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Think Inside the Dishwasher -- new stuff to wash

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      if only i could fit my entire house in there. ;-)).

      1. re: alkapal

        I have a question. The article states that I can wash baseball cap and others in the dishwasher. Is the idea behind this is to clean these items in a more gentle fashion than a washer?

        Get a roomba for your house :) (just kidding)

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          for fabrics, i'm presuming so, because there is no friction with other items in the wash (like in a washing machine-- even HE front-loading machines).

          as i think about it, i'd be very cautious about bleaching elements in the detergent. and of course, we know not to use any regular detergents in a dishwasher. LOLOLOLOL. boy do we know!

          ps, that roomba would need an advanced all-terrain desert expeditionary force training program. poor roomba. LOL. speaking of…i need to be my own roomba and get off this computer. cheers all!

          1. re: alkapal

            I am thinking more like using the dishwasher without the harsh dish washer detergent. I actually don't think using dishwasher with dishwasher detergent is a good idea for fabrics. This is because (without the spin, and friction...etc) you cannot get a good rinse out of the the fabrics. It is almost like you spray dishwasher detergent to your baseball, and then spray some water on it. The initial detergent is hardly washed off. This works well with nonporus glassware, china, flatware, but not for fabric. What do you think?

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              i might use a spot cleaner on the rim of the cap if it is a little grimy, but not otherwise use any detergent (as you are thinking).

              if my baseball cap were honestly grimy (and how did you let your baseball cap get that dirty, young man?!?!), then i'd hand wash and rinse it.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Yep for an "oil change" a soak in a sink and a brush always provided the longest lasting hats.

                1. re: SanityRemoved

                  i like that -- an "oil change." good one!

                  a nice leftover toofbrush (sic) is good for that….one that itself has been rejuvenated into a cleaning brush in the dishwasher. (that's one i do all the time). those toothbrushes are a nice size for cleaning around faucets in the kitchen sink and bathroom.

                2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  In my unofficial, non-scientific testing, I find dishwashing detergent to rinse more easily than laundry detergent. But I throw (non-wool) baseball caps in the regular washing machines all the time.

                3. re: alkapal

                  I've done baseball caps in there precisely because they get roughed up less. Even so, I put them in those forms that retain the proper shape.

                  I didn't do it with dishes but I did use conventional dishwasher detergent, maybe using less than a full portion. I don't know what, exactly, I did about any special rinse solution but I'd avoid that. Wait until it has to be refilled or switch to a detergent that doesn't have it encapsulated.

          2. Some I would do, others not so much.
            I use the dishwasher to clean the filters for the electronic air filter for the furnace.

            1. Hmmm. I like the toys idea. I do the cooking at a daycare/preschool. I should offer to run some of the plastic toys through the dishwasher once in a while for the teachers - we bleach them all at least twice a day, but a dishwasher cleaning once in a while would probably be helpful.

                1. Thanks!! Those glass globes from light fixtures suck to clean, this is a great idea! Wonder if the frosted ones would have any ill effects from the dishwasher?

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                  1. re: Rick

                    The clear glass ones are fine in the dishwasher. Trust me....DO NOT put the frosted globes in the dishwasher. They will get damaged.

                  2. Oh! This one made me laugh...when I worked in the kitchen cabinet department of one of the big box stores, a woman came in pushing a stroller that had a big roundish squarish brownish thing in it.
                    It was one of the drawers from the vanity in the home she had just bought. When they moved in, the drawer had so much gunk in it, she up-ended it in the dishwasher and ran it through a cycle. If you've ever seen what happens to cheap particle board when it gets wet, you know what this drawer looked like when she pulled it out.
                    Fortunately she had a good sense of humor, because I laughed my ### off. Then ordered her a new drawer box.

                    1. When I worked in restaurants I used to wash my shirts in the dishwasher then hang dry. I lived alone & ate at work, so there were never dirty dishes. Put smaller clothing on the top rack of empty dishwasher & turn off the heat/dry, use regular detergent.

                      1. I thought they might touch on this topic:

                        Though (in line with the sous vide) this recipe has been haunting me for a while:

                        1. One of the words of wisdom I shared with my daughter when she had her baby was not to choose any toys that she couldn't put in the dishwasher periodically.

                          1. Although I haven't done it in years, you can poach a salmon very effectively in a dishwasher.

                            And even though this guy advises against trying it with a whole fish I can assure you that it works very well with whole or portioned salmon:


                            DO NOT ADD SOAP OR DISHES!! Ignore that part entirely. Double-wrapping it in heavy-duty foil will keep it protected and prevent soap or other smells from hitting the fish, but don't tempt fate by adding dishes or flatware to the dishwasher. You're simply using it for a prolonged hot water soak. If the salmon's larger you will need to run it through 2 cycles.

                            Totally effortless with perfect results.