Things You Can Put in the Dishwasher

Nov 13, 2020Thato

Did you know that there's more to your dishwasher than just washing dishes? Your dishwasher is a multipurpose tool that can do everything from cooking Thanksgiving turkey to disinfecting your house keys. We've found strange and useful dishwasher hacks that are guaranteed to blow your mind. 

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Cooking Salmon Using Your Dishwasher

You no longer have to go to a seafood restaurant to have poached salmon. You can make it in the comfort of your own kitchen. Take a piece of salmon, put it in an airtight ziplock bag, and put it in the dishwasher. You can add lemon, peppercorns, and parsley inside the bag for extra flavor. Then turn the dishwasher on for a normal 50-minute cycle, and voila. 

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Dishwasher Lasagna

Making lasagna using a dishwasher is a food experiment that's been around for years. The first thing you'll need to do is prepare your lasagna. And then once it's ready, wrap it in a tin foil to make sure none of the water enters the lasagna. Set your dishwasher on a regular cycle and select heated dry and sanitize for extra heat. Once it's done, let the dish cool down before serving.

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Butter-poached Lobster

Before you ask, yes, you can cook fancy meals in your dishwasher. First, you'll need a deveined, de-shelled lobster tail, butter, and a mason jar. Add the lobster and stick of butter in the mason jar and put inside your dishwasher. Place it on a heavy-duty cycle and let the lobster cook.

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How To Make Hot Dogs Using Your Dishwasher

You can cook your hotdogs in a dishwasher. All you need to do is place your hotdogs in a mason jar and add a cup of water. Take the mason jar and place it on the top shelf in your dishwasher. Put it on a regular cycle and let it cook. Disclaimer: In this picture, they also tried to make mac and cheese using a dishwasher, but it didn't turn out so well.

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Cook Broccoli With Your Dishwasher

Vegetables like broccoli can withstand the heat from the dishwasher; that's why it's so easy to cook them using it. Just place them in a mason jar and seal it to ensure no dishwater or soap can get inside. Turn on your dishwasher and let them cook.

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Clean Your Vacuum

Don't try and fit your entire vacuum machine in the dishwasher; it won't work. Instead, remove all of the detachable parts and place them inside the machine. Turn it on a regular cycle and leave it to clean. It should get rid of the dust, dirt, and the funky smell.

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Dishwasher Shrimp

You'll need two slices of onions, two pieces of lemons, large shrimp, salt, pepper, and garlic to make this recipe. Put the ingredients in heavy-duty aluminum foil. It's essential to make sure the foil is airtight. Place the food on the top shelf of the dishwasher and turn on the rinse cycle. Try to avoid using any soap in the dishwasher when you try this hack. 

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Cook Couscous Using Dishwasher

This recipe is quite simple. All you need is couscous and a mason jar. Put the ingredients inside the dishwasher (Yes, along with the dirty dishes), switch it on, and enjoy. You can also pan-fry a mixture of vegetables and add them into the mason jar along with the couscous before putting it in the dishwasher. 

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Cook Potatoes

There are so many different ways you can cook potatoes. This method is quite simple. Cut your potatoes into small bites. Add your favorite seasoning, then place them in an airtight container. Put the container in the dishwasher with the dirty dishes, switch to its highest temperature, and watch the magic happen. 

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Dishwasher Chicken

Cooking chicken in a dishwasher is just like boiling it in a pot. You can take a thin cut breast or a full chicken and put it in an airtight bag. Then run it through a hot wash cycle and the entire dry cycle to make sure it's cooked all the way through.

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How To Cook Thanksgiving Turkey Using A Dishwasher

Instead of spending hours fussing over the turkey on Thanksgiving, just pop it in the dishwasher. Prepare the turkey like you usually would. After preparing it, take the turkey and put it in an airtight bag (you can also wrap it in foil). Put the turkey on the top shelf of the dishwasher and run it through three full cycles, and that's it!

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How To Cook Asparagus Using A Dishwasher

To cook asparagus in a dishwasher, do you need a mason jar trimmed asparagus, some seasoning, and a cup of water. Mix it all in the Mason jar. Put the mixture on the top shelf of the dishwasher and set it to a regular cycle.

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How To Cook Bagels Using A Dishwasher

This recipe isn't the easiest to do, but it's very possible. Start by making your own dough. Create small rings using your dough. Turn the dishwasher to its highest temperature for ten minutes and then turn it off. Put the bagels inside the dishwasher (while it's off) until they rise. Take them out and put them in the refrigerator for four hours. Add the bagels to a pot of boiling water until they float. Finally, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for seven minutes.

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Make Soft Boiled Eggs

Some people underestimate how tricky making a soft boiled egg can be. Fortunately, making soft boiled eggs using a dishwasher is pretty simple. Place your eggs in a mason jar and add some water. Run them through a regular cycle at roughly 65 degrees. Once the machine finishes, you'll have perfectly soft boiled eggs.

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Green beans

Cooking green beans in the dishwasher is as easy as ABC. First, you'll need green beans, water, salt, pepper, and lemon. Put all these ingredients inside a mason jar and make sure you close the lid tightly. Then, put the mason jar inside the dishwasher and the dirty dishes and run it through a regular cycle.

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Stove Vent Filters

Filters can easily catch grease that's hard to get rid of. But fortunately, most of these filters are machine washable. Just remove them from the vent, carefully place them on the top shelf of the dishwasher and turn it on. Run it through a regular cycle, and the vents should come out looking brand new. 

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Wash Silicone Oven Mitts

The dishwasher isn't just good for making food; it can also make a great washing machine alternative. If you have silicone oven mitts and what to give them a thorough clean, just pop them into the dishwasher. You can also wash all your other silicon kitchen products with the dishwasher. 

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Wash Your Toothbrushes

Many people just rinse their toothbrush with running water and call it a day. But what you might not know is that your toothbrush can harbor harmful bacteria and needs to be adequately cleaned. Just place it on the cutlery rack in the dishwasher and put it on a quick wash. Make sure you don't add any detergent because it could damage your toothbrush.

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Wash Your Caps

Washing your caps has never been this easy. To freshen up those dirty caps, just put them in the dishwasher and run it through a regular cycle. Since cleaning them using a washing machine can damage your caps, a dishwasher can be a great alternative.

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Clean Your Shoes

Like your caps, washing your shoes using a washing machine can damage them. To give your shoes a great clean, without ruining them, just pop them into the dishwasher. All you need to do is place them on the top rack and switch it on. The dishwasher will clean and sanitize your shoes without causing any damage to them. 

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Rinse Potatoes

Rinsing your potatoes can be annoying and time-consuming, especially if they have just been freshly dug. To save time, take your potatoes and place them in the dishwasher. Then turn on the rinse cycle (do not add detergent). Your potatoes will come out clean and ready to be cooked. 

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Clean Your Keyboard

Yes, you can clean your keyboard with a dishwasher, but you have to be very careful not to cause lasting damage. Before placing the keyboard inside the dishwasher, make sure you remove all of the cables attached to it. Then, place it inside and run it through a regular cycle without any detergent. When it's done, let it dry, and voila. Good as new. 

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Ripe Avocados

Finding a perfectly ripe avocado can be a nightmare for any cook. But fortunately, it no longer has to. You can buy avocados that haven't ripened yet and ripen them at home. All you need to do is place the unripe avocado on the top rack of the dishwasher and turn on the regular cycle for a few minutes. The avocados will come out perfectly ripened and ready to be eaten.

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Clean Vents

It's easy to forget about your vents. But the longer they stay up there, the more dirt they accumulate. Just take them out and place them inside your dishwasher. Run the regular cycle to remove all of the built-up dirt and dust, and that's it. Remember not to use any detergent when you wash them in the dishwasher.

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Clean Trash Cans

In your household, your trash can is probably the one place that holds the most bacteria. While you may not be able to put the entire trash can inside the machine, you can clean the lids. Just place them inside the dishwasher and run them through a regular cycle with detergent. The machine will wash and disinfect the lids and thoroughly remove any germs and odors. 

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Clean Car Floor Mats

You can also use a dishwasher to wash your car's floor mats. Since you stomp on them most of the time, they quickly accumulated, so what you can do is take them out and place them inside the dishwasher. Run the normal cycle, and your maths should come out looking shinier and cleaner than ever.

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Clean Nail Clippers

To make sure that your nail clippers free from bacteria, you need to clean them after every use, but this can be tedious and tiresome. Fortunately, you can place them in the dishwasher and run the regular cycle. For best results, make sure you turn on the highest heat level.

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Cook Steak

Here's another cool cooking hack. Take your steak and place it in a vacuum-sealed bag. Place it inside your dishwasher and turn on the regular cycle. Put it on the highest temperature, and lets it cook for 90 minutes. Take out the steak and enjoy it.

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Wash Hair Ties

An excellent way to ensure that your hair ties are always clean is to wash them using a dishwasher. Place them inside the dishwasher on the cutlery and run the regular cycle. Use a small amount of detergent to avoid any damage to the hair ties.

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Wash Zip-Lock Bags

The same Ziploc bags you need to do some of these hacks also need to be cleaned regularly. Simply place them inside the dishwasher, turn on the low heat setting, and run the regular cycle. Once it's done, air dry them and reuse them.

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Clean Garden Tools

The thought of putting garden tools inside your dishwasher can seem a little daunting. But the steam and hot water generated from the dishwasher we leave your tools looking fresh and clean. Just avoid placing them with actual dishes or kitchenware as they could damage them.

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Use Vinegar To Clean The Dishwasher

By now, you can tell that the dishwasher can clean just about anything. But did you know it can clean itself? Just pour white vinegar at the beginning of an empty cycle. Start the cycle and watch as the vinegar cleans away all the grease and access oil on the machine's walls.

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Cleaning Your Pets Bowls

Your pet's bowls need to be cleaned almost as often as yours. To ensure that they are always free from bacteria, play them inside the dishwasher, and let it do its thing. Now both you and your pet can enjoy your food on clean dishes.

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Clean Cabinet Knobs

To do this hack, you need to turn into a bit of a handyman. Unscrew your cabinet knobs and take them off. Then place them inside the dishwasher. The machine will remove all the germs and bacteria and leave them looking brand new.

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Use Kool-Aid To Clean Your Dishwasher

Aside from using vinegar, there's another hug you can use to clean your dishwasher. Add a sachet of lemonade Kool-Aid to the detergent and turn it on. The citric acid from the Kool-Aid will remove stubborn stains and leave your dishwasher fresh and clean.

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Clean Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes require you to clean them all the time. An easy way to do this is by just placing them inside the dishwasher. The machine will remove all the dead skin and bacteria from the brushes and leave them thoroughly clean. Be careful of the heat setting as too much heat can damage your brushes.

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Turn An Old Dishwasher To A Garden Bed

If you have an old dishwasher and plan on throwing it away, you don't have to. You can quickly turn it into a garden bed. All you need to do is fill it with compost and plant some flowers inside it. Alternatively, you can plant vegetables.

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Clean The Dryer Filter

Dryer filters can be very annoying to clean. They collect a lot of lint, which regularly needs to be cleaned. You can save a lot of time by placing them inside your dishwasher. The machine will clean and disinfect the filter and leave it looking good as new!

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Warm Up Food

Not only can you cook food using a dishwasher, but you can warm them up too. It doubles as a microwave. All you need to do is wrap your food in foil or place it in a mason jar. Then turn on the heat/dry mode without any water, and your food should be warmed up in no time.

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Use It As A Dish Rack

If you don't have a dish rack, you can use your dishwasher as an alternative. Not all dishes require you to use the dishwasher. So, for those days when you just need to hand wash one or two dishes, you can use the rack inside the dishwasher to dry the dishes.

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Disinfect House Keys

You use your house keys every day, they are in constant contact with dirty surfaces, but they don't get cleaned very often, if at all. Fortunately, you can place your keys on the cutlery rack inside the dishwasher and wash them using a regular cycle. When they are done, don't leave them to air dry, as this can cause them to rust. 

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Clean Sports Equipment

Sports equipment is made to get dirty, so cleaning them can become a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, you can take that baseball glove and put it in the dishwasher every so often to make sure it's always clean. You can also use this hack on different sports equipment like shin guards, mouth guards, and even golf balls. 

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Wash Pet Collars

Your pet's collar can quickly accumulate dirt and bacteria; they need to be thoroughly washed regularly to keep them clean. Fortunately, you can just take them off and pop them in the dishwasher. Avoid using any detergent as this can harm your pet's skin. 

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Clean Your Child's Toys

Children aren't the best at keeping things clean. But that's why you're there. To make your job a little easier, you can simply take the dirty toys and place them in the dishwasher. Avoid using this hack on small and/or detachable toys as those may get stuck in the drainage system.

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Clean Your Hubcaps

The dishwasher's usefulness also extends to your garage. While it may not be able to clean your car, it can clean your car's hubcaps. Just remove them and place them on the rack in the dishwasher and turn on the regular cycle. Remember to add a cup of white vinegar to your regular detergent for the best results. 

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As you can see, there are a lot of ways to make use of your dishwasher. Usually, people tend to think that their household items are only useful for a single purpose. But there are plenty of life hacks that can make your life easier. Which of these hacks do you want to try at home? Let us know in the comment section. Remember to share this article.

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