Dishwashers are the everyday household heroes of our times. I don’t think I could survive without my dishwasher, which has me quite spoiled. Except for my nice stainless steel pans (which I have to wash by hand — ugh), I throw any dish I can find into that thing.
My dishwasher is a life saver after a big party or holiday meal when there are more dishes than you can handle. But it can do more than just wash dishes.
Here are some other things I put in my dishwasher:
- My kitchen sponges — Just before running a load, I’ll often grab the sponge off the sink and slip it into the top rack of the dishwasher. The hot water and detergent do a great job of cleaning all the gunk and germs out of the sponge, leaving it smelling fresh once again.
- The metal burner covers from my stove top — They are constantly getting splattered with grease when I fry food, so whenever there’s room in the lower rack of my dishwasher, I slip them in like plates and they come out spotless.
- My husband’s dirty baseball caps — They get pretty dingy and dirty after a while, but you can’t put them in the washing machine or else they’ll get all bent out of shape. I’ve heard that those plastic ball cap washers are great for keeping the form on the hat, but honestly I just throw the cap onto the top rack by itself and so far they’ve come out just fine. (Your mileage may vary!)
- The metal grate in the exhaust fan over the stove — Take a look at the bottom side of your exhaust fan sometime and I’ll bet you’ve got one of those metal grates with lots of criss-crossed wires. Mine gets really grimy and dirty over time, and it’s a pain to clean by hand. A quick trip in the dishwasher does wonders, though!
- Your reusable electrostatic filters from your air conditioner — I don’t have one of these myself, but Jo does, and she loves them. These guys are washable and have permanent filters that usually have lifetime warranties. Jo says she always washes her filters in her dishwasher, which does a great job.
- Decorative platters and bowls — Okay, these are technically dishes, but I’m talking about those beautiful, decorative things that we all have sitting on shelves around our homes. Over time they get dusty and are never fun to clean. The next time you are about to run a load in the dishwasher that’s not quite full, take a quick look around and see if there’s something on a shelf that needs freshening up and fit it in.
What else do you put in your dishwasher besides dishes?