Get Your Dishwasher to Spring Clean for You

Spring is here and that means it’s time to spring clean the house.  The house, and the people in it, have been closed up through the winter months. Now that it’s warmer you can clean the winter blah out of the house.  You can get your dishwasher to spring clean for you.  It’s not just for dirty dishes.

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If you stop and think about it, a dishwasher is a power washer for your dishes. It cleans food off dishes, and it will sanitize them as well.  So why not use your dishwasher to clean things that aren’t dishes?

Things You Can Use Your Dishwasher to Spring Clean

The kids’ toys.  The smaller pieces can go in the basket, or even a small mesh laundry bag.  This is especially helpful after the kids have been sick.  Throw those toys in the dishwasher, sanitize them so that the kids don’t get sick all over again.

Tools.  I know, right? I’ve been married to a mechanic and his wrenches and screwdrivers, and socket sets used to get filthy.  A wrench with oil on it can be hard to hold on to.  Throw the tools in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.  Cleans them right up.

Pet toys. If you can clean the kids’ toys in the dishwasher, why not the dog’s or the cat’s toys?  Sometimes their toys are the nastiest.  Throw those suckers in the dishwasher.

Grill rack.  Instead of trying to scrape the clean with a wire brush, throw them in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.

Ball caps.  Ball caps can get nasty dirty, especially in the summer months because of sweat.  Did you know you can throw them in the dishwasher and clean them that way?  Don’t use dishwashing soap as they contain bleaching agents.  If you’re worried about your cap losing it’s shape, you can get a Ballcap Buddy.*

Pet bowls.  Throw their food dishes and water dishes in the dishwasher.  They may not know or care that it’s clean, but you will.  Besides, it gets rid of bacteria and keeps your pets from getting sick.

Toothbrushes.  We’ve already talked about how the dishwasher can sanitize toys and how that’s a good idea after someone has been sick.  Same goes for the toothbrushes.  Tuck them into a basket on the top shelf.

Shoes. Ok, not just any pair of shoes.  Manolos and Louboutins are not dishwasher safe.  Flip-flops, and rubber boots, rain boots, even canvas shoes like KEDS can all go in the dishwasher.  Make sure to remove any liners, and do not dry them in the dishwasher.

Your Bathroom.  Ok, maybe not the entire bathroom, but definitely the soap dishes, shower caddies, drain plugs, rubber bathmats, can all go in the dishwasher. Even your shower head and faucet handles.

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Light covers.  Domed light covers can accumulate dead bugs, and dust.  Take those light covers down, dump the bodies, and throw the covers in the dishwasher, top rack.

Potatoes.  Skip the soap.  Not a full cycle, just a rinse cycle.  Boom.  I’m your new best friend now. You’re welcome.

Outlet and light switch cover plates.  Takes a few seconds to remove them. Then you run then through the dishwasher, and when they have dried completely, put them back on. Nobody thinks to clean them, but light switch plates can get dirty pretty quickly.

Trashcan lids.  If your family is like my family, the trashcan lid is so gross.  Apparently my family is training for some kind of Olympic Trash Stacking competition so that means the lid of the trashcan is disgusting on both sides.  Throw it in the dishwasher, and POOF it’s clean and you’re not grossed out anymore.

And last, but not least, adult toys.  Just like the kids’ toys, your toys need to be cleaned as well.  Obviously if they have cords or batteries it’s probably best if they don’t go in the dishwasher.  But glass, or silicone should be fine.  Just remember to take them out before the kids come home looking for an after school snack.

Let your dishwasher do some of the dirty work for you. Things you wouldn’t normally clean because it just takes too much effort, are effortless in the dishwasher.

What other things would you use your dishwasher to clean?

I’d love to hear from you!!

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About Becky

While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

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