Dishwasher Hacks

Gli usi alternativi della lavastoviglie

Just because the name carries the word ‘dish’ does not mean that your dishwasher can only wash dishes. Indeed, your dishwasher can be used to clean a variety of surprising household items and it has some quirky uses as well. We’re talking about cooking, cleaning your boots or even washing potatoes for dinner using your dishwasher! You can get really inventive about using your dishwasher, but do make sure that you use Finish Dishwasher Cleaner daily to keep your dishwasher clean and performing at peak efficiency. 

Clean… Just about anything

Just because they’re called dishwashers doesn’t mean you should only pop your dishes into them. Did you know that you can also wash your pets’ and children’s’ toys, your tools (hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers are all dishwasher-friendly), and even your dust pans. Your dishwasher is a veritable multi-tasking cleaning tool that is capable of cleaning just about anything. But you must avoid mixing different categories and materials of items in a single load.

Wash your Clothing

You have a serviceable washing machine, so why would you wash your clothes in the dishwasher? We say – try washing such items as baseball caps in your dishwasher. It is the best way to clean off any sweat bands and marks that appear on the caps. Besides, baseball caps have the perfect shape for use in the dishwasher, and all the dirt will be rinsed off easily. Not just caps, you can also clean footwear, provided you’ve removed any lining inside. Your Wellington boots are easily washed in a dishwasher, as are flip flops.  


This might sound really outlandish at first, and most people don’t believe it when they are told that they can cook many things in the dishwasher. You can cook salmon fillet quite easily in the dishwasher, in case you were wondering. There is enough steam in the dishwasher – though the temperature does not exceed 70C, so the food won’t overcook. You can run the dishwasher on its highest setting and allow the food to be cooked slowly to a melting yumminess. The fillet will not be dry or tough, but you must wrap it tightly in foil and make sure there is no detergent in the dishwasher. For the recipe on how to do this, see here.


Like your carpentry tools and Wellington boots, you can clean your garden tools in the dishwasher, too. Wash garden forks, trowels, and other tools in the dishwasher to get them back to their best. Do not pile anything with a wooden handle, or it will be warped by the heat. If you’ve picked the fruit and vegetables from your garden, you can wash them in the dishwasher too, to remove any soil. The best way to get the dirt and mud off a mass of potatoes is to pop them in the dishwasher.