Your dishwasher cleans more than dishes

            Your dishwasher is handy for cleaning household items that you would never throw in the washing machine.

            Blogger Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillee says she has washed everything from shoes to air conditioning filters in hers. Her tips:

  • Use the top rack of the dishwasher to hold dirty flip flops, baseball caps, silk flowers, small tools, light fixture covers, hairbrushes and other household items.
  • Garden tools, screwdrivers and other small tools with plastic handles wash up well on the top rack. If you have used them with chemicals, however, wash them all separately.
  • Toss your dryer filter in the dishwasher to clean it of built-up fabric softener.

            Nystul suggests using baking soda rather than dishwasher soap to clean those items.

            The blogger also uses her dishwasher to steam salmon in foil; to keep food warm by setting it on “heat dry cycle, no water.” She even opens her empty dishwasher and uses it as a catch-all when she sprays cooking spray on cookie sheets or measures flour into recipes.

            The mess is easy to clean up: Just run the dishwasher.