Beyond the Dishes: 10 Surprising Items You Can Wash in Your Dishwasher

When it comes to dishwashers, most of us think of them as the workhorses of the kitchen, diligently scrubbing and sanitizing our plates, glasses, and silverware. But did you know that this humble appliance is capable of far more than just tackling your daily stack of dishes? From everyday household items to unexpected objects, your dishwasher can be a versatile cleaning ally that simplifies your life. Your dishwasher is a versatile cleaning tool that can save you time and effort when it comes to maintaining a wide range of items.

Here are 10 surprising items you can wash in your dishwasher : 

1. Kitchen Sponges 
Kitchen sponges can harbor a ton of bacteria, so why not give them a good clean in the dishwasher ? Place them on the top rack and run a cycle without detergent to kill germs.

2. Plastic Toys 
Children’s toys can get grimy over time. Toss them in a mesh bag on the top rack for a thorough cleaning – just make sure they don’t have batteries or electronic components.

3. Hairbrushes and Combs
Remove hair and residue, place your hairbrushes and combs in the utensil basket, and run a cycle without any other items to avoid contamination.

4. Pet Bowls
Our furry friends deserve clean dining ware, too. The dishwasher is perfect for sanitizing pet food and water bowls. Just ensure you don’t mix them with your own dishes.

5. Caps
Ever tried washing a baseball cap and ended up with a misshapen mess? Place your cap on the top rack, secure it in a dishwasher-safe cap holder, and use a gentle cycle.

6. Toothbrush Holders
Toothbrush holders can get gunky with toothpaste residue. Disassemble them and place the parts in the utensil basket for a thorough clean.

7. Refrigerator Shelves
Taking apart your refrigerator shelves for a good clean can be a hassle. Luckily, many of them are dishwasher-safe, so you can pop them in for easy maintenance.

8. Garden Tools
Outdoor tools, like trowels and pruners, can benefit from a dishwasher’s high-pressure wash. Make sure to remove any wooden or leather components first.

9. Showerheads
Mineral buildup can clog your showerhead. Remove it and place it on the top rack for a powerful descaling cleanse.

10. Sports Gear
Knee and elbow pads, shin guards, and mouthguards can get pretty grimy. Put them in a mesh bag on the top rack to freshen them up.

Now, with these surprising items on your cleaning list, you can make the most out of your dishwasher’s capabilities and enjoy cleaner, more hygienic items throughout your home. So, why not give it a try and see the magic of your dishwasher from Hirsch’s unfold!

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