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Five Items That You Did Not Know You Could Clean in the Dishwasher

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One of your best cleaning tools is one that you’ve probably never even thought to use: the dishwasher. In recent years, it's become quite apparent that dishwashers aren't a water-waster. They are, in fact, the antithesis, being quite eco-friendly in saving both H2O and energy. Better yet, they're an excellent time-saver. Because, at the end of the day, who really wants to be stuck indoors when there is fun to be had outdoors during the summertime? With that being said, here are five items in your apartment home that you can throw in your dishwasher without a second thought:

Refrigerator Shelves

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, many sanitization experts believed it was more important to keep the shelves in your refrigerator clean than it was to wipe down individual groceries. To make the task easier, stick the shelves in the dishwasher with your other dishes to rid yourself of meat juices, spilled foods, and other remnants of breakfast, lunch, and dinner that make your fridge really gross, really fast.


Despite their cleaning abilities, sponges can get downright dirty. However, the power of dishwashers on a sponge goes without saying. Simply put the sponge (or sponges) in your dishwasher with a regular load on the "heated dry" setting, and you can kill 99.9 percent of germs. Remember, sponges house ten million bacteria per square inch and are definitely worth the wash after every few uses.

Pet Toys and Bowls

Fido deserves clean bowls – and toys – too, and you can get his and/or her's favorite items squeaky clean with a quick run through the dishwasher. Of course, we recommend double-checking the label of the item before throwing it into the dishwasher to ensure that it's safe, although it most likely is. The good news is that the dishwasher will save you from dealing with any extra dog slobber!


Flip-flops are a favorite shoe of many southerners in the summer, and there are no doubts as to why. They're easy to put on, keep your feet cool, and are deemed appropriate for many social situations. The downfall of flip-flops is their knack to get dirty very easily. Tackle this hurdle by tossing them in the dishwasher! Just keep them stored in the top rack, so they’ll stay in place during high-pressure cycles.

Stove Knobs

If you're anything like most people, you touch stove knobs more frequently than most surfaces in your fully-equipped kitchen. Ironically enough, they're probably one of the last surfaces you think about cleaning! Luckily, stove knobs are easily removable and can be thrown in the silverware tray of your dishwasher with your forks, spoons, knives, and other kitchen utensils.

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