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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.

    2. Dirty window screens.

    3. The grimy drawers and shelves in your fridge.

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    Because your crisper drawer is gross.

    4. The plastic pencil cup on your desk.

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    And all your other plastic desk organizers.

    5. Cabinet knobs.

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    6. Your kids' grubby plastic toys.

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    Pretty much anything without electric parts should be fine.

    7. Your greasy hairbrushes and combs.

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    As long as it's plastic and not made of boar bristles. Also, pull the hair out of the brush first.

    8. Pacifiers.

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    9. Baseball caps.

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    It'll keep its shape even better if you use one of these.

    10. Your shower shoes.

    11. And your rainboots.

    12. Your pesticide-y garden tools.

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    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.

    14. Soap dishes.

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    15. Stove grates.

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    Make sure the bottoms are enamel coated first. Check out these guides by Viking and GE for more information.

    16. And stove knobs.

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    17. Dusty vent covers.

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    Plastic, aluminum, and steel ones are dishwasher safe. Wash painted ones by hand.

    18. And dusty dust pans.

    19. Light switch plates.

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    Get them a few shades whiter again.

    20. Your showerhead.

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    Break down the hard water.

    21. Sports gear.

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    Keep the stench out of your laundry hamper. Knee pads, shin guards, and helmets are all fair game.

    22. Your toothbrush.

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    Just because it does the cleaning doesn't mean it's clean.

    23. Your stove hood filter.

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    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.