Clean yourself in the dishwasher

You can clean these things in the dishwasher

Sneakers or children's toys get dirty quickly and are tedious to clean - until now. Because you can easily put a lot in your dishwasher so that it gets clean again. We tell you what is allowed in the machine and what is not.

1. shower head

Little water drips from the shower when showering? Then the shower head may be calcified and dirty. However, corrosive chemicals can attack and damage the materials. It is easier and gentler to put the shower head in the dishwasher. Dirt and limescale are loosened here at hot temperatures.

2. Baseball caps and hats

In summer we sweat mainly on our heads. Unsightly sweat marks then quickly form on caps and hats. You can wash the visor cap in the washing machine, but there is a risk that the visor will kink during the spin cycle. Instead, put the baseball cap in the dishwasher - without dishes. Your headgear will be clean again quickly.

3. Sneakers

Although there is a dispute whether sneakers should look clean or worn, a wash cycle in the dishwasher is still good for summer shoes. This not only removes dirt, but also prevents the sweat from building up odorous bacteria that could lead to athlete's foot.

4. Flip-flops and rubber boots

At high temperatures, on the beach or in the sauna, they are a must-have: flip-flops. But street dirt and the like quickly get stuck in the airy footwear and let the summer colors fade. If the slippers are made of plastic or rubber, a run in the dishwasher can help - but without dishes, please. The same goes for rubber boots.

Warning: If you have flip-flops made of other materials or shoes with an inner lining, you should only clean them with a cloth. Otherwise too much water and high temperatures could cause the material to float up.

Flip-flops have to be cleaned at the end of the season (Source: eternalcreative / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

5. Buckets, rattles, and action figures

Children and especially toddlers like to put everything in their mouths. To ensure that at least your toys are clean, you should regularly put buckets, toy figures and rattles in the dishwasher if they are made of plastic. However, with some products you should pay attention to the temperature settings. For example, the hair of dolls breaks if the temperature is too high.

6. Pet supplies

The drooled ball from Bello or the toy mouse from Miezie hidden in the garden: dog and cat toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher as well as bowls and watering troughs. The accessories look clean again after a wash. For reasons of hygiene, however, you should not allow dirty dishes to be washed with the dishes.

7. Vegetables and fruits

Sounds strange, but it makes work easier, especially with large quantities, and also saves water: you can simply have potatoes, peppers and apples cleaned in the dishwasher. However, you should definitely avoid using detergent and tabs here!
As a side effect, the food is steam cooked straight away. This also saves time and energy.

8. Garden utensils

Repotting, weeding and sowing: Gardening does not only leave traces in the garden and on clothing. Soil, resin and pollen also stick to shovels, hoes and the like. Do you still have to laboriously clean these devices after intensive gardening? An abomination for many. So it's better to put everything in the dishwasher.

But be careful: of course, you have to remove most of the dirt first.

9. Keys and tags

We touch you every day several times: Keys. Viruses and dirt quickly get stuck on them, especially after taking down the rubbish, riding the bus or doing gardening. Key rings become a real virus thrower. After a run in the dishwasher, your keys and fobs are germ-free again and shine with new strength.

10. Toothbrushes and tongue cleaners

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a bright, clean smile. To maintain oral hygiene, it is also important to change the brush regularly every three months. Because frayed bristles not only damage the gums, but are also an ideal breeding ground for leftover food, bacteria and germs. However, if you are disgusted with your teeth cleaning utensils after a few weeks, you can easily put brushes and tongue scrapers in the dishwasher.

Tongue scrapers ensure fresh breath (Source: AndreyPopov / Thinkstock by Getty-Images)

11. Combs, hair clips and hair ties

Dandruff and dust get stuck in the hair and also in the comb after brushing. So that you don't distribute this dirt back into your hair when you comb it, simply put the brushes in the dishwasher. The same also applies to hair clips, hair clips and hair ties. Remember, however, to remove the hair from the bristles beforehand. Otherwise they clog the sieve.

12. Computer keyboard

They are real virus-throwers: keyboards. You can remove light dirt from time to time with a cloth, but a lot of dirt still sticks between the keys. So that you don't have to laboriously clean all the keys individually with an old toothbrush, you can simply disassemble the keyboard and have the robust components cleaned in the dishwasher. However, to ensure that it is easy to assemble later on, you should take a photo of your keyboard before you take it apart. This way you know which key belongs in which slot.