Ben Squires


Thu, 14 Jan, 2016

5 things you didn’t know your dishwasher could do

5 things you didn’t know your dishwasher could do

If you’re just using your dishwasher for dirty dishes you’re only using part of its cleaning potential. We’ve taken a look at five hidden uses for common dishwashers.

While they may not all be up your alley, it’s some interesting food for thought!

1. Shine your hubcaps

Yes, you read correctly! If your hubcaps have been through one too many puddles simply load them into the dishwasher with a cup of white vinegar and they’ll come out looking just as good as they did in the show room. Oh, and if you want to clean the lug nuts as well you can place them in a mesh bag before loading the dishwasher and run them through on the same load as well!

2. Clean canvas sneakers

This one may seem a little out of left field as well, but dishwashers are also a great place to clean canvas sneakers. Make sure you remove the liners before you wash them and skip the dry cycle (it’d be better for the sneakers if they air-dry). Also, make sure you run the dishwasher through without anything in it to clean it, otherwise your pots and pans are going to smell like toes!

3. Cook vegetables

Here’s a handy little trick for people who are cooking for a large group but are short on time who have already maxed out the space in their oven. You can actually steam vegetables like broccoli and carrots in foil packets, or potatoes wrapped in foil! Beats spending a money on a steamer.

4. Poach salmon

A why let the fun stop there? Wrap some salmon tightly in foil and the dishwasher will provide the perfect environment to poach it to perfection. You can’t deny the convenience of this option!

5. Sanitise your toothbrush

One thing people often neglect is sanitising their toothbrush, particularly after a cold. Instead of jettisoning your flu-infected toothbrush, run it through the dishwasher and sanitise it to perfection. Just make sure you put it through a different load to the hub cabs or sneakers. 

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