9 Unusual Things to Wash in the Dishwasher

Dishwasher Tips

Here are 9 unusual things to wash in the dishwasher that you might not have thought of!


1. Kids’ & pet toys. Eliminate dirt and germs periodically with a nice wash in the dishwasher (You don’t have to wash them in the same load with your dishes!)

2. Vegetable brushes, scrub brushes, & baby bottle brushes. Eliminate the bacteria in your kitchen brushes by sanitizing them in the dishwasher.

3. Kitchen & cleaning sponges. Kill the germs on your sponges instead of spreading them around.

4. Tooth brush holders. Toothpaste and water can build up in the bottom of your tooth brush holders. Wash them in the dishwasher from time to time to keep them clean.

5. Refrigerator shelving. Most modern refrigerator shelving is designed to be dishwasher safe (older appliances may not be). You may need to remove the top rack of the dishwasher to fit larger shelves.

6. Cup holder inserts from your car. Many cars now have removable cup holders that are dishwasher safe. No need for sticky cupholders!

7. Glass globe covers for light fixtures (use normal or a light setting). The top rack of the dishwasher is safest for these. You can even wedge them into place with sponges or plastic cups to keep fixtures from possibly moving.

8. Trash can lids and trash cans. The bottom rack will fit a small to medium sized garbage can (some may require removal of the top rack).

9. Dog food & water bowl. Keep your canine’s dishes clean too!

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  1. Never thought of doing that #7 with the light globes. Those are always full of dust that never seem to get clean with just a wipe down.
    Thanks for the tips,

  2. I’m glad you found a useful tip! 🙂

  3. I have a large collection of paper weights they all go into dishwasher too come out sparkling..

  4. I also put my stovetop grates to get them clean and de-grease.

  5. I found this very helpful and informative…thank you! A friend of mine washes her child’s potty chair in her dishwasher too. At first, I was like “YUCK!!!”. But it gets sanitized and cleaned nicely…why not? Thanks again and Happy New Year!

  6. findingfacts says

    I would not wash the last two in the dish washer. If your water is not super hot as it might not be if you do not run the hot water for 2 minutes or if you do not have the hot water pre-heat, you are subjecting you dishes to bacteria. Hand wash in tub or outside. also, plastic gets scratched and unless you scrub in the cracks, you are missing germs even with washing.

    • MrsAshley says

      I was thinking to only wash trash cans and lids by themselves but I realize I didn’t say that. Thank you for pointing that out! 🙂

  7. Jennlanay says

    We also put air filter and the HRV filters in the dishwasher as well its great

  8. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    Some of these I have done, but I never thought to do either refrigeator shelves or trash can lids.

  9. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    I’ve also washed baseball caps in there!

  10. I’ve done several of those but never trash can lids. That is a good idea.

  11. Great ideas! I just got my first-ever dishwasher a few months back and it’s a lifesaver!

  12. A Mom's Take says

    Washing car cup holders in the dishwasher is genius! Ours are horrible!!

  13. Jennifer Soltys says

    That’s so funny, I actually dishwashed our toothbrush holder yesterday!!! I love the idea of trash can lids, though! Great ideas!!

  14. we wash legos. and right before i sanitize the dishwasher each month i run the bathroom trash cans thru too

  15. Love this list. We’ve always put toys in the dishwasher and sponges too… but some of these other things I have not thought to put in.

  16. Great list! I need to put some of these things through the dishwasher myself.

  17. justmarriedwithcoupons says

    Awesome list! I definitley never thought of washing trash can lids in the dishwasher.. that is brilliant! I am going to do that! Thanks!

  18. Some of these I would have never thought of!

  19. Wow, I never knew. I do the bath toys once and awhile.

  20. Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack says

    I know a lot of people who was toys in their dish washer

  21. Melanie Roberts says

    i always wash toys in the diswahser…love your tips..never thought of the trashcan lid..awesome…thanks for a great post and i will now have the cleanest lid on the street 🙂

  22. kSquaredGlamour says

    i dont recall ever washing these items in my dishwasher but they would be a good idea to

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