A recent report found that only 41.9% of UK households have a dishwasher in their home – compared to 69% and 63% in Germany and France. What do our friends on the Continent know that we don’t? Well, perhaps it’s that you can use a dishwasher for more than just washing dishes.
Find out what else you can clean – and cook – in a dishwasher below.
We all know that dishwashers are great at cleaning dishes – the clue is in the name – but they can also be used to clean some more unusual items.
What if I told you research found that computer keyboards are home to more germs and bacteria than a toilet seat? What if I then told you that you can clean your keyboard in the dishwasher? Would you do it?
Putting your keyboard in the dishwasher and running a rinse only cycle will leave it as clean as when you first got it out of the box. However, there’s a lot of debate online about the risks and rewards of this method. Some say it works a treat; others say it can damage the circuitry.
If you decide to take the plunge, make sure you leave the keyboard to dry completely before plugging it back in. This could take a few days.
Nail Clippers, Tweezers & More
If there are a lot of bacteria on a keyboard we don’t even want to imagine what can be found on nail clippers, especially the fold out part that’s used to get under your nails. These, as well as tweezers, non-electrical razors, plastic hairbrushes and combs can all be cleaned and sanitised in the dishwasher.
Wellies, Sandals and Flip Flops
Rather than having them banging around inside your washing machine, pop your rubber or plastic footwear in the dishwasher to give it a good clean.
Children take their toys with them everywhere and they quickly become very grubby. Youngsters also love to put toys in their mouths, so it makes sense to keep these items as clean as possible.
Some plastic toys can be cleaned and sanitised in the dishwasher, but be sure they can take the high temperatures. Toys with removable parts should be placed in a mesh bag to stop any parts going missing.
Having a big family get-together? Or perhaps you’ve just got back from the farmers market with a lot of fruit and veg? Save yourself some time and use less water by popping your produce in the dishwasher and running a rinse cycle to remove any dirt. This is great for root vegetables like potatoes, carrots and parsnips, celery, and some firm fruits with a thick skin, like apples.
Other items that can be cleaned in a dishwasher include sports clothes, pet toys and bowls, fridge and freezer shelves and cleaning cloths, sponges and dusters.
Reaching temperatures of around 75°C means your dishwasher isn’t just for washing things – you can cook too. The high temperature allows you to slow cook or steam your food, and if you have a vacuum pack machine, you can treat yourself to a bit of sous-vide cooking. You can even cook a meal at the same time as cleaning your dirty dishes, so this is a really environmentally friendly method too.
Take a look at this dishwasher cookbook for lots more ideas.
One of the easiest things to cook in the dishwasher are eggs. Simply pop your eggs into an air-tight jar with some water, put the lid on tightly, and place in the dishwasher.
You can then fill your dishwasher with dirty dishes as usual, put in the dishwasher tablet and select the intensive cycle. Once the cycle is complete, take out the jars and you have perfectly boiled eggs.
Cooking a lasagne in the dishwasher isn’t that practical, but it’s worth it just to prove it’s possible. Imagine the conversation when you serve this as your dinner party centrepiece. It requires a bit more effort than just putting food in jars though, and you also need some aluminium tape.
The guys over at MythBusters can show you this better than we ever could, so why not check it out for yourselves.
This isn’t quite cooking, but it’s is a lot more practical than cooking a lasagne. You can prove bagel dough in a dishwasher by leaving it in there for 10-15 minutes after a high temperature cycle – the warmth and humidity speeds up the process. Just make sure the cycle has finished before you put the dough in, else you’ll end up with soggy bagels.
OK, so maybe being able to cook a lasagne isn’t the only reason dishwashers are so popular in Germany and France. It’s probably because more people in Europe know that the latest models are incredibly energy efficient and don’t have to take up much space.
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*Euronics accepts no responsibility for items damaged or discoloured through dishwasher cleaning, or damage done to the dishwasher itself. Please ensure that items are dishwasher safe before washing them.