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5 Surprising Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher

Dishwashers not only save a lot of time but help us conserve water and energy, which ultimately translates into saving precious money. 

But, while this magic box in your kitchen offers various monetary and hygiene benefits, what you might not know is that it is completely capable of cleaning a few surprising items.  

That’s right. There are a lot of other dishwasher-safe things that are made from the same material your dishware is made from. 

For example, from bathroom accessories to kids' toys to even home decor, the dishwasher can handle a variety of household items and take care of the cleaning for you. 

In this article, we will share with you the 5 surprising things you can wash in the dishwasher! 

Surprising things you can clean in your dishwasher

Your dishwasher is designed to clean more than just cups and plates. With a little knowledge about dishwasher detergents, correct loading techniques, and essential tips and tricks, your dishwasher is one of the most versatile appliances in your home. 

1. Kitchen tools & items

Dishwasher cleaning extends beyond just cleaning the dishes and cookware in your kitchen. If you have experienced a spill in your microwave, you can wash the turntable by including it in your dishwasher load. 

Similarly, silicone trivets with food splatters and stains can also be placed in the dishwasher, provided that the product's packaging mentions it as safe. 

You can also refresh your kitchen cleaning tools using the dishwasher. Place dish scrub brushes in the utensil holder. For kitchen sponges, either microwave them or place them on the top rack of the dishwasher.

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2. Bathroom accessories

Cleaning tough bathroom or toilet ring stains is one of the best alternate uses for dishwasher detergent. But did you know that some bathroom accessories can also benefit from a dishwasher cycle? 

Toothbrush holders, soap dispensers, and soap dishes are top-rack dishwasher safe and can be added to the load of dishes. 

Fun Fact: Unveil the surprising other uses of automatic dishwasher detergent and change how you perceive this everyday item, transforming it into a multifunctional cleaning agent. 

3. Kids toys & accessories

You can thoroughly clean your child's beloved sippy cups, placemats, and some plastic toys by running them through the dishwasher. Sturdy plastic toys, such as bath toys, are usually dishwasher-safe and can go on the top rack with your dishes. 

Never wash toys with electronic parts in the dishwasher. Always read the product labels to confirm that these items are dishwasher-safe before cleaning them.

4. Home decor 

Your dishwasher can clean various home decor items. Depending on their material, light fixtures, vases, candle holders, outlet covers, pencil cups, and small trash cans might benefit from a dishwasher cycle. 

However, it's important to avoid washing wood, non-stainless steel, certain plastics, thin glass, and painted items in the dishwasher. Always check the product label or manufacturer's website to confirm if an item is dishwasher-safe before placing it in the appliance.

5. Grooming tools 

Plastic brushes and combs can be washed in the dishwasher, ensuring they are free from hair residue before loading them separately from your dishes. 

The dishwasher is also handy for cleaning metal manicure and pedicure tools and maintaining hygiene in your nail care routine. However, grooming tools with wooden handles or natural bristles should never be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning.


While it’s true that the Quantum Ultimate tablets offer the ability to clean your washing machine as part of their perks, but using the dishwasher as a washing machine is a strict no-go.

To prevent cross-contamination from occurring in your dishwasher, it is recommended that you wash items other than dishes in a separate load and then clean your dishwasher before adding dishes for the next load.

Pet toys made of hard plastic and rubber are typically dishwasher-safe and can be loaded onto the top rack of your dishwasher. To avoid any cross-contamination, you may choose to wash pet items separately from your family’s dishes.