Dishwasher Hacks That Will Have You Questioning The Kitchen Appliances Actual Use

Dishwashers are a handy invention. Long gone are the days of hand-washing and drying. Now, people can enjoy a nice meal without having to worry about a huge cleanup afterward. But did you know dishwashers are useful for more than just cleaning dishes?

One of these days, try cleaning your pets’ toys in the kitchen appliance or disinfect your house keys. Needless to say, there’s more than one way to use a dishwasher properly, and these hacks will show you how!

Perfectly Steam Shrimp

Perfectly Steam Shrimp
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Christian Charisius/picture alliance via Getty Images

Ready to learn a party trick for your next get together? If the answer is yes, then hold onto your hat. This dishwasher hack allows you to perfectly steam shrimp in no time. And the best part is, you only need a container.

You’re going to want to place your raw shrimp inside an airtight container. Then, run your dishwasher on “rinse.” Once the cycle is complete, take out the container and marvel at the perfect shrimp you have for an appetizer.

Say Goodbye To Sweaty Ball Caps

Say Goodbye To Sweaty Ball Caps
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The Krazy Coupon Lady/Pinterest

Since it’s recommended not to put ball caps in the washing machine, as it tends to skew the shape, here’s a little hack for you to consider. Sweaty summer ball caps aren’t fun for the person who’s wearing the hat or the people around – it smells, looks weathered, and could use a little TLC.

So, instead of throwing away the cap, think about throwing it in the dishwasher. The kitchen appliance won’t ruin the shape of the hat, leaving it to come out fresh and ready for wear!

Washing A Lot Of Produce Has Never Been Easier

Washing A Lot Of Produce Has Never Been Easier
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If you’re having a big dinner party, stop hand washing all of your produce. We know it takes up a lot of time individually, washing everything that is going to go in the salad and various other dishes. So, try this hack instead.

Stick all of your produce in the dishwasher and run it on low with no detergent. When the cycle is complete, you’ll have fresh produce ready for chopping and eating.

Get Those Dirty Shoes Nice And Clean

Get Those Dirty Shoes Nice And Clean
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Patrice Lake/Pinterest

For people who do a lot of walking, your shoes most likely gather dirt, mud, grass, and even funky foot sweat inside the soles. And while it is perfectly acceptable to throw dirty shoes into the washing machine, they tend to throw it off balance, creating a banging sound.

So, we recommend bypassing the loud noise by throwing your dirty shoes into the dishwasher. Running the appliance on a regular setting will clean off all the Earthy remains while eliminating any funky smells.

Clean All The Dirt Off Your Dinner Potatoes

Clean All The Dirt Off The Dinner Potatoes
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Dee Musiel/Pinterest

If there is ever a time where you have to make potato salad, mashed potatoes, or even baked potatoes in bulk, save yourself time with this hack. For holidays, such as Thanksgiving, don’t hand-wash every potato individually — that takes way too long!

Instead, throw your entire batch of potatoes in the dishwasher. It won’t only save you time, but this hack will have the spuds emerge as if you’ve been cleaning them for hours.

Ripen A Hard Avocado Real Quick

Ripen A Hard Avocado Real Quick
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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Avocados pretty much have a mind of their own when it comes to ripening. It’s always a struggle to time out when the fruit is going to be ready to eat. But have no fear; there is a simple way to ripen them in a pinch.

All you have to do is place a whole avocado on the top rack of your dishwasher. Then, run the appliance for about ten minutes. The fruit will come out soft and ready to eat.

Wash Away The Funk Smell From Your Kitchen Sponge

Wash Away The Funk Smell From Your Kitchen Sponge
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There is nothing worse than going to clean something in your kitchen only to realize your sponge is crusty, somehow slimy, and smells weird. Instead of spending a weird amount of money on sponges or other cleaning tools, think about doing this hack instead.

Take your dirty sponges and stick them in the top rack of your dishwasher. Washing them at a high temperature will rid the sponge of any grime while disinfecting and giving it a fresh scent.

Hand Wash Dishes And Then Stick Them In The Dishwasher To Dry

Hand Wash Dishes And Then Stick Them In The Dishwasher To Dry
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Even if you have a dishwasher, a lot of people don’t like running it and wasting an unnecessary amount of water. Resorting to hand washing is always a great alternative, but things can become tricky and wet if you don’t have a dry rack.

If that’s the case for you, we recommend this hack. Stick your wet dishes in the dishwasher. The appliance has plenty of room and will catch the water, so it doesn’t drip all over the counter or floor.

Clean Toys And Collars For Your Fur-Family

Clean Toys And Collars For Your Fur-Family
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Shirley Tinker/Pinterest

If you have a dog, then you know their toys and collar can get a bit gross, especially if they enjoy playing outside. In that case, you’re going to want to remember this little hack for the next time your pooch comes waltzing in with mud all over himself and his toys!

All you have to do is stick the toys and collar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run the appliance on a normal setting without detergent for an odor-free and natural clean you and your pet will enjoy.

Thoroughly Wash Old Hairbrushes

Thoroughly Wash Old Hairbrushes
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Pril Arabi/YouTube

If there is one thing you don’t want near your scalp, it’s dirty bacteria. The issue is, when it comes to hairbrushes, they are notoriously difficult to clean. People tend to give up, throw them away, and run to the nearest store to pick up a new one.

Well, put your keys and wallet down, friend. All you’re going to want to do is stick your hairbrush in your dishwasher. Run it, and watch as it comes out sanitized and looking like new.

Cook Up A Chicken Dinner

Cook Up A Chicken Dinner
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If you’re bored in the kitchen and up to do a bit of experimenting, wait until you learn more about how to cook chicken in a dishwasher. Just hear us out. If you’re cooking other things that need your oven’s attention, where are you supposed to put the giant bird?

Answer: the top rack of your dishwasher! Wrap the chicken, or pieces of chicken, in tinfoil. Then, run your dishwasher on its normal cycle and watch your chicken cook to perfection.

Sanitize Your Toothbrush

Sanitize Your Toothbrush
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Janet Gross/Pinterest

Even though toothbrushes are used for cleaning teeth, therefore having some sort of “cleaning product” on them when used, they still get dirty and riddled in bacteria. So, it’s a good thing there is a hand hack to get them looking as good as new!

Place your toothbrush in your cutlery rack, facing upright. Without adding detergent, run your dishwasher at a normal speed. When the cycle is done, your toothbrush will be squeaky clean, and your teeth will thank you.

Warm Your Plates Before Dinner

Warm Your Plates Before Dinner
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Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images

Nice hot meals are always great. But when they’re served on ice-cold plates, the meal tends to lose its warm temperature reasonably quickly. Thankfully, there is a little hack that will help keep your food at an ideal heat.

Place the plate you are going to use for dinner in the dishwasher. Set the appliance to “plate warmer,” or, if you don’t have that setting, the “dry/heat” cycle will work just as well. Then, once the cycle is complete, you’ll warm dishes for your meal!

Get Hot Water Straight Away

Get Hot Water Straight Away
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Marius Becker/picture alliance via Getty Images

In the winter, it gets harder and harder to get hot water in a reasonable amount of time, as it takes a while for it to get to the house pipes. Thankfully, there is a little hack that will help your dishwasher’s water heat up quicker than usual.

Instead of running the appliance right away, try turning your faucet on first. Run the sink water until it turns hot, then start your dishwasher. The water will be at the right temperature and won’t have to take the time to heat up.

Bacteria On Your Keyboard Is A Thing Of The Past

Bacteria On Your Keyboard Is A Thing Of The Past
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Paige Libbert/Pinterest

While many computer companies wouldn’t recommend this hack as the first line of defense, it does work. Computer keyboards get dirty and riddled in bacteria very quickly. And while they are pretty annoying to clean, this hack will make life a bit easier.

Make sure there is nothing else in your dishwasher, place your keyboard on the top rack, and remove any electrical elements like batteries. Then, set your appliance to “rinse only,” making sure not to add detergent. Once the cycle is finished, your keyboard will be like new.

Steam Your Veggies To Perfection

Steam Your Veggies To Perfection
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Lucy Locket/Pinterest

If you’re in the market for a new party trick, try this one out for size. It’s never a bad idea to spice things up in the kitchen. And if you’re bored of steaming vegetables the old fashioned way, try this hack.

Grab a mason jar or any airtight jar, place your prepped veggies inside, set the jar on the top rack of the dishwasher, and run it. Your veggies will come out perfectly steamed, and your guests will be very impressed.

Cook Lasagne Oven Free!

Cook Lasagne Oven Free!
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DeAgostini/Getty Images

Ironically, a dishwasher can be used for more than just washing dishes and cutlery. For example, try using it as a cooking machine! Would you believe temperatures in the appliance can reach a hot enough temperature to cook lasagna properly?

All you’re going to want to do is prepare your lasagna dish like usual, wrap it tightly in tinfoil, and place it in the dishwasher. Then, set your appliance on a normal cycle, adding “heated dry” to help the dish cook.

“Dust Off” Grimy Glass Light Fixtures

Cook Lasagne Oven Free!
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It’s never fun when your light fixture that’s high up on the ceiling gets dusty. They never seem to get clean, no matter how often you dust it (if you’re even that big on cleaning those pesky things). The good news is a dishwasher will take away the annoyance of dusting the glass.

All your going to want to do is unscrew the fixture from the light bulb and any electrical wiring, place it in the dishwasher, running it on a low temperature. Your fixture will come out looking brand new.

Wash Away Bacteria On Your House Keys

Wash Away Bacteria On Your House Keys
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Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images

Dirt, grime, and bacteria tend to get all over items we use daily, including house and car keys. So, instead of walking around with dirty keys that might eventually get you sick (who knows), try thoroughly cleaning them.

Place your keys in the cutlery rack of your dishwasher and run it on a normal cycle with detergent. Just be sure your car keys don’t have a battery! Once the cycle is complete, dry your newly disinfected keys, so they don’t rust.

Make Your Faux Flowers Look Brand New

Make Your Faux Flowers Look Brand New
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Alfred Gescheidt/Getty Images

Faux flowers are wonderful. You don’t have to worry about having a green thumb, watering, or making sure they have enough sunlight. They just sit in their vase and look pretty until they get dusty and dingy looking. Then, when that happens, it’s time to give your fake flowers a real bath.

Unfortunately, dusting doesn’t always do the trick. So, try putting your faux flowers on the top rack of your dishwasher, running it on a normal cycle without detergent. They’ll come out looking good as new.