If you’ve been looking for ways to save time on your chores, look no further than your dishwasher. This handy appliance is more versatile than you think. Not only does it take on dirty dishes and cutlery like a pro, it can also clean and sanitize some of the most unexpected items—items that would normally take a good bit of elbow grease and a huge chunk of time from you to get clean. Just pop them into the dishwasher on a normal cycle and walk away.
Hair accessories, combs, plastic brushes – remove all hair to prevent clogging the dishwasher
Plastic light switch plates
Knobs – oven knobs, cabinet knobs (ceramic)
Sports gear: mouth guards, shin guards, knee pads – place in top rack
Sponges and kitchen scrubbing brushes
Baseball caps – keep them from getting misshapen by running them through a cycle in the dishwasher on the top rack
Toothbrush holders and soap dishes
Refrigerator shelves and drawers
Potatoes – yes, according to Real Simple magazine, you can skip scrubbing potatoes by hand by washing in the dishwasher instead. Run on a normal cycle without detergent.
So what will you do with all that time you’ve saved? Tackle the mess in the laundry room? Get control of the junk drawer in the kitchen? Or maybe you should tackle a glass of wine while getting control of the couch in the living room.