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Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Staff


14 surprising things you can wash in your dishwasher

Your dishwasher can efficiently clean other everyday items in addition to dishware, utensils and cookware.

If you’re unsure if an item should be washed in a dishwasher, place it on the top rack or wash by hand. Items will small attachments or embellishments such as rhinestones should never be washed in a dishwasher, due to risk of damage to the dishwasher.

Here are 14 everyday things you can wash in your dishwasher:

  1. Stroller and car cup holders.
  2. Soap dishes.
  3. Toothbrushes.
  4. Toothbrush holders.
  5. Mouth guards.
  6. Hair combs.
  7. Plastic desk accessories such as writing utensil holders and paper sorters.
  8. Dustpans.
  9. Microwave oven glass trays.
  10. Plastic children’s and pet toys.
  11. Vacuum attachments.
  12. Kitchen sponges.
  13. Scrub brushes for vegetables, sinks, floors, etc.
  14. Small trash cans.

Note: Do not put in exceptionally tiny or fragile items that may be damaged easily or fall through the cracks into the drain pump.

Despite the many internet articles that suggest you can clean vegetables, cook fish and process preserves in a dishwasher, don’t do it.

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5 Responses to 14 surprising things you can wash in your dishwasher

  1. Tanya says:

    Cook fish? I have never heard of that, so weird. lol A lot of these I never thought of doing before, like a toothbrush. I might have to try it.

    • Jody Lamb says:

      Hi Tanya,

      It’s amazing what’s on the Internet these days about appliance usage! We learn about it from our customers who call in with problems caused by attempting to process food in dishwashers and washing machines!!

  2. paula s says:

    I washing my toothbrush holder today 🙂

  3. Linda Larose says:

    Not sure I would put my dust pan in the dishwasher but I will probably try the other things. (I wouldn’t be able to get past the idea of how dirty my dustpan gets then wash dishes in there. )

  4. Rita Corey says:

    Thanks for the info. I will definitely try some of these.

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