things you can clean in your dishwasher

Having a dishwasher saves you so much time in ways you didn’t even imagine.  Here are 10 timesaving things you can clean in your dishwasher.

  1. Most porcelain dishware

Surprisingly, most porcelain is dishwasher safe. Just be sure to check the label and never put fine china with metal decorations into the dishwasher.

  1. Silver flatware

Surprisingly, silver and silver-plated flatware can be washed in the dishwasher, with a few caveats. Make sure to use a detergent that does NOT contain lemon or other citric acid, or it could damage the metal. Do not wash sterling silver flatware with stainless steel flatware (the electrolytic action can discolor and pit the metals where they touch). Run a rinse cycle if you’re not going to start the dishwasher immediately, as prolonged contact with food containing salt, acid or sulfide (eggs, mayonnaise and seafood) can damage the finish.

  1. Stainless steel cookware

Much stainless-steel cookware can go in the dishwasher, but be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions and hand-wash when in doubt. Prolong contact with food containing salt, vinegar, dairy or fruit can damage the finish, so be sure to run the dishwasher immediately, or run a rinse cycle.

  1. Stainless steel graters and strainers

The spray action of the dishwasher can help remove particles from hard-to-clean areas. To preserve the finish on graters and strainers, rinse them immediately after prolonged contact with dairy foods (like cheese), fruit juice, salt and vinegar, especially if you delay running the dishwasher.

  1. Coffee maker baskets, carafes and lids

Coffee leaves behind an oily residue that, when not removed, affects the flavor of coffee over time. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to be sure they’re dishwasher safe, and if they are, make it a habit to wash these in the dishwasher after each use, or daily if making multiple pots.

  1. Wine glasses

Regular wine glasses can go in the dishwasher if they do not have metallic trim or decorations on them. However, they should be loaded carefully so they don’t knock into other items and crack or chip during the dishwashing process. Crystal wine glasses should not go in the dishwasher.

  1. Light switch and outlet plates

Instead of washing these individually by hand, wash them all at once in the dishwasher when you’re spring cleaning. Just make sure they’re completely dry before screwing them back in place. (Top Rack)

  1. Hair brushes

Use your fingers or a comb to pull out as much left-behind-hair as possible (you don’t want it clogging up the drain). Then, say goodbye to all that dust that somehow collected over time. (Top Rack)

  1. Flip Flops

These things can get so filthy by the end of the summer (heck, even just the end of the week!). Wash away dirt, grime, and who knows what else in a quick cycle. (Top Rack)

  1. Plastic Toys

Did you know that plastic toys (that don’t use batteries) can be sanitized in the dishwasher? (Top Rack)


These are just some of the things that can go in the dishwasher. It makes you think What did we do without a dishwasher to save time?