A dishwasher can be a real domestic lifesaver, affording you precious time and keeping your hands dry and soft – but it’s not just for getting your crockery and cutlery sparkling.
In a new blog post, lifestyle experts from online electrical retailer AO.com has revealed the dishwasher hacks that will change the way you use your appliance, as well as the crucial mistakes you might be making.
It turns out the machine is also good for cleaning any other durable items you can think of that might be looking grubby, even your white trainers.
And if your cooker suddenly breaks down, it can even be used for a spot of cooking.
You can cook salmon in the dishwasher by wrapping it a tight parcel of tinfoil and switching on the machine to its highest setting
It’s definitely not the most obvious use for your dishwasher, but you can use it to cook dinner.
Wrap salmon in foil with lemon and switch the dishwasher to its highest setting, making sure the package is air tight so that water can’t get in.
As most dishwashers don’t go above 170C, you won’t have to worry about overcooking your fish again.
And if there’s a no water cycle on your machine, you can use the dishwasher to keep food warm.
CLEAN YOUR KEYBOARD
Many would cringe at the idea of putting any form of tech accessory in the dishwasher, but apparently it can work. Use a rinse cycle, but take the keyboard out of the machine before the dry cycle begins.
You will then need to leave it for a few days to dry out.
Although most keyboards are safe to put in the dishwasher, most manufacturers do no recommend it, so it’s probably best to stick to doing it with older models
If there’s a grubby old keyboard that you want to restore to its former glory, you can run it through the dishwasher
Trainers can go through the dishwasher to get them looking box fresh again.
Make sure you take the laces out and use baking soda in the machine instead of a dishwasher tablet.
If you need to freshen up a grubby pair of trainers, try running them through the dishwasher with baking soda
Cleaning children’s toys can be a hassle, but it is possible to put them in your dishwasher, just like your plates.
Try placing smaller items in a colander or lingerie bag to stop them falling between the racks.
It is recommended to wash them on the lowest temperature, and not to put toys with synthetic hair – like dolls – in the wash, as it may melt.
Children’s toys can be sanitsised and freshened up by putting them in the machine, but it’s probably best to avoid dolls or any other toys with fake hair
Save time while you’re cooking by washing vegetables in the dishwasher using a rinse-only cycle.
WASH GARDEN TOOLS
It can be fiddly getting mud off your trowel. Putting your garden tools through the dishwasher can help get rid of hard to remove dirt.
You can free up time while cooking by rinsing your vegetables in the machine. It’s also a great way of getting caked-on dirt off garden tools
AND THE MISTAKES YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WERE MAKING
DON’T RINSE YOUR PLATES
Washing food off a plate means there’s no greasy stains for the dishwasher detergent to attack, meaning it often goes after the glasses and leaves them cloudy.
PAY ATTENTION TO WATER
If living in an area with hard water, it is vital to use rise aid to prevent leaving a residue on plates, cutlery and glasses.
DON’T WASH THESE ITEMS
Putting a non-stick pan through the dishwasher will cause them to become sticky. Similarly putting sharp knives in the dishwasher will cause them to go dull.
PUT PLATES IN THE RIGHT WAY
Plates should face towards the centre of the machine, as this is where water blasts out from, washing the vital surface of the plate.