5 More Things You Didn’t Know Could Go in Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher can hold many unusual items and clean them.

Your dishwasher is an efficient, capable machine, but it’s not just for dishes.

In fact, there are many surprising items you can put in your dishwasher. It’s not for everything, but your dishwasher can help with cleaning items in your car, germ-prone knick-knacks and even those filthy shoes.

Check out these 5 items most people don’t know you can wash in your dishwasher.

1. Cup holders from your car

How many times have you bumped your coffee cup as you’re getting in the car and spilled some into your drink holder? Probably too many times — and the smell might be lingering. If you often have young riders in your vehicle, the cup holders are an excellent place for garbage or leftover food to collect. Most vehicles have removable cup holders you can place in your dishwasher. Washing them is going to make all the difference.

2. Your pen holder from work

Think of all the things you touch in your office, throughout the day. All those potential germs are resting in the place you spend tbe majority of your day, so it’s important to occasionally clean everything around your office. Empty those pen holders and folder trays and place them in the dishwasher. You’ll get rid of all that offending dirt, dust and bacteria, and it’s a great excuse to organize your workplace at the same time!

3. The sticky shelves in your fridge

Whether it’s from a leftover hotdish or a leaky bottle of ketchup, cleaning up spills in the refrigerator is no easy feat. The low temperature can make spills harder to remove, and trying to reach the spot of the spill might not be ideal. Instead of wasting energy by leaving your fridge open as you attempt to scrape off the stain, place the tray or shelf in your dishwasher and let it do all the work for you.

4. Your house keys

Unless you’re comfortable leaving your front door unlocked, you’re likely using your keys on a regular basis. And they’re dirtier than you think. The dishwasher is a great took to give your basic metal keys a quick cleaning and disinfect the surface. But be careful with your car keys — the plastic on one end may not be safe in the cleaning machine, and make sure not to wash any electronic components!

5. Those old flip flops

Putting flip flops in the dishwasher is just like running through the rain — except they’ll be a lot cleaner and not full of the mud that often accompanies a walk outside. Don’t be afraid to toss your flip flops, sandals and other types of shoes in the dishwasher.

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