Nifty·Posted on Jun 24, 201816 Dishwashing Hacks That'll Make The Worst Part Of Cooking Way EasierStick tiny objects in a mesh shower bag so they don't fall through the racks.by Emily ShwakeBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Place your dish rack on top of your plastic containers to keep them from flipping over and filling with water. u/thecatunderthebed / Via reddit.com Everything will dry faster and you'll actually remember to clean the drying rack, which definitely needs a wash every once and a while. Learn more here. 2. Get a washable sponge so you don't have to replace yours every single week. AmazonAddict / Via amazon.com Sponges hold on to a lot of nasty bacteria, so within a week they aren't food-safe. These are just as — if not more — effective as a regular sponge, but you can toss them in the wash after the week is up.Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.95. 3. Hang a wire shelf over the sink so your dishes drip into the sink instead of onto the clean counter. diytothesoundofhi-fi.blogspot.com If your cabinets aren't set up in a way that makes this possible, try hanging a shower caddy from the wall to dry your cutlery, mugs, and glasses inside. Learn more here. 4. Save eggshells to give your sponge some extra scouring power. Angela Corbelli / Via youtube.com Crush them up in the pan and move them around with the sponge. The shells are abrasive enough to cut through the food, but not too tough that they leave scratches behind. You can also stick them in narrow vases that are tough to clean and shake them around with soap and water. Learn more here. 5. Put lids and other small items in a mesh laundry bag to prevent them from falling through the racks. thriftyfun.com Use it for lids, pacifiers, extra small plastic containers, and other items that don't really have a proper spot in the dishwasher. Learn more here. 6. Hold on to orange peels so you can use them to clean stained mugs. Angela Corbelli / Via youtube.com Dip the white side of the peel in salt and scrub all over the mug. Give it a rinse and it'll be good as new. Learn more here. 7. Soak plastic cutting boards in diluted bleach to get them really clean. onelittleproject.com Fill the sink with 1/4 cup of bleach and a gallon of hot water and let the boards soak for about 20 minutes. Learn more here. 8. And scrub your wooden cutting board with a lemon wedge and salt if it's developing an unpleasant odor. livesimply.me After rubbing down the board, let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing it with hot water. Learn more here. 9. Soak your pots and pans with a dryer sheet and hot soapy water to easily clean off grease stains and baked-on food. Ashley McGetrick / Via buzzfeed.com After an hour-long soak, the stains should easily scrub off with a sponge. Learn more here. 10. Sprinkle baking soda — and maybe a few drops of essential oils — in rubber gloves to deodorize them. oliviacleansgreen.com Combine three tablespoons of baking soda and two to four drops of lavender essential oil, and sprinkle into the gloves. Hang them hand-side down and out of the sunlight. Learn more here. 11. Keep a bowl of soapy water by the sink so you aren't wasting dish soap. Gilaxia / Getty Images Instead of squirting dish soap on the sponge, mix it up with the hot water and just dip the sponge in. You'll get the right amount of suds and spend less time rinsing the soap off of the dishes. 12. Blend soap and water to clean the inside of your blender without cutting your fingers on the blades. thefrugalgirls.com After about 30 seconds of blending, pour out the soapy water, and rinse. Learn more here. 13. Soak your knives in lemon juice if they're getting a bit rusty. fabulesslyfrugal.com Stack them blade-side down in a tall cup filled with lemon juice. Let them soak for a few minutes before rinsing the knives off and wiping them with a sponge. Learn more here. 14. Stick the dirty dishes in a bin so you actually have room to clean in the sink. Facebook: buzzfeednifty Bonus points if you fill the bin with hot soapy water the dishes can soak while you work. Learn more here. 15. Unload the bottom rack first so you aren't splashing all of the water from the top on the bottom. Alexraths / Getty Images The cups sometimes collect water that'll spill out onto your dry plates and silverware. Learn more here. 16. Let your sponge dry out on this adorable sponge holder to make the experience a bit more fun. amazon.com Isn't it cute?!Get it from Amazon for $11.75.