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15 Surprising Things Your Dishwasher Can Cook AND Clean For You

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
August 20, 2016 · 7.4k Views

Out of all our major kitchen appliances, the dishwasher seems the most strictly designed for one specific use – to wash dishes. But did you know that you can actually cook food in your dishwasher? And I am talking serious meals like salmon and lasagna. And it’s not just for cleaning plates and bowls. In fact, you can polish up car parts and launder hats in there. 

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Cooking in your dishwasher

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You’ll want to invest in airtight cooking bags, sealed mason jars, or glass containers with screw-tight lids. Using these will save time, water, and energy, because you can cook food and wash dishes at once. Here are five foods you can make in your dishwashing.

  1. Salmon 

    Dishwasher salmon has been a cooking hack since the 1970s. But, you’ll want to follow Los Angeles chef Bob Blumer’s recipe to make your dish. Using his method, you simply put the salmon fillets in airtight packets made from tinfoil, place on the top rack of the dishwasher, and run a normal cycle. For the complete recipe and cooking step-by-step cooking instructions.
  2. Boiled Vegetables 

    If a vegetable can be boiled, it can be cooked in you dishwasher. All you need are veggies of your choice and a mason jar. Feel free to add seasonings like olive oil, and salt and pepper. Put all the ingredients in the jar, making sure the lid is on tight, place in the dishwasher and run the normal cleaning cycle. An added bonus - you can put dirty dishes in there too. Be careful opening the jar once the cycle is finished. Just like any other glass dish, it is going to be hot. Learn how you can get started with the recipe details at Food-hacks.wonderhowto.com.
  3. Lobster 

    It might not be as good as what you’ll get in Maine. But the prospect of cooking lobster tail while washing your dishes does sound appealing. Put an unfrozen, deveined lobster tail and butter in a mason jar and run the normal cycle. Now enjoy your feast of rich, buttery lobster on a sparkling clean plate. For full the recipe.
  4. Couscous 

    Your dishwasher is perfect for making fluffy couscous. Put 1 cup couscous, 1 ¾ cup vegetable or chicken stock, and 1 table spoon of lemon juice in the jar and run the normal cleaning cycle. For the full recipe.
  5. Lasagna 

    For his guest spot on Mythbusters, Alton Brown set out to see if it is really possible to cook a lasagna in the dishwasher. As expected, their experiment was very thorough and technical. But all their work pays off, because dishwasher lasagna is a success! For those who want to try it out home, here’s the full video.


Cleaning things other than dishes in your dishwasher

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Whether you live alone or are a mom to five children, the dishwasher is an important household object. But if you only use it to wash dishes, you are really missing out on the potential of this awesome machine. 

  1. Baseball caps 

    It’s summer and you are sweating. That baseball cap you’ve been wearing to block the sun could use some freshening up. Throw your cap in the washing machine and you run the risk of it getting bent out of shape. For a gentler cleaning, put it in the top rack of the dishwasher.
  2. Sports Equipment 

    Just like a baseball cap, shin guards, kneepads, gloves, etc. can get a little funky from heat and sweat. Give them a thorough wash on the top rack of your dishwasher.
  3. Car parts 

    Run exterior parts like hubcaps through the dishwasher and restore some of that brand new glow. Cleaning spilled drinks and food out of cup holders is a serious chore. Lessen your load by running them through the dishwasher instead.
  4. AC Vents 

    Cleaning the dirt and grime that collects in AC vents by hand is a major undertaking. Stick the vents in the dishwasher and they will come out looking like new.
  5. Kitchen brushes 

    Kitchen brushes accumulate food particles overtime, some of which the eye can’t even see. Run your supply through the dishwasher every so often, and sanitation will never be an issue.
  6. Bathroom Accessories 

    You want your bathroom to feel clean and fresh at all times. Don’t overlook accessories like the soap dish and toothbrush holder. Give them a run through the dishwasher to remove caked on residue.
  7. Refrigerator Shelves 

    Cleaning the fridge has never been so easy when you just throw the shelves in the dishwasher.
  8. Potatoes 

    This culinary trick is especially useful around the holidays when potato based dishes are at their peak. Instead of scrubbing your spuds, run them through the rinse and hold cycle without detergent.
  9. Shoes 

    It’s up to you as to whether or not you want to wash dirty shoes in the same place where your dishes are cleaned. But the dishwasher does a good cleaning and will not warp shoes so they fit oddly. Just make sure to turn off the heat-dry setting because it could ruin rubber soles.
  10. Window screens 

    Cleaning window screens is a laborious task homeowners know all too well. Skip the white-knuckle work and put the screens in the dishwasher.

Are you thoroughly amazed yet? I'm going to try cooking some lobster in my dishwasher tonight.. Wish me luck!


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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