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What else can dishwashers clean?

Have you ever thought about what else your dishwasher can clean? It’s okay for you to be scratching your head in confusion since this appliance is literally named a dishwasher. You would assume that you should use it only for washing dishes and that’s all. Think about it from a different perspective though. A dishwasher is basically a washer. Now, what else do you clean on your sink? You might wash heavily soiled clothes, components of your other appliances, or even little things around your home like bath toys for the kids. Why not stick it inside the dishwasher and let it do the work?

Wash your hat in the dishwasher!

If your favorite baseball cap needs washing but you don’t want to wait for a whole cycle from your washer to finish, you can use your kitchen dishwasher! Depending on how soiled your hat is, it may be stained with sweat, oils, or other substances that are tougher to get out. If your hat is like this, pre-treat it with a stronger detergent to boost the cleaning capabilities of the wash. All you have to do is apply the product liberally to your baseball cap and let it soak into it to really get deep down into the stain. You can usually wait about 30 minutes.

Once your favorite cap is pre-treated, stick it in the dishwasher and let it work its magic. Put it into a normal wash cycle that doesn’t use hot water. Be sure to use a detergent that does not contain any citric acid or bleach as this can ruin your cap. Now the next part is completely up to you. If you prefer to dry it in the dishwasher, you can turn on the heat dry option. If you prefer a more natural approach and want to reduce your energy usage, you can hang it outside and leave it to air dry.

A dishwasher can be used for more than just your everyday dishes. Not sure what else you can wash with your kitchen appliance, try these common household items:

  • Microwave turn plates
  • Bath toys
  • Sponges and brushes
  • Pet dishes
  • Pet collars
  • Plastic combs and brushes
  • Small wastebaskets
  • Baseballs
  • Shoes
  • And so much more!

Are there any benefits compared to using a regular washer?

If you haven’t noticed already, your washer can use a lot of water even for one cycle. Today, most high-efficiency washers use about 15-30 gallons of water per cycle. That may be a little too much. Dishwashers, on the other hand, use about 5-6 gallons of water per wash cycle. You may want to try washing smaller articles of clothing like caps, shoes, and socks. You lower your water usage and see the results in your next bill.

While using a dishwasher to clean things other than dishes, it’s not a far fetched idea to use for other items. Feel free to experiment to your heart’s content and see what else you can wash! If your dishwasher stops working because of it, we can help. We’ll take care of all your appliance repair needs!