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24 Things You Never Knew You Could Clean In The Dishwasher

From stove grates to butt plugs.

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You can wash a lot more than dishes in the dishwasher. And you should.

But, first, a few ground rules for safety.

• If anything is delicate or at risk of melting (plastic, in particular) keep it on the top rack, where the heat isn't as intense.

• When washing anything made of metal, dry it thoroughly to prevent rusting.

• If it's going in your body, you probably want to skip the detergent.

Now, on to the fun stuff.

1. Potatoes.

YES, REALLY. Imagine how much more mashed potatoes you could eat if they were this easy to clean. This is especially useful when cooking for parties and holidays.


2. Dirty window screens.

If they're small enough to fit in your dishwasher, there's no simpler way to clean them.


10. Your shower shoes.

They could use a shower too.

11. And your rainboots.

Remove the liners first. Side note, Crocs are not dishwasher safe.

13. Sex toys.

But only if they're made of a nonporous material (like silicone, glass, or metal) and don't contain electrical components. Check out this guide for more information on how to properly clean sex toys.


24. BONUS: Salmon

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OK, so you can't actually wash salmon in the dishwasher, but according to a number of brave cooks and bloggers, you can cook it in there. Just make sure you wrap it up tightly in tin foil so no detergent or excess water seeps in, and put it on the top rack of the dishwasher. You can find directions on The Kitchn. Hey, it's worth a shot.