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Utilize Your Dishwasher in the Most Impactful Way and Go Beyond Cleaning Dishes

Your dishwasher is an effective cleaning tool. So, why shouldn’t you use it to your advantage more often than not? For instance, most of us have occasionally thrown household items, like vases or plastic storage containers, in with our dirty dishes to streamline our cleaning routine. And, it’s okay to rely on our dishwashers in this way more frequently! Sure, cleaning dishes after meals in the dishwasher is great and all, but you can take it a step further by using the kitchen appliance more efficiently. From baseball caps to faux flowers, here are five household items that you can wash in a dishwasher right now.

Phone Cases

If you use a smartphone case made of silicone, rubber, or plastic, you can bet that your case is dishwasher-safe. However, cases with multiple glued-on pieces may come apart in the dishwasher, so use caution. Place the case on its side on the top rack.

Baseball Caps

Yes, you can wash baseball caps in the dishwasher! First, pre-treat any stains with a stain remover spray beforehand. When loading the dishwasher, you’ll want to place hats on the top rack, so they keep their shape and vivid colors.

Kids’ Toys

Many plastic baby and kids' toys are labeled as dishwasher-safe, such as building blocks. These smaller pieces are often ready to go and come in a mesh bag to prevent them from moving around during a cleaning in the dishwasher.

Vacuum Attachments

Vacuum attachments get dirty fast – so why not toss them in the dishwasher? Many vacuum attachments, including brushes and detachable filters, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. If space allows, stand the attachments up in the top rack.

Faux Flowers

Faux flowers are great for decorating your apartment. They can easily get dusty and dirty, though. So, to easily remove dust from plastic synthetic flowers, lay them horizontally on the top rack before running a regular dishwasher cycle.

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