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Surprising dishwasher-safe household items

Surprising dishwasher-safe household items
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You’d be surprised just how many household items can be given a thorough cleaning in your humble dishwasher.

Small plastic toys

Small plastic toys
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Germs can linger on your kids’ toys for months. Disinfect them by putting them in a mesh lingerie bag on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Then just let the normal cycle run.

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Flip flops

Flip flops
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Hook dirty flip flops into the top rack so they stay in place during high water pressure cycles.

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Hairbrushes

Hairbrushes
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Your hairbrush can hold almost 3,500 colonies of bacteria, according to University of Arizona research. Remove any stray hairs and drop your brush in the silverware tray for a thorough cleanse. Remember: Only plastic brushes or combs. Wooden or boar-bristle brushes will get ruined.

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Potatoes

Potatoes
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Making mashed potatoes for your next big family gathering? Cut your preparation time and wash your spuds on a rinse-only cycle – no detergent! – on the top shelf.

Gum boots

Gum boots
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Even gum boots deserve a good rinse once in a while. Remove the liners and lay them down horizontally.

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Refrigerator shelves

Refrigerator shelves
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Between leaking meat juices and spilled food, your fridge can get really gross really fast. Instead of scrubbing every last inch clean, throw those shelves in with your other dishes.

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Penholders

Penholders
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When it comes to cleaning, common desk items like penholders and trays for scrap paper often get overlooked. If they’re metal or plastic, toss them in your next dishwasher load.

Stove knobs

Stove knobs
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These are probably the last things you think of cleaning in your kitchen, but they can get dirty quickly. If they’re removable, throw them in the silverware tray.

Bathroom stuff

Bathroom stuff
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Your bathroom is a haven for bacteria, from soap dishes to bathtub drain plugs to toothbrush holders. Luckily, all of them can be cleaned on the top rack with your other dishes.

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