Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Unusual Uses for the Dishwasher!

In an old issue of the magazine, Real Simple, we found some very smart uses for our dishwasher. Who knew this don't-want-to-live-without appliance had so many lives?

For instance, it cleans so many more things besides dishes:

* Children's action figures (top rack, in a mesh laundry bag)

* Ceramic cabinet knobs (in basket)

* Fan grilles, switch plate covers, and vent covers (plastic, aluminum, steel)

* Flip flops (top rack); WHO KNEW?

* Hair brushes and combs (not wood or boar bristle, however)

* Knee pads, shin guards, and mouth guards (top rack)

* Light fixture covers (top rack; not painted, enameled, or antique)

* Rain boots (positioned horizontally, liners removed)

* Tools with metal or plastic handles; we're going to use this idea to sterilize our hand garden pruners!

And we have one more idea for the dishwasher. Come canning season, consider:

* Parboiling your ears of corn before freezing the kernels. Peel the cobs, remove as much silk as possible, then position them upright on the top and bottom racks. Set the washer for rinse using your hottest water. This rinse plus the steam produced will prepare the corn for perfect freezing!

This amazing appliance is a real blessing, isn't it? And we're wondering if YOU have any other ideas for dishwasher uses? Please share if you do--we're all in this together. So until next time, here's to family dinner made easy as we apply clever new uses to a tried and true kitchen friend!


  1. I used to run my kids toys through the dishwasher at someone elses house because I didn't have a dishwasher at mine.

  2. Oh my goodness! I'm running an additional load right this minute! :D Loves!!


  3. I wish I had a dishwasher. I would wash everything in it!

  4. I second Catey's comment!! LOL. If I only had a dishwasher...

  5. Thank you everyone for all these neat comments. Alice raised 7 children (and assorted friends and neighbors) without a dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand was such a memory-making time for them (the conversations were deep and the kitchen dancing that accompanied the dish drying was a blast). So life is good, with or without one, but it's great to know all the extra things we can do with this cool appliance.