40 Things You Can Clean In Your Dishwasher

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Your dishwasher can be such a great tool for cleaning your daily dinner dishes, but it can also be used to wash other things around your home. Stick around to find out which things you can clean in your dishwasher.

Dishes are pretty awful to wash by hand, which is why the dishwasher is such an amazing tool, especially for busy families. But the nice thing is, dishwashers can clean much more than simple dishes. While you should avoid copper, cast iron, and wooden items in your dishwasher, there are many things that are actually ok.

Keep in mind that the top rack is the safest spot for washing up more delicate items because it is the farthest away from the heating elements in the drying cycle.

Remember to clean your dishwasher if you wash your rubber boots and dirty baseball caps in the dishwasher before you load it back up with dishes. Enjoy these dishwasher tips on the things you can clean and sanitize in your dishwasher.

Things You Can Clean In Your Dishwasher

40 Things You Can Clean In Your Dishwasher

Dish Sponges

Your dish sponges can get pretty grimy, so be sure to wash them in the dishwasher in between uses. Toss them out if they begin to form a smell, or are looking particularly your.

Dish brushes

Just as your dish sponges, your dish brushes can get your as well. If they are dishwasher safe, wash them in the top rack. If you are needing eco-friendly brushes that are made with wood, please do not wash them in the dishwasher.

Exhaust Fans

Exhaust filters and fans in the range hood can get pretty slimy and yucky. Throw them into the dishwasher, or wash them by hand with this method.

Silicone Oven Mitts

If your oven mitts are made with silicone, you can wash them in the dishwasher instead of the washing machine.

Fridge Shelving

If you are cleaning your refrigerator you can place the baskets and shelves right into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Cabinet Hardware

Washing your cabinets? Clean the knobs and other removable hardware in the dishwasher.

Microwave Turntable

Instead of washing your turntable by hand, wash it in the microwave to save yourself some scrubbing time.


Vases can gather dirt and dirt quite quickly and should be washed if they have been out on display for a while, or in storage too. Place your vase in the top rack if you can. If your vase has gold plating or anything delicate on it, then avoid the dishwasher and wash it by hand instead.

Light Fixtures

Do you have light fixtures that require washing? Toss them gently into the top rack of the dishwasher and get rid of the caked-on dirt.

Desk Accessories

Desk accessories such as pen holders, paper organizers, and even small trash cans can be washed in the dishwasher.

Vent Grates

Vents get pretty your pretty quickly as well so you can just take them all out and wash them I the dishwasher. You should also vacuum out the vents as much as you can when your vents are out to circulate cleaner air in your home.

Plastic Light Switch Covers

If you have a large home, you might have a lot of covers to clean. Make the process simple by tossing them all into the dishwasher at once.

Toothbrush Holders

Place your toothbrush holders into the dishwasher once a week to get rid of all the yucky grime that builds up at the bottom.

Soap Dish

Your bathroom soap dishes might benefit from a clean in the dishwasher, especially if you have guests coming over.

Non-Slip Tub Mats

If you have a mat on the bottom of your bathtub, you can wash it in your dishwasher.

Shower Sponges

If you have a poof or a sponge in the shower, you can wash it needing the dishwasher. This is great for keeping your sponges clean and disinfected as well.

Bathroom Fan Covers

Your bathroom exhaust fan might have a lot of dirt built upon it. It is easy to wash it in the dishwasher.


Did you know you can wash and sanitize your hairbrush in the dishwasher? Wood handles and natural bristles should not be washed in the dishwasher.

Kids Bath Toys

Bath toys are quite yucky, and they should go through a dishwashing cycle once a week.

Plastic Toys and Building Blocks

Any plastic blocks that your children play with can be tossed in a mesh bag and washed in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Baby Bottles and Pacifiers

You can wash your baby bottles and pacifiers and even teething rings in the top rack of your dishwasher if you don’t have a sanitizing machine.

Plastic Pet Toys

If your pets have hard plastic toys, you can use the dishwasher to give them a daily wash.

Pet Bowls

Just as you can wash your dinner dishes, Fido’s dinner dish can be washed in the dishwasher as well.


Puppy collars and leashes can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Backyard Toys

You can wash your backyard toys such as buckets and shovels in the dishwasher so your kids can have clean outdoor toys to play with.

Baseball Caps

As long as the cap does not have cardboard on the inside and is not a vintage cap, you can wash it on the top rack. See also: How to Wash a Hat in the Dishwasher.

Golf Balls

Place golf balls into a mesh bag and wash to have clean balls hit on the green.

Rubber Boots

You can wash your rubber boots in the dishwasher! Get all the family rubber boots shiny and clean each spring.

Flip Flops

Flip flops can get pretty yucky with dirty footprints all over them. The dishwasher can be your BFF when it comes to cleaning your flip-flops.

BBQ Grill Grates

If you can remove your BBQ grill grate, place it into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

FloIr Pots

If you have floor pots that need a scrub, use your dishwasher for the job.


House keys can get pretty germy, and running them through the dishwasher should be a weekly task. Remove anything that can be damaged such as a car key fob and place your key into a mesh bag for washing.

Cup Holders

If you need to clean your car cup holders and they come out of the car, then you can place them into the dishwasher.

Hub Caps

Your car hub caps can look shiny and new after a wash in the dishwasher.


You can wash your tools in the dishwasher as long as they do not have wooden handles like most hammers. Make sure to dry them well so they don’t get all rusty.

Vacuum Parts

You can keep your vacuum cleaner clean by tossing its parts into the top rack of the dishwasher.

Silk FloIrs

Faux floors can get a lot of dirt and grime build-up, throw them into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Rubber Floor Mats

Your car rubber floor mats can be washed in the dishwasher too! How cool is that?

Mouth Guards

If you play hockey you might have a mouth guard that needs washing up. Place it in the dishwasher for a safe and disinfecting clean.

Shin Guard

Odors and bacteria will be gone after a cycle in the dishwasher.

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