15 Things You Never Knew You Could Put in the Dishwasher
Boots, toys, potatoes—all are dishwasher safe.
Small plastic toys
Germs can linger on your kids’ toys for months. Disinfect them by putting them in a mesh lingerie bag on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Then just let the normal cycle run. Just make sure you don’t put any of these things in your dishwasher, by the way.
Your hairbrush can hold almost 3,500 colonies of bacteria, according to University of Arizona research. Remove any stray hairs and drop your brush in the silverware tray for a thorough cleanse. Remember: Only plastic brushes or combs. Wooden or boar-bristle brushes will get ruined.
Making mashed potatoes for your next big potluck? Cut your preparation time and wash your spuds on a rinse-only cycle—no detergent!—on the top shelf. Here are some other surprising things your dishwasher can do.
Even rain boots deserve a good rinse once in a while. Remove the liners and lay them down horizontally.
Between leaking meat juices and spilled food, your fridge can get really gross really fast. Instead of scrubbing every last inch clean, throw those shelves in with your other dishes. Before loading these things in there, make sure you’re not making any of these dishwasher loading mistakes.
When it comes to cleaning, common desk items like penholders and trays for scrap paper often get overlooked. If they’re metal or plastic, toss them in your next dishwasher load.
Your bathroom is a haven for bacteria, from soap dishes to bathtub drain plugs to toothbrush holders. Luckily, all of them can be cleaned on the top rack with your other dishes. Also, avoid these cleaning mistakes that are making your home dirtier.