Cleaning Utensils and Cookware in a Dishwasher

Many of us are familiar with the dishwasher, a modern appliance that means that you don’t have to waste time, effort, soap and water on washing the dishes, or at least not as regularly. Of course, we know how dishwashers can effectively clean dishes, but not many people are aware of its other uses.

So, what if you were told that you could use your dishwasher to clean a number of household utensils and cookware? You might not believe it, but you’d be surprised at how many other things can be washed in this appliance, even things such as muddy shoes, toys and toothbrushes.

The range of dishwasher-safe items is incredibly wide, and includes virtually anything that won’t melt in high temperatures of 130-170 degrees. This article will show you exactly which surprising everyday objects can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

How to Clean Utensils and Cookware in a Dishwasher

Are your dish sponges filthy?

When you use sponges regularly, or for something especially dirty, it’s very tempting to just throw it away and get a new one. However, this can be wasteful if the sponge itself is in a good condition.

No matter how dirty it may look, the dishwasher can give it a deep clean until it looks brand new again. It’s said that the sponge can be washed on a normal cycle with the rest of your everyday dishes, and that the top rack is the best place to put it.

dish sponges

Have you been using the same washing up brush which needs a clean?

Similarly, washing up brushes can become dirty over time, but it isn’t as easily visible compared to sponges. However, the brushes collect dirt and bacteria very easily, and it’s important to clean them thoroughly and regularly.

Much like the sponges, this is very quick and easy to do, and can also be done on a normal cycle at the same time as the dishes, with the brush placed on the top rack.

washing up brushe

Is your soap dish covered in slimy soap residue?

Soap dishes are great for storing your bar of soap, but they can become very grimy due to the wet soap sticking to it and rubbing off on it, not to mention the amount of unclean hands that have touched it.

Again, this can be run on a normal cycle with your other dishes, placed on the top rack.

soap dish

Have parts of your oven developed a thick layer of grease?

The oven gets dirty very quickly, and grease/grime can splatter, especially if you fry food a lot. If it isn’t cleaned up immediately, this grease will harden and build up over time, making it a strenuous and time-consuming job when the time actually comes.

However, some parts of the oven can be removed to make it easier to clean. While most of these can soak in warm water and soap, some parts can be placed in the dishwasher for an intense cleanse. These include the plastic dials and, in some cases, the gas burners on top of the oven, but you must check that these are dishwasher-friendly first.

greasy oven parts

When was the last time you cleaned your salt and pepper shakers?

You might not even consider how dirty your salt and pepper shakers can become, but they are said to gather grease and grime as they’re passed around and handled all the time.

These can also be washed with your regular load, and should be tucked away on the top shelf. It’s important to make sure the shakers are completely dry, especially on the inside, before refilling them with salt and pepper.

salt and pepper shakers

Have you been using the same butter dish without it being properly cleaned?

Other products that can and should be washed on a normal load with other dishes are butter dishes. These will get dirty very quickly as they contain butter which is incredibly greasy.

As butter is dairy and as the dishes are used for long periods of time, they’re in need of a deep clean after due to the build-up of grease and bacteria. This can be placed on the top rack to make it look good as new.

butter dish

How long has your sugar bowl been left uncleaned?

Again, as long as the bowl is made from a dishwasher-safe material, then it can also undergo an intense cleanse in the dishwasher alongside your standard cycle.

It’s important to clean sugar bowls because they’re used for a long time which builds grime and bacteria. Furthermore, the constant act of dipping in a used teaspoon makes the sugar bowl even more in need of cleaning.

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