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Household Items You Can Get Really Clean in the Dishwasher

updated May 6, 2019
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Spring cleaning means more than tackling that nagging pile of papers that’s been on your desk since Halloween. To truly become a master of spring cleaning, you need to dig deep and clean all those filthy little parts and pieces around the house that probably never see so much as a Clorox Wipe.

The good news is that many of those little pieces—things like cabinet handles or the drip pan on your Keurig machine—can get checked off your to-do list with just a quick spin in the dishwasher.

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As a general rule, anything made of plastic or metal that’s not painted, coated or enameled is safe to go in the dishwasher. Here are some ideas to get you started on your spring clean, but we’re sure you’ll find plenty more pieces to clean around the house.

Glass Globes from Light Fixtures
Shower Heads (on the top rack on the “pots and pans” cycle)
Faucet Handles (on the top rack on the “pots and pans” cycle)
• Plastic Dials from the Oven or Washing Machine
• Chrome Drip Pans
• Sink Plugs
• Bathtub Drain Plugs
Plastic or Aluminum Switch Plates
Plastic or Aluminum Vent Covers
• Fridge Water Dispenser Grate
• One-Serve Coffee Maker Grate and Drip Pan
Hand Tools with Metal or Plastic Handles
• Microwave Tray
• Small Trash Bins
• Range Hood Grease Filters
Vacuum Attachments
Broom Ends
Dust Pans
Ceramic Cabinet Knobs (in the silverware caddy)
Garden Tools (without wood handles)

Do you have any other dishwasher-safe ideas for things around the home?

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