20 Unusual Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher


If you haven’t loaded these in your dishwasher then you aren’t using your dishwasher to it’s fullest potential. There are so many household items that you can actually clean in the dishwasher. Next time when you’re deciding to hand wash or possibly put this in the washer machine just remember that you can clean it in the dishwasher! These items listed below can go through a “normal” wash cycle unless noted otherwise.

Before loading your dishwasher with any of these items, make sure if there are plastic components to analyze whether or not it can withstand the heat on a normal cycle.

  1. Baseball Caps

Just make sure that your detergent doesn’t have bleach in it before you start the load.

  1. Cabinet knobs

Generally, most metal and ceramic knobs are dishwasher safe.

  1. Coffee Maker

Turn your coffee maker upside down and wash this on a gentle cycle. Also be sure it is completely dried before plugging it in to its power source.

  1. Dog Toys


You can most dog toys on the upper rack.


  1. Dog Collar

Place this on the top dishrack to get it looking brand new!

  1. Figurines

Remove the dust from these figurines by placing them on the upper dishrack and clean them on a gentle cycle. Do not place delicate or gilded figurines in the dishwasher.

  1. Fingernail clippers

You should clean these regularly if you only have one in your household. Place these in the silverware basket and be sure to dry them so they don’t rust.

  1. Flip-flops

Buying makeup cleaning products for your brushes can be pricey. Clean your brushes on a low setting (so the glue that holds the hair together does not melt).

  1. Golf Balls

Long day out on the golf course and you didn’t have time to clean your golf balls. Not to worry, you can put your golf balls in a mesh bag and place them on the lower dishrack for cleaning.

  1. Hairbrush/Combs

First, remove all the hair from the brush. Then place it in the silverware basket. You can even put your heat-safe combs in there as well.

  1. Hair ties

If the elastic on your hair ties are becoming grimy then place them in the silverware basket and place something such as a spoon or fork so they don’t fly away during the cleaning cycle.

  1. Hubcaps

Yes, surprisingly you can throw these in the dishwasher. Please be sure to add one cup of white vinegar to your dishwasher detergent.

  1. Kitchen Sponge

If your dishwasher has a silverware cup place these in there to reuse your sponge, thus saving you money!

  1. Makeup brushes

You should clean these regularly, but let’s be honest who has the time? Throw these on the top rack and clean them on a low setting.

  1. Mouthguards

These are dishwasher safe, just pop them on the top rack to get rid of the bacteria on them!

  1. Plastic Child Toys

Placing your kids toys in the dishwasher will sanitize them and make you happy!

  1. Range Fan Grille

This can get very greasy over time. Be sure to clean this on the hottest setting!

  1. Razor

Why replace your razor when you can throw it in the dishwasher? Place it in the silverware basket for a nice deep cleaning.

  1. Rubber boots

Yes, your rubber boots can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Place them upside down on the lower rack. Remember to remove any dirt first though.

  1. Tools

Anything from wrenches, pliers, and even screwdrivers can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Just make sure to use the hottest cycle with your normal detergent!


Thanks for reading! What unusual items have you cleaned in the dishwasher? Let us know in the comments below!

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