Alternative Dishwasher Uses

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If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher in your apartment, then you will be excited to know that you can wash so much more than just dishes in it. You should use this helpful tool to clean everything from sneakers to children’s toys. Check out these things that you can clean in your dishwasher and let everything in your apartment sparkle.


While this may sound crazy, you can absolutely clean shoes in your dishwasher. Just be sure not to clean shoes with your dishes as this is gross. Before putting a pair of shoes in the dishwasher, you will want to check them for any trouble spots and remove them before you do the general cleaning in the dishwasher. Ensure the open part of your shoe is over the bottom rack’s rungs in the dishwasher, and the bottom part of the shoe is facing up. You can run the dishwasher with your regular dish soap in it and be sure to turn off the heat dry option, so you don’t shrink your shoes accidentally. Let your shoes air-dry overnight. You can also wash flip flops and sandals on the top rack in the dishwasher.


Your keys go everywhere with you, and you’re always touching them. This means that your keys are likely covered in dirt and germs, and you probably don’t clean them as much as you should be. Thankfully, you can put your keys in the dishwasher. Simply place them in your silverware holder, and your keys will come out clean and sanitized.

Pet Supplies

Your dog or cat loves their toys, and they likely get drool all over them. It’s a good idea to keep your pet’s toys clean. Most of your pet’s toys and other supplies can be cleaned regularly in the dishwasher. When you’re cleaning pet supplies in the dishwasher, it’s essential not to use detergent as it can contain harmful chemicals. Instead, try using a little vinegar for a pet-safe cleaning solution in your dishwasher. Pretty much everything for your pet that’s not made of leather can be cleaned in the dishwasher without the heat dry setting.

Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are one thing that tends to get dirty quickly. If you clean them regularly, they will last longer and perform better. Makeup brushes are one thing that can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. To clean your makeup brushes in the dishwasher, put them in your silver Ware Holder and run them through a regular cycle. It is essential to make sure that the brushes are completely dry after you clean them.

Garden and Hand Tools

Obviously, your gardening tools are going to be dirty after each use. A dishwasher is an excellent tool for cleaning all of your gardening tools and other hand tools. Do not use the heat dry option as it can melt any plastic parts of the tools. Dry immediately after washing by hand to avoid any rust forming on the tools.

Plastic Children’s Toys

Children’s toys are notorious for picking up dirt and germs and must be cleaned regularly. While a simple wipe down is standard, you may want to sanitize and thoroughly clean your children’s toys every now and again. You can place any of your plastic children’s toys in the dishwasher to easily clean and sanitize them. If you have many small items such as Legos, you can put them in a mesh bag, so they don’t get lost in the cycle. You must turn off the heat dry setting on the dishwasher so you can avoid melting any of the toys.

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