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I love having a dishwasher. There have been homes that I have lived in where I didn’t have this luxury, so when we moved in 6 months ago, I was so excited that there was a dishwasher here. I use it multiple times a day! With eight people living under one roof, you could probably imagine how many dishes we wash daily! Then, times that by about 10. Really, it is a lot. But that isn’t the only thing that I use my dishwasher for. There are so many things that you just can’t get REALLY clean without the sanitization of a dishwasher. Before throwing these things in my dishwasher to clean, I usually just threw these items away.
Even if you are just planning to reuse them for household chores, like scrubbing the sink, throwing the toothbrushes in the dishwasher will get them super clean, so you aren’t spreading germs. After I’ve used them to scrub grout, sinks, toilets, etc. I throw them in the dishwasher to make sure they are clean. I also sometimes dunk them in a bleach solution beforehand to make sure all those germs are gone!
Legos and other small toys
Sometimes I use the washing machine for this, but the dishwasher works great too. Just throw all of those little pains in the foot in a zippered mesh laundry bag (I absolutely love these ones. They are colored coded!) and place it in the dishwasher. Cleaning legos, and other toys, can be such a pain, but definitely a necessity, especially after you’ve had a sick little one. The dishwasher does a great job getting into all those crevices.
Vacuum Tank and Accessories
I can’t stand how dirty my bag-less vacuum (this is the vacuum I have and it really stands up to all of the people and pets in our home) gets. It was driving me crazy. I would take it into the bathtub and scrub it every few uses, but couldn’t get into all of those little nooks and crannies. So, I started rinsing it out really well and throwing it into the dishwasher and it has never been cleaner! I also do the same thing with the carpet cleaner tank, and the tools and accessories for both machines.
Baby and toddler bath toys can get disgusting and slimy. It is awful! Scrubbing them individually is too time consuming and most people just throw them out, but you can toss those suckers in the dishwasher, let them air dry, and you are good to go! If you have toys filled with water, squeeze them out, and let them dry in a sunny place, like by a window. I know there is a “hack” to super glue the bottom of those toys with a dab of glue, but that is not a great idea, in my opinion. First of all, if your little one squeezes hard enough that dot of glue will pop off. Second, they like squeezing the toys! That is part of the fun. I just squeeze out as much water as I can, and let them air dry in the sun.
Sponges and Brushes
Cleaning tools like sponges, brushes (including bottle brushes), can be thrown in the dishwasher to both clean and sanitize. I don’t know about you, but I get so grossed out when those bottle brushes and sponges get dirty. They start to stink! Same with the baby toys, just let them air dry after they’ve been washed.
Make sure to rinse them and that they haven’t been used with any toxic paint. Kid’s washable paint and tempera are usually safe ones. Check the bottle if you have concerns.
Tweezer, nail clippers, and toenail clippers
These are also things that can get icky if not cleaned periodically. You can hand wash them and let them soak in a little bleach water, but this is just as easy. I generally put them in either the silverware compartment, baby bottle basket, or in a small laundry mesh bag that is made for lingerie.
This is just a short list of some of the things that you can wash in the dishwasher. If you can think of something that deserves to be in this post, leave a comment. If I include your idea, I will add your name and blog link (if you have one) next your submission!