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These Are Five Surprising Household Items That You Can Easily Clean in a Dishwasher

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If you cook and clean often, you have likely relied upon your dishwasher to help you tidy up after meals. You might even occasionally throw household items, like vases or plastic storage containers, in with the dirty dishes, in an effort 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 more often? From baseball caps to faux flowers, here are five surprising household items that you can wash in a dishwasher with no problem.

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. 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 beforehand. When loading the dishwasher, you’ll want to place hats on the top rack, so they keep their shape and vivid colors.

Kids’ Toys

Many plastic baby and kids' toys are labeled as dishwasher-safe, such as building blocks. These smaller pieces are often ready to go and come in a mesh bag to prevent them from moving around during a cleaning in the dishwasher.

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. They can easily get dusty and dirty, though. So, to easily remove dust from plastic synthetic flowers, lay them horizontally on the top rack before running a regular dishwasher cycle.

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