I took my son to the orthodontist recently, and while I was waiting, I picked up a copy of Real Simple Magazine. It’s a lovely magazine, but I could never implement even half of the suggestions they give in just one issue in my lifetime. I read a very enlightening article entitled, “Surprising Uses for Your Dishwasher.” I’d already heard about using it to clean baseball caps, which I did once, but honestly, my dishwasher is nearly always half full of dishes I would have to remove. It’s not that we’re lazy about emptying our dishwasher so much as we see the efficiency in skipping the step where the clean dishes are put back in the cabinets. It’s kind of like making your bed every morning – why bother when you’re just going to use it again that night?
I found some of the suggested uses for the dishwasher rather alarming. Garden tools? Fan grates? Light fixture covers? Eeewww. And clearly they’ve never smelled my son’s hockey bag or they would never suggest putting shin guards and knee pads in there. I guess the dishwasher is self-cleaning, and the high heat should kill everything, but I still can’t bring myself to put any of those things in there (even if it didn’t require me to empty it first).
The section on what shouldn’t go into the dishwasher was very helpful, but the most surprising piece of information I gleaned from the article was that you can actually poach salmon in your dishwasher (apparently while you’re washing the dishes if this picture is any indication). But why would you? Imagine the smell.
It’s time to fess up. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever put in your dishwasher?