15 Household Items You Didn’t Know You Could Put in the Dishwasher

As a member of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms, I was compensated for my work on this campaign. However, all opinions are my own.

With a baby crawling around and getting into basically everything, we have had to become a lot more vigilant about making sure that we clean. Not only does that involve making sure that the floor is a baby-safe zone with nothing he can choke on or break on it, but it means that items are needing to get washed more often. Whether the baby slobbers on it, the dog licks it, or someone spills something on it, it’s more important than ever to clean things right away- before they wind up in baby’s mouth.

Most things can be hand washed in warm, soapy water, but I hate doing it. It takes forever, and I never feel like it’s clean enough. Whenever possible, I prefer sticking anything and everything into the dishwasher. And I do mean everything! Below are some common items that you can actually clean in the dishwasher!

15 Things You Didn't Know You Could Put in the Dishwasher

-Bath toys

-Pacifiers & teething rings

-Action figures (or “guys” as we call them)

-Makeup brushes


-Stove knobs

-Switch plates and light fixture covers

-Refrigerator shelves

-Stroller or car cup holders

-Dog dishes

-Dog leashes and collars {just not leather ones, or ones with rhinestones}

-Baseball hats


-Tools {unless they have chemicals on them or wooden handles}

-Cleaning supplies like sponges, scrub brushes, dustpans, and small trash cans

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Have you ever put something besides dishes in the dishwasher?

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  1. Arena Thompson says

    we’ve been doing toothbrushes for a while now, but I had no idea about the rest of the things… especially excited to put my car cupholders in there. they are gross!

  2. Cynthia R says

    I like the idea of washing action figures toys and refrigerator shelves, mine are kind of nasty right now. I’m really surprised at the make up brushes thing, I would think it would come out all funny shaped or there would be little hairs on your dishes.

  3. Karen Glatt says

    I did not know that a lot of these items could go in the dishwasher. The dishwasher sterilizes everything and I need to put my toothbrushes in their. Great list of items that I can put in the dishwasher. I will have to put some of these things in.

  4. Joni Mason says

    I’ve put pacifiers and baseball hats in my dishwasher, but I never thought about any of the other items you listed. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to put our toothbrushes, as well as several more of these items in my dishwasher from now on!

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