Believe it or not — your dishwasher is probably the most versatile appliance in your home. Beyond saving you the manual labor of scrubbing dirty dishes, it can also be used in several useful ways — did you know you can even cook salmon? So if you are looking to get the most out of your dishwasher, here are seven odd ways to do so:
1. Brushes. Your makeup and hair brushes can collect residue and bacteria. To avoid irritation or acne, sanitize them in your dishwasher. Remove all hair from your hair brushes and place them in the silverware cup. Wash on low to avoid melting.
2. Shower Heads. Looking to clear gunk from your shower head holes? Your dishwasher can help! Place it on the top rack of your machine and wash on the pots and pans cycle. You can even wash it with other cookware.
3. Cleaning Supplies. Your dustpan and sponge see a lot of dirt — so why not keep them clean too? Run both on a normal cycle, but be sure to keep your sponge on the top rack.
4. Toys. Smaller plastic toys, such as baby toys and action figures can collect germs quick. To keep them clean, you can place them in a mesh bag and wash on the top rack. Have a dog? Most pet toys are dishwasher friendly too. Just check the label to see if they are dishwasher safe.
5. Shoes. Are your rubber shoes getting dingy? Run them through your dishwasher with a little baking soda. Bonus — you’ll also be able to get rid of the gunk in your machine.
6. Baseball Caps. If you can’t part with your favorite hat, but it’s beginning to look worn— try your dishwasher! Place on the top rack with the cap opening down. Wash separately with a little borax or bleach free washing detergent on the heated dry option. Reshape and dry over a glass.
7. Tools. Tools can get covered and oil and dust over time. To make your rusty old tools look brand new — wash them! Run a separate load and let air dry before use.