Anyone who ever wasted hours standing in front of a sink scrubbing filthy flatware knows what a lifesaver a dishwasher can be. These magical little machines cut down on one of the nation’s most hated household chores.
There are some things you should never put in the dishwasher and then there are things you didn’t know could go in the dishwasher. But did you know that your favorite kitchen appliance can even help you accomplish some everyday household tasks?
Read on for the most surprising tasks you didn’t know your dishwasher could do, including a couple dinner tricks your family and friends will have to see to believe (No. 11 and 14).
1. Sanitize your toothbrush
Your toothbrush hosts somewhere around 100 million bacteria, including E. coli and staphylococci. Even the plaque you’re brushing off your teeth contains bacteria.
The best way to clean yours? Throw it in the dishwasher. Scalding water temperatures of 140 degrees Fahrenheit are enough to annihilate gross bacteria lurking on your toothbrush without buying a new one.
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