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Five Surprising Items That You Can Clean Using Your Dishwasher

If you cook or clean often, you have likely found yourself relying upon your dishwasher to quickly clean up after meals. You might even occasionally throw things like vases or plastic storage containers in with dirty dishes, to streamline your cleaning routine. But, did you know that you can take that efficiency one step further by using your dishwasher to clean common household items? From baseball caps to faux flowers, here are five surprising things you can wash in a dishwasher!  

Phone Cases 

If you use a smartphone case made of silicone, rubber, or plastic, you can bet that your case is dishwasher-safe. However, cases with multiple glued-on pieces may come apart in the dishwasher, so use caution. When you’re ready to wash, be sure to place the case on its side on the top rack. 

Baseball Caps 

Yes, you can wash baseball caps in the dishwasher! First, pre-treat any stains with a stain remover spray before washing in the dishwasher. Then, position hats on the top rack before running the dishwasher load. This will help them keep their shape. 

Kids’ Toys 

Many plastic baby and kids' toys are labeled as dishwasher-safeWhen cleaning them, remember that it's best to put plastic in the top rack, which is farther away from the heat source. Smaller pieces (such as building blocks) should go in a mesh bag to prevent them from moving around during the wash. 

Vacuum Attachments 

Vacuum attachments get dirty fast – so why not toss them in the dishwasher? Many vacuum attachments, including brushes and detachable filters, can be cleaned in the dishwasher. If space allows, stand the attachments up in the top rack.  

Faux Flowers 

Faux flowers are great for decorating your apartment, though they can easily get dusty and dirty. So, to easily remove dust from plastic synthetic flowers, lay them horizontally on the top rack before running a regular dishwasher cycle. 

Staying on top of your personal and professional life can be a challenge. At Haven at Bellaire in Richmond, Texas, we hope to make your daily routine a bit easier with tips and tricks that can be applied to every aspect of life.   

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