April 18, 2014

10 Things You Can Wash or Sanitize in Your Dishwasher

Top Ten things to wash in dishwasher hometechWith cold and flu season in full swing, keeping everyday items germ-free can be a challenge. But, dishwashers don’t have to be used for dishes or sanitizing household items, they can be used to help with the chores, as well.  Our helpful friends at Women’s Day provided this helpful list of things that are dishwasher safe.

1. Glass Globes from Light Fixtures

Use the delicate, china or crystal cycle if available, and skip the heated dry option. Avoid washing antique, hand-painted globes or anything with gold-leaf trim in the dishwasher. Those items are too delicate.

2. Shower Heads and Faucet Handles

If your shower head is  spraying a little over here and over there, it could be time for a deep cleaning. Place faucet handles or shower heads on the top rack and run the pots and pans cycle.

 3. Plastic Hair Brushes, Combs, Clips and Barrettes

First, remove all strands of hair, we don’t want them getting caught in the dishwasher. We recommend putting  everything in a mesh lingerie bag or dishwasher basket on the top rack. Then run a normal cycle. Do NOT wash brushes with wooden handles, as they are NOT dishwasher safe. 

4. Baseball Hats and Visors

The top rack is ideal for hats and visors. Place hats on the top rack, with the head opening down. Make sure you have emptied the bottom rack because you will not be washing dishes with your hats.  Home-Tech recommends you wash your hats or visors with Borax, instead of dishwashing detergent.  Select the regular cycle, but do not select the heated drying cycle. After washing, you can dry your hat over something spherical, like a jar. 

5. Plastic Toys

We know that sanitizing  your children’s toys is an important task. Make it easier on yourself. Use the dishwasher basket or toss them in a mesh bag.  Place the toys inside the bag on the top rack and wash them on a normal cycle. 

6. Pet Bowls and Toys

Wash your pet’s bowls and toys regularly. This will prevent the growth of bacteria that can make you and your pet sick. Most dishwasher-safe toys are labeled accordingly on the package or manufacturer’s website. However, if you’re not sure whether the material will hold up in the dishwasher, just to be safe, you can also soak toys in 1 part bleach to 10 parts water, and rinse well. Rope toys and rawhide chews can’t be cleaned; toss when icky.

7. Kitchen Dish Sponges and Brushes

Load these up at the same time you do the regular dishes. The top rack is usually the best place so you can stand them up or wedge between other items. Run through on a normal cycle.

8. Kitchen Appliance Parts

Once a week, load all of these into the dishwasher to make the whole kitchen seem shinier: chrome drip pans, enamel-coated gas grates and burner caps, fridge water dispenser grate, sink plugs, microwave tray and range hood grease filters. Use the normal washing cycle.

9. Butter Dishes, Sugar Bowls, Spoon Rests, and Salt and Pepper Shakers

Periodically empty sugar, spice and condiments and wash these containers along with your regular loads. Once they are completely dry, you can refill them with the contents you set aside before washing.

10. Personal Care Items

Toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, grimy soap dishes, nail brushes, plastic makeup brushes and bathtub drain plugs all benefit from an occasional run through the dishwasher. Place on the top rack with smaller items tucked in a dishwasher basket, and wash on a normal cycle with your other dishes.  

Is the Dishwasher the Cleanest Place in the House?

It very well could be. Many dishwashers, like the Electrolux 24″ Built-In Dishwasher with IQ-Touch Controls. This dishwasher has an NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certified sanitize option, that will surely kill germs effectively. Currently, Electrolux is offering a $50 rebate on this model. If you are a loyal Bosch dishwasher owner, and are feeling lucky, enter their Take Home the Trophy Sweepstakes.  If you are in need of a new dishwasher and need some expert advice, call Home-Tech’s appliance experts. They can answer all of your questions and direct you to the right dishwasher for your needs. Call us anytime at 800-800-8356. 

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