8 Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher … And 7 You Can’t

July 21, 2016 by Kenmore

Before the days of dishwashers, everything got washed by hand; from plates and silverware, to pots and pans. Those days are long gone. In most homes, a dishwasher is a standard appliance and probably one of the most used ones as well. The powerful spray and high temperatures make sure your dishes are clean and sterilized, so what else could you use a machine like this for? We gathered a few surprising things you can toss into the washer to help keep things clean around the house, and give your scrubbing elbow a break:

• Baseball caps
• Action figures and other small toys
• Rain boots
• Tools
• Ceramic cabinet knobs
• Hair brushes
• Fan grilles and vent covers
• Shin guards, knee pads and mouth guards

Source: Real Simple

Not only will this save you time and energy, the high heat in the dishwasher will make sure that these things are sterilized as well, keeping your home safe free from germs.

There are a few mistakes people make with the dishwasher though. You can’t just throw anything and everything in there. Some things are better washed by hand:

• Cast-iron, enameled-cast-iron, and copper pots and pans
• Formal dishes and nice flatware
• Crystal glasses
• Wooden spoons
• Good kitchen knives and steak knives
• Wooden cutting boards
• Insulated mugs and containers

Source: The Kitchn

If you use your dishwasher wisely it can be a powerful, time-saving tool. The new Kenmore Elite Dishwasher even has a third rack so you can fit some of your larger, more bulky utensils in there, while still having room on top for anything else you need washed. Less time spent washing equals more time to enjoy your day.


Whether you’re washing little plastic action figures or, you know, actual kitchen utensils, the Kenmore Dishwashers with Removable Third Rack gives you a little extra space to make clean-up a breeze.

What’s your go-to home hack? Let us know so we can share it with anyone else looking to save a little time doing chores around the home.


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