1. Kitchen exhaust filter
Avoid getting messy, gunky oil buildup on your filter by cleaning it in the dishwasher once a month or as often as your range hood manufacturer recommends. The high temperature combined with a good detergent should be sufficient to cut through tough grease without any effort on your part.
2. Dish sponges
Bacteria and mold love a moist environment, and your dish sponge is a perfect setting for them to thrive. We’ve found that using the “heated dry” setting is an effective way to kill most of the germs.
3. Plastic toys
This should wipe out germs from that last play date fast. Warning: Don’t place any toys with electronic component in the dishwasher. You might get shocked or short them out.
4. Toothbrush holders and soap dishes
Have you ever looked down into your toothbrush holder’s holes? Yeah, it can get pretty gross. Place them on top rack since they tend to be delicate.
5. Pet dishes and toys
They’ll come out sparkling and clean after a cycle and your furry friend with thank you for it. Be sure to check the dish label to make sure it is dishwasher safe. If it freaks you out to run them with your own dishes, do a separate load.
6. Scrub brushes
Like your sponge, these need sanitizing, too. A quick spin in the dishwasher should keep them clean and fresh.
7. Plastic hairbrushes and toothbrushes
Place them in the dishwasher’s top rack or the utensil basket, and make sure they are securely anchored in place before starting the cycle. Be sure to remove all hairs from the hairbrush to avoid clogging the drain filter, too.
8. Dish racks
Like sponges, these are often moist, bacteria hotpots. To wipe out grimy buildup, place the dish rack into the bottom rack and run through a cycle.
9. Light fixture glass globes
Changing a light bulb might remind you that these need a little cleaning love. Be sure to place it securely in the rack to avoid breakage.
10. Removable cup holders
If your car has these, you can clean them by placing them on the top rack with a load of other cups and dishes.