De-germ your house with your dishwasher

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.
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 🙂


  1. You can also put Legos in the dishwasher if you put them in net bags, we do a lego program at my library and after each time the legos get sanitized in the dishwasher.


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