Items you didn’t think you could wash in the Dishwasher.

You have seen me cleaning some strange items with my dishwasher on my pages recently but I am yet to show you them all. I love cleaning with my dish washer, its a great kitchen appliance for a real thorough clean.

Plastic Toys

Lego, Duplo, plastic dolls and figures are all great in the dishwasher and it cleans and sanitises.  Children often out toys in their mouths so you want to be sure that there are no harmful chemicals left on them.  I fill the table compartment with a mixture of neat lemon juice and white wine vinegar for a safe effective clean. Just place neatly on the top shelf.

Make up a lemon spray bottle using lemon juice and water


Flip Flops

We all hate manky looking flip flops, Flip flops take a real battering when we wear them, they get dirty so quickly and can look old and tatty even when they not.  Lay them on the top shelf in the dishwasher and watch how clean they come out. I use a dishwasher tablet when I was mine and spray some lemon juice directly into the machine.   You can also pop your wellie boots and jelly shoes in too.

Baseball Caps.

I have always found that these lose their shape when put in the washing machine and they never look the same again.  They are pushed around and spun upside down so much they can’t take it.   Place it on the top sherf and it will come out as good as new.

Cooker hob pan supports/burner heads

This is the best way to get these clean, Every Sunday after Sunday lunch I pop these in and they come out like new. Really saves all the scrubbing.  I just use a dishwasher tablet and a spray of lemon juice.

Hub Caps from your car.

Just add lemon juice and white wine vinegar to tackle the ground in dirt that will be on these and you will be amazed as how clean they become.


Some potatoes can be really dirt especially if you buy them from a farm,  put them on a rinse only cycle to get all the dirt off and make them easier for preparing.

Makeup Brushes/brushes

Always clean these on a low setting so the glue that holds them together doesn’t melt.  Remove hair from your hair brush by coming out with a comb and then place on the top shelf. You can then chuck the comb intoo. I use a dishwasher tablet for this.

Dog Toys

I could only imagine the germs that are on dog toys but If I had a dog I am sure its toys woould be in the washer daily


Remember to take of any electronic ones before you pop them in, keys are put down in all sorts of places so this is a good way of ensuring they are clean.  Many babies love playing with keys so this will make you feel better when they put them in there mouths knowing they are clean.

Fridge shelves 

This is a weekly Friday job for me, Fridge clean and the shelves in the dishwasher with a tablet and lemon juice. Saves any hard scrubbing on those sticky food patches.


I am sure there are many more items that be cleaned in the dishwasher. If I missed any let me know so I an add it in and share with everyone.

For more cleaning tips and hacks around the home take a look here


Thank you for reading

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox


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  1. Alex says:

    These are really creative ways to make full use of a dishwasher!
    Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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