About a year ago our dishwasher RUDELY stopped working! I was actually quite upset with this appliance because it wasn’t that old. In PROTEST I decided I would simply stop using a dishwasher! I’d show THAT appliance who was boss!! HA! I ended up eating those words with a large helping of CROW! I was practically begging the hubster to find us a new/used one after less than a week.
Not surprisingly he was ALL FOR the idea…because as domestically blissful as it sounds to wash and dry the dishes together after a meal…it isn’t! :-)
Washing and drying everything by hand just made us grumpy. Grumpy and bitter.
Since that time I can honestly say I’ve never taken my dishwasher for granted. But I HAVE, apparently, underestimated its’ capabilities!! I recently came across several articles and forum threads listing surprising things you can use your dishwasher for BESIDES just washing dishes!
Some of them are little bit of a stretch…but a lot of them are downright SMART! So I knew I had to share them with you….because I know you like smart ideas as much as I do. :-)
#1 Baseball caps.
This one is probably the ONLY thing I’ve ever heard of putting in the dishwasher that isn’t dishes. Makes sense. Baseball caps are usually ruined in the washing machine, but will hold their shape pretty well in the dishwasher, especially if you use a Cap Shaper thingie (this one is $6 on Amazon.com).
If you’re in charge of the mashed potatoes for the next Thanksgiving Dinner, instead of washing each one individually by hand….try placing them on the top rack of your dishwasher (NO soap!) and running them through on the rinse cycle. Makes mashed potatoes for a crowd MUCH quicker!
Just wrap it well in foil with your favorite marinade. Make sure it is well sealed. Run an entire cycle, including dry. (Of course, do NOT add soap.) The salmon will be steamed perfectly, very moist and delicious with no smell in the kitchen at all.
#4 Garden Tools.
Garden tools and household tools with plastic handles can go in the dishwasher. Wash them separately if they have had any chemicals on them.
#5 Sporting Equipment.
Shin-guards, knee-pads and mouth-guards can all go on the top rack.
#6 Warming Oven.
If you’re entertaining and don’t have enough ovens to keep everything warm, just put the dishwasher on HEAT/DRY CYCLE, NO WATER and you have a makeshift “warming oven”.
#7 Vacuum Attachments.
Shake loose dust into the trash first, stick the attachments in the silverware basket.
#8 Hairbrushes, Combs and Hair Accessories.
Hairbrushes and combs made of plastic can go in the cutlery tray, but not wood or natural boar-bristle brushes. Be sure to remove all the hair first to protect the drain.
#9 Plastic Toys.
Little plastic toys and action figures can be tossed into the cutlery closure, plastic basket or in a mesh bag. Works for pet toys too!
#10 Flip Flops, Wellies, and Crocs.
Run a wash with a little baking soda added to clean your plastic footwear.
#11 Vent Covers and Fan Grills.
Instead of trying to clean inside all the grooves, remove them and run them through a dishwasher cycle.
#12 Window Screens.
If it fits in the dishwasher you’ll save all that tedious detail washing and blast though dust and grime in one dishwasher cycle.
#13 Light Fixture Covers.
Wash on gentle setting. Much easier than dusting them.
#14 Refrigerator Shelving.
Most modern refrigerator shelving is designed to be dishwasher safe (older appliances are likely not). Removal of the top dishwasher rack may be necessary to fit shelves in properly.
NOTE: For most of these items, it’s best to wash them separately and not with your regular dishes. And don’t forget to clean your dishwasher every few months (even if you’re not using it to clean anything but dishes!) to ensure your washer stays germ and bacteria free.