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Surprising Items You Can Put In The Dishwasher


The dishwasher is the savior of the kitchen because of its “set it and forget it” usage. However, you must be wary of what items you place inside of it because not everything is dishwasher safe. To make your life a bit easier, here are a few things you didn’t know that you can put in the dishwasher:

  1. Hand Tools – Hand tools, such as pliers, wrenches, sockets, and screwdrivers, will often become covered in grease and oil. Tossing them in a wash cycle with normal detergent will clean them off, allowing you to grip them firmly once again.
  2. Flip-Flops – This warm weather footwear can become completely dirty within just a few weeks of being worn. Place these bad boys on the top shelf and give it a go.
  3. Golf Balls – Heading to the course for a game of golf this weekend? Don’t show up with dirty, grass-stained golf balls! Place the balls in a mesh ball holder and leave them on the bottom shelf during a wash cycle.
  4. Dog Toys – Most plastic and rubber dog toys tend to be dishwasher safe because they are built with toughness in mind. Clean off the drool and dirt by washing off with a top rack wash.
  5. Contact Lens Cases – Contact Lenses need to be kept clean when they’re not in your eyes, which is why they’re placed in cases. At least once per month, run your contact lens cases through the dishwasher so they can be sanitized of any dirt or bacteria. Place them conveniently in the silverware holder for safe keeping.

Knowing what can be put in the dishwasher can save you time in your day-to-day cleaning while also sanitizing things that aren’t cleaned as often. When your dishwasher can’t efficiently clean all of the kooky things in your home, rely on the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling to repair it for you. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.