Did you know that a dishwasher is not only meant for washing dishes? There are several other items in your house that can be sanitized in your dishwasher. Turns out, your dishwasher is a multi-purpose machine. Continue reading to find out the 7 most surprising items included in this list:
Everybody knows how sweaty and stinky these favorite items can get. To have them sanitized, you can use your dishwasher, as it’s a versatile machine. You can simply load the top rack of your machine with your baseball caps that need cleaning. If you are worried that your caps may lose their shape you can buy a plastic frame. It ensures a safer and thorough cleaning and it’ll help the cap maintain its shape.
Did you know that your toothbrush holder is among the dirtiest items in your home? This item is crawling with over two million bacteria. If your holder is made from plastic or brushed stainless steel, you are can put it in your dishwasher (at least once or even twice per week). However, never put your toothbrush in the dishwasher. According to ADA, the machine can destroy it and render it ineffective.
Are you aware that Your Sweaty Workout Accessories can be effectively sanitized in a dishwasher?
Dana White, of ASlobComesClean.com says that you can put visors on the top rack, secure them in place using clothespins and run your dishwasher’s longer sanitize setting – it’s apparently safe and will make your visor very clean.
You can use the ordinary dish washing detergents, provided they don’t contain bleach.
Cabinet knobs and handles? Surprising indeed!
Ceramic knobs as well as handles from the cabinet can be sanitized in your dishwasher. Just have them loaded into the silverware basket and run a standard cycle. However, be warned this is not recommended for metal or brass handles.
What about Fruit and Vegetables?
Throwing your veggies and fruits in your dishwasher may appear like a ticking bomb. However, it’s a very simple and also effective way of batch cleaning all of them at once.
How do you go about it?
Pack them all the in available space to make sure that there’s no room for movement. Use no detergent. You will be surprised at how your fruits and vegetables come up. In addition, it saves plenty of water that would have been used to clean them. So, it’s good for the environment as well.
Kids like their toys so much that they usually gnaw on them. Research shows that bacteria that cause infection can thrive on tea sets and plastic dump trucks for long periods of time. Small toys that don’t have batteries can be sanitized in a dishwasher.
Hairbrushes and combs
Your personal hygiene items named above require a thorough clean regularly. This can be done in your dishwasher. Before you load any hairbrushes, make sure you remove all excess hair. Also be sure that the handles are made out of plastic.
Natural-bristled handles and wood handles won’t fare well in your dishwasher. Many people run their hair brushes frequently through a cycle in dishwashers to sanitize them and kill all germs that previously built up. Provided your brush is plastic-made, you are good to go.
Anything electric or battery operated is a no-go of course.
This is a great way of keeping the keyboard bacteria free. First, remove all the keys. Do not use any form of powder. Also ensure that the dishwasher is on the lowest cycle or setting before placing your keyboard on the top rack.
Surprising right? 🙂
Lastly, my advice is to keep in mind the manufacturer’s safety guidelines when trying to put in your dishwasher these type of items.