There’s nothing we love more than cleaning hacks. And the easier, the better too! So you can probably imagine how excited we were by Today’s new roundup of the most surprising items you can throw right into the ol’ dishwasher—after your plates and glasses of course.
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From golf balls to baseball caps, see below for seven of the most mind-blowing things you can safely wash in your dear friend, the dishwasher.
- Refrigerator shelves and bins
Although hand-washing is preferable, in a pinch, Whirlpool says it’s safe to wash glass shelves and bins on the top rack of your dishwasher. Note: be sure they’re at room temperature before placing in the washer to prevent cracking and breaking.
- Contact lens case
1800 Contacts reports that it’s A-OK to occasionally run your lens case through the
dishwasher to disinfect it. Boiling it in a pot of water for five minutes also has the same effect.
- Legos and plastic toys
The cleaning pros at Angie’s List suggest cleaning Legos and simple plastic toys (those without batteries or glued-on parts) in the dishwasher. Just be sure to keep them confined to the top rack.
A Good Housekeeping study found that a ride in the dishwasher killed 99.9% of germs found on household sponges. They recommend adding your sponge to a regular dishwasher load, and using the "heated dry" setting.
- Baseball caps
SFGate suggests the following steps for safely washing that sweaty old cap in the dishwasher. Start by spraying or rubbing a laundry pre-treatment on the soiled or stained parts of the baseball cap. Next, clear the dishwasher of all dishes and utensils. Place the baseball cap (or caps) on the top rack of the dishwasher. Fit the hat around the upright pegs on the top rack and attach it the adjustable strap to one of the pegs with a clothespin. Add the usual amount of detergent and close the door. Set to a normal wash with lukewarm water and no drying time. Allow the dishwasher to run through its cycles, and when the washing cycle is finished, remove the cap. Hang the cap to dry from a pants hanger in your shower or bathtub and voila!
- Removable cup and change holders from the car
This one isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but we couldn’t resist a reminder to clean thosesticky cup holders in your car. Like most things on this list, removable cup holders are dishwasher safe as long as you put them on the top shelf.
- Golf balls
This may not be for everyone, but according to Golf Week, it’s totally safe (and sanitary) to clean your golf balls on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Just make sure you’ve removed all the glasses and dishes first!