How to use your dishwasher to sanitize your household items
The flu recently swept through our house, and how the round of colds have hit. My husband and I have been able to avoid the colds, but I figured it's only a matter of time before our dear sweet sharing children generously share those fabulous germs with us.
Ugh.
I started spraying down my son's toys with Lysol spray each night after he went to bed, hoping it would kill off the germs. I felt like I was coating layers upon layers of chemicals on his toys, so I came up with an alternative solution:
Use your dishwasher to disinfect your things!
Some things I run through the dishwasher from time to time to kill germs are:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Binkies
  • Retainers
  • Hair brushes (once the hair has been removed)
  • Dog food/water bowls
  • Tub toys
  • Various kid and dog toys
Here's how I did it recently with my son's toys:
Before going to bed I filled the dishwasher to the brim with his toys; even the ones he hasn't played with much recently. The criteria I looked for:
  • No fabric or soft parts
  • Toys where water couldn't seep inside and ruin them (like balls that light up or toys with buttons to push)
  • No battery-operated toys
  • No wooden toys
  • No loose or removable parts
I placed small random things in the silverware holder,
Filled the bottom with the big toys, filled the top with the smaller toys,
 And put it on a gentle cycle. This is my aunt's dishwasher, each washer is a a bit different. Just make sure the heated dry is off – you don't want to melt any toys.  I added a bit of all-natural dish soap with my wash.
And that's it! When I woke up in the morning I had a whole batch of spiffy clean toys. No more cold germs in our house!
By keeping your home germ-free it saves you money by cutting back on doctor bills, medicine costs, missed work, etc. I suggest running toys or everyday items through the wash once a month or so, even if your family is seemingly healthy at the time.
What an easy way to save!
You're welcome 🙂