21 Clever New Ways To Use Your Dishwasher

You may not realize it, but dishwashers can do much more than simply cleaning your dirty dishes. From disinfecting to cooking, they can be used for a variety of unusual things. Here, check out 21 dishwasher hacks. Believe us, some of them are just too good to be true!

1. Clean Up Potatoes

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Don’t bother to rinse every potato by hand before cooking. Just place the whole batch of potatoes on the top rack of your dishwasher, and hit the regular cycle button without adding any detergent. Your potatoes will emerge as clean as when you spend an hour washing them separately. Use this trick when you’re preparing for a big meal.

2. Freshen Up Sweaty Caps

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How did you clean your sweaty baseball cap? It’s not recommended to put it in your washer, and washing it by hand seems a bit annoying. Here’s an easy fix. Yes, you guessed it! Use the dishwasher! The cap will come out with a fresh new look and a good scent.

3. Cook Eggs

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Perhaps this is one of the most weird things you have heard in your life, but it works really well. Next time, when you’ve finished loading your dishwasher, place an egg inside, and set the temperature of cycles based on the kind of egg you desire. Cold for soft-boiled, and hot for hard-boiled.

4. Sanitize Toothbrushes 

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Toothbrushes help clean our teeth, but it doesn’t mean that they’re clean. They also need sanitizing like many other things. Place your toothbrush upright in the cutlery rack and do not apply detergent. Voila! It will be looking as good as new.

5. Cook Salmon

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It might sound a little crazy, but there’s a genius hack that allows you to cook salmon in the dishwasher! You just need to securely wrap the salmon in tin foil to ensure that no water or detergent will spoil the fish. You should also add all the condiments inside the tin foil. Place it on the top rack and set a regular cycle. The fish will cook itself using its own juices.

6. Clean Your Dryer Filter

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The dryer filter is naturally more prone to dust, and sometimes, simply cleaning it with your hands won’t do. The good news is that your dishwasher can help you out. The hot water and detergent in the dishwasher will remove all the blockage from the filter.

7. One Dishwasher Trick To Get Your Dishes Extra Clean

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It’s frustrating when you open your dishwasher only to find your dishes covered in hard water spots. While the frost-like stains are generally considered harmless, they would force you to wash the dishes a second time. To get around this, put 1 bowl of white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher before you start the machine.

8. Disinfect House Keys

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House keys tend to collect dust and germs easily. Disinfecting them one by one can be a huge chore. Why not try adding them to your dishwasher? It will save you both time and effort. You're welcome!

9. Steam Vegetables

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It may surprise you, but dishwashers can also be used to steam veggies. Prepare the veggies as usual and put them in a sealed glass jar. Place the jar on the top shelf of your dishwasher (toss in your dirty dishes, if you like) and start the machine. Pretty easy, huh?

10. Wash Pet Toys And Collars

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Another creative use for dishwashers is to disinfect pet toys and collars. But remember to avoid leather products, and do not use detergent to keep everything natural and odor-free.

11. Cook Shrimps

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Cooking shrimps in the dishwasher is a trick you could show off to your guests. All you need to do is grab a mason jar and fill it with 1/2 cup of water, 1 dozen shelled and deveined shrimps, 1 cup of white wine, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 clove of chopped garlic, and 1 pinch of salt and pepper. Then seal the lid, run a normal cycle, and wait for the flavor to stun your guests.

12. Wash Hairbrushes

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Your hair needs to be washed regularly, and so does your hairbrush, or it may bring bacteria to your scalp. The hairbrush is, however, notoriously difficult to clean. Many just end up throwing it away and buying a new one when the time comes. But you can wash it easily in the dishwasher as long as it’s not made of boar bristles.

13. Cook Lasagna

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The dishwasher surprisingly makes a good cooking machine, and you can even steam lasagna in it. After preparing the lasagna the usual way, wrap it tightly in the aluminum foil. Set your dishwasher to the normal cycle but also select ‘heated dry’ and ‘sanitize’ for extra heat.

14. Dry Hand-Washed Dishes

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Not enough cutlery racks to dry those hand-washed dishes? Don’t forget that your dishwasher has plenty of room! Plus, the water will drip inside, not all over your kitchen.

15. Clean Vacuum Parts

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The vacuum does so much dirty work that sometimes, the dirt gets stuck in, and one of the easiest ways to remove it is to use the dishwasher. Place the vacuum parts in the top rack of your dishwasher and dry them right after finishing the wash. You’ll be surprised by the results!

16. Make A Garden Bed

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Instead of abandoning your old dishwasher, you can use it to grow veggies and flowers. Fill it with dirt and compost, and they’re ready to beautify your garden.

17. Clean Floor Vents

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Floor vents should be kept clean, since the air we breathe daily passes through them. But you don’t have to clean them by hand, as the dishwasher can help. Do not add detergent, run a regular cycle, and make sure to dry them immediately after the wash.

18. Sanitize Shoes

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Yeah, it may sound a little gross to clean you shoes in the same place you wash your dishes, but it really works. The dishwasher will remove not only the dirt but also the bacteria from your shoes. Just make sure the heat-dry setting is turned off if your shoes have rubber on them.

19. Let The Dishwasher Clean Itself

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Just like washing machines, dishwashers can get dirty and smelly too. Here’s a perfect solution: pour in some vinegar before you start an empty cycle. The vinegar will clear away all grease and oil, making the inside look brand-new.

20. Wash Golf Balls

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It’s hard to keep golf balls clean, but not anymore! With this amazing dishwasher hack, you can freshen up hundreds of golf balls at once. Simply set the cycle at ‘high heat,’ and let it do its magic! Your golf balls will sparkle again!

21. Decalcify Shower Faucet

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Shower faucets can be extremely dirty due to the trapped calcium sediment on them. Imagine taking a bath with such a filthy thing. Eek! However, it isn’t easy to remove all the sediment. This is when the dishwasher comes in handy. Both the sediment and the mold will be eliminated.

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