Non-dishwashing things you can do with a dishwasher

What can you wash in a dishwasher apart from dishes? Can it do more than just wash things? Our staff team was curious, so we looked into it.

Cat in dishwasher

What can a dishwasher wash apart from dishes?

  • Baby bottles.
  • Microwave rotating turntable.
  • Crocs, flip flops and gumboots.
  • Baseball caps.
  • Hairbrushes and combs. This is especially great for sanitising combs that have been used for de-lousing your kids. (NB: Do not put hairbrushes with a wooden handle in the dishwasher. They will not appreciate it.)
  • Metal and plastic children’s toys.
  • Plastic dogs’ toys.
  • Pet food and water dishes.
  • Fabric or plastic cup holders or beer cozies.
  • Cushion covers.
  • Clothing.
  • Kitchen brushes and sponges.
  • Toilet brushes. (But you’ll want to rinse the dishwasher again afterwards!)
  • Hub caps.
  • Light fixtures. (Get rid of the bugs. Just use the gentle cycle.)
  • Dirty stove knobs.
  • Mop heads.
  • Dustpan and brush.
  • Vacuum attachments.
  • Refrigerator shelves.
  • Fake flowers that are looking dusty.
  • Toothbrush holders.
  • Make-up brushes.
  • Paintbrushes and other art tools.
  • Razors.
  • Garden tools.
  • Mouth guards.
  • Shin guards.
  • Soccer balls.
  • Softball helmets.
  • Tennis balls.
  • Golf balls. Fore!

We think you get the picture.

What else can a dishwasher do?

  • Cook food (if you put the food in a water-tight, air-tight container first). Lifehacker has poached salmon and chicken and vegetables in aluminium foil, and even cleaned potatoes before baking them.
  • Use it as storage space if it breaks down or you aren’t using it much.

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