Unusual items that you can clean with a dishwasher

Updated on July 12, 2021

Other than your vessels and plates there are a lot of stuff that you can put on a dishwasher. They get cleaned so well and reduce your time and effort. The list of items below are not exhaustive, but they would just give you an idea of what you can load inside your washer. When you so start using them to clean you household stuff, you can be inventive of what all you can do!

Kitchen items

  • Ziploc bags – Just be sure that you put them across the tongs, so the water reaches inside the bag.
  • Oven mitts – Your silicon oven mitts can we very well cleaned
  • Silicon baking mats
  • Castors of steel or silicon
  • Utensil drawer inserts
  • Sink strainers
  • Cleaning scrubs and sponges – ever imagined to get your dirty clunky sponge a hot bath? Put the sponges in your washer every night to have them rid of the dirty germs.
  • Chimney filters – Filters come out clean as new. This is a must try!
  • Fridge trays
  • Microwave trays
  • Drip trays
  • Cutlery holders
  • Coffee plungers
  • Spray bottles

Personal items

  • Contact lens cases – Nevertheless you need to switch your contact lens case regularly, no harm in getting them cleaned once in a while.
  • Razors
  • Nail clippers
  • Combs – This is a must try as well, clean combs are so good!
  • Makeup brushes
  • Makeup sponge
  • Breast pump parts
  • Manicure and Pedicure Tools
  • Rain boots
  • Flip flops

Bathroom items

  • Showerheads
  • Bath sponges/ loofahs
  • Tooth brush holders
  • Rubber mats

Other household items

  • Vacuum cleaner attachments
  • Dustpans
  • Wastebins
  • Draw organizers
  • Car tools
  • Keys – You might want to try this, but just don’t put your remote car key!
  • Cup holders
  • Washing Machine Detergent Drawers
  • Plastic flowers
  • Flower vases
  • Drip catchers in the garden
  • Garden tools
  • Light switch, Outlet covers
  • Air vent covers


  • Toys

Clean toys in dishwasher

  • Building blocks
  • Teething rings
  • Pacifiers
  • Bath toys


  • Pet toys
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet collar

Do you think these are all the things? No, there might be more, I have seen even people cooking with their dishwasher, putting some cut veggies in a Ziploc – hot water in action!

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