after a few trips out in the rain but you may be surprised by the results after you put them through your washer. You’re best to remove any lining and insoles before so you’re not waiting too long for them to dry.

8. Fruit and Vegetables

Throwing your fruit and veg in your dishwasher may seem like a recipe for disaster but it’s a simple and effective way of batch cleaning them all at once.  Packing all available space, so there’s no movement and using no detergent and on a cold rinse and you’ll be amazed at how well your veggies come up. It saves a lot of water that you would use cleaning them under the tap so it’s great for the environment too!

9. Car parts

You’ll still need to go to the carwash for the most part but your hub caps, tire covers and floor mats can easily be put through your dishwasher.

10. Tools

Check that they are rust-free and without wooden handles before you begin, but most tools including the ones used for gardening can really benefit from a spin through the dishwasher. Many of these tools will have been in contact with dirt and pesticides, so don’t wash them without any other dishes and also run a sanitizing cycle before you clean anything else.

Do you have any dishwasher tips?

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