There’s an old saying that goes “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”
Truer words were never spoken.
Because I’ve been missing something for a few weeks… my dishwasher.
We’ve been without a dishwasher in our house for about a month now.
The old one that was here when we moved in died last month.
Its replacement was installed incorrectly… leading to a flood in our house… and we haven’t been able to get it fixed.
My hands are so dry from hand washing dishes, they’ve developed cracks.
I didn’t have a dishwasher growing up.
But once I had one, I knew I never wanted to go back.
Because over the years I’ve learned that a dishwasher is so much more than a dish washer. I bet it’s more multi-purpose than you realize.
Did you know you could rinse off your haul from your local farmer’s market in the dishwasher?
Instead of washing each individual item by hand, you load up the trays of the dishwasher with your fresh fruits and vegetables and run a cold-water cycle without soap.
(Just be sure to put the more delicate items like berries and tomatoes on the top rack to avoid them being crushed by the spinning arms.)
When my kids were younger, and the house was full of toys, we’d use the dishwasher to sanitize all the building blocks and Legos.
We’d just throw them in with a regular dishwashing cycle.
This works for any hard or plastic toys, but not anything with fabric.
Dirty, sticky vents? Gross light fixtures?
Rather than washing them individually by hand, you can stick those dingy items in the dishwasher for a good rinse with a gentle cycle.
Just don’t throw any antiques or valuables in there… or anything with thin glass, as the water pressure and spray arms could damage delicate items.
If you come in the house with muddy boots… from a walk in the rain or some hours in the garden… those too can be thrown in the dishwasher for a rinse.
This works for rubber shoes… like flip-flops, rain boots, and water shoes… and canvas sneakers with rubber soles, but not leather shoes.
Tuck laces into the shoes to prevent them from getting caught on the spinning arms… and don’t forget to remove liners or orthopedic inserts before washing.
Run the dishwasher without the dry cycle, and let the shoes air dry, to prevent any shoe damage.
Most people know that they need to sanitize their sponges.
And, the microwave is usually the go-to method for cleaning them.
But if you have space in your dishwasher, you can throw your sponges in there before it’s run.
I like to put them in the silverware basket so they don’t bounce around during the cycle.
I’m supposed to have a working dishwasher later this week and I can’t wait.
The dishes are starting to pile up again… and my shoes could use a good wash, too.