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Things You Can Put in the Dishwasher
Baseball caps can get bent in the washing machine but hold their shape in the dishwasher, especially inside a contraption like the Ball
Cap Washer ($7.50, amazon.com). Don’t wash them with dishes; food can get trapped in the cloth.
Action figures and other small toys can ride in a mesh lingerie bag on the top rack (but don’t wash Barbie or she’ll have a horrible hair day).
Things You Can Put in the DishwasherRain boots should have the liners removed and lie horizontally. Hook flip-flops on tines in the top rack. (FYI, Crocs are not dishwasher-safe.)
Things You Can Put in the DishwasherHairbrushes and combs made of plastic can take a spin, but not wood or natural boar-bristle brushes. Be sure to remove all the hair first to protect the drain.
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Things You Can Put in the DishwasherGarden tools may have come in contact with pesticides or animals, so don’t mix them with a load of dishes. (And don’t wash those with wood handles.)
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Things You Thought Could Go in the Dishwasher But Really Shouldn'tCast-iron, enameled-cast-iron, and copper pots and pans are on the never list. Why? Cast iron rusts; enameled cast iron chips; copper dents.
Things You Thought Could Go in the Dishwasher But Really Shouldn'tCrystal glasses are especially vulnerable. Food particles can etch them; heat can cause cracks. After hand washing (it’s usually safer than using the china/crystal setting), dry with a cloth that hasn’t been laundered with fabric softener, which can leave a film.
Things You Thought Could Go in the Dishwasher But Really Shouldn'tGood kitchen knives and steak knives aren’t cheap. Why risk dulling their blades?
Technically Acceptable for the Dishwasher...But Too Questionable for Us to Endorse