Spring cleaning is underway and if you still feel like your germiest items aren't getting a thorough cleanse, throw them in the dishwasher.

And no, this doesn't apply to every item on your cleaning checklist, but many common things like flip-flops, kids' toys and bathroom accessories can all be dirt-free with a little extra heat and soap.

Some bloggers have also tried adventurous cooking projects with the dishwasher. You may have heard of cleaning dirty potatoes or poaching salmon, but according to Life Hacker, others claim hot dogs, chicken and vegetables are dishwasher-safe.

With similar functions to an oven, dishwashers have been praised for having an insulation and heating system.

But things like wooden spoons, good knives or iron skillets should never be thrown in the dishwasher. And while we don't ever recommend cooking dinners or washing clothes in them, there are some practical and fun experiments you can get away with.

15 random things you can put in your dishwasher:

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  • Toothbrush

    Since your toothbrush has an important job of keeping your chompers squeaky clean, return the favour by giving your brush a full cleansing treatment as well. Yahoo! <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/five-strange-things-clean-dishwasher-8182001.html?cat=7" target="_blank">recommends keeping the head of the brush facing outwards.</a> And a fun fact: you can also wash small bathroom accessories like soap dishes and toothbrush holders.

  • Sex Toys

    When things get really dirty, you should know you can rely on your dishwasher to get your <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com/love-sex/how-clean-your-sex-toys-based-materials" target="_blank">glass, silicone and borosilicate-glass sex toys clean,</a> according to <a href="http://www.divinecaroline.com" target="_blank">Divine Caroline.</a> Just make sure your sex toy doesn't have any electrical or battery compartments.

  • Potatoes

    If you're cooking a large meal and don't have the time (or space) to scrub dirt off all those potatoes, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5388570/use-your-dishwasher-to-clean-potatoes-for-holiday-meals" target="_blank">throw them in the dishwasher for a scrub.</a>

  • Baseball Caps

    If you've ever thrown your baseball cap into a laundry machine, you may notice it can lose its shape. To keep your hat looking brand new, place it in the top rack of your dishwasher.

  • Shoes

    Before summer hits, give your grimy flip-flops a full rinse by throwing them in the top rack of your dishwasher. Other shoes like sneakers and rain boots also work in the machine.

  • Combs

    To get rid of dust, dirt and hairspray, wash your plastic hair accessories in the dishwasher as well. Just be <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/17-items-that-can-be-washed-in-100971" target="_blank">cautious of wooden handles and small hair clips or pins. </a>

  • Garden Tools

    Again, avoid washing anything with a wooden handle. Apartment Therapy recommends using your dishwasher for any <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/17-items-that-can-be-washed-in-100971" target="_blank">tool that has come in contact with pesticides or animals.</a>

  • Dish Sponges

    Kitchen sponges spend most of the day collecting germs and if you're paranoid about hygiene, add them to the<a href="http://www.mix931online.com/pages/JT.html?article=9864192" target="_blank"> top rack of your dishwasher or in between plates.</a>

  • Toys

    <a href="http://www.homeeverafter.com/22-unexpected-things-to-wash-in-the-dishwasher/" target="_blank">Baby teethers and plastic toys</a> can also be tossed in the dishwasher for sterilization, according to Home Ever After.

  • Keyboard

    Yes, sounds a bit out of the ordinary, but again, proceed with caution. There have been <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11029793" target="_blank">both successful and failed attempts to wash keyboards in the dishwasher,</a> according to National Public Radio. Even though most keyboard manufacturers don't recommend going to this extreme, several bloggers have tried it — and it worked.

  • Salmon

    There have been some claims about cooking salmon in the dishwasher (or should we say fish-washer) as well. Because of temperature settings on most dishwashers, you're <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/7779050/Salmon-is-party-perfect-if-you-serve-it-whole.html" target="_blank">unlikely to overcook or dry out your fish,</a> according to The Telegraph. Instead, your fish is slow-cooked.

  • Lunch Bags And Boxes

    Instead of putting your reusable lunch bag in the laundry or washing your lunch box in the sink, give it a thorough rinse in the dishwasher.

  • Pet Toys

    You can also add pet toys to the list of dishwasher-friendly items. Unless labelled otherwise, most pet toys are dishwasher safe.

  • Outlet Cover

    If you want to clean a dusty outlet cover, add it to the top rack of your dishwasher. And before you place it back on the wall, give it a few hours to fully dry.

  • Jewelry

    You probably don't want to throw your diamond jewelry inside your coffee mug, but there are some products designed to carry small <a href="http://www.random-good-stuff.com/2010/04/28/clean-your-blings-in-the-dishwasher-what/" target="_blank">pieces of jewelry in the washer</a> to give them a steaming cleanse.

Toothbrush:
Since your toothbrush has an important job of keeping your chompers squeaky clean, return the favour by giving your brush a full cleansing treatment as well. Yahoo! recommends keeping the head of the brush facing outwards. And a fun fact: you can also wash small bathroom accessories like soap dishes and toothbrush holders.

Sex Toys:
When things get really dirty, you should know you can rely on your dishwasher to get your glass, silicone and borosilicate-glass sex toys clean, according to Divine Caroline. Just make sure your sex toy doesn't have any electrical or battery compartments.

Potatoes:
If you're cooking a large meal and don't have the time (or space) to scrub dirt off all those potatoes, throw them in the dishwasher for a scrub.

Baseball Caps:
If you've ever thrown your baseball cap into a laundry machine, you may notice it can lose its shape. To keep your hat looking brand new, place it in the top rack of your dishwasher.

Shoes:
Before summer hits, give your grimy flip-flops a full rinse by throwing them in the top rack of your dishwasher. Other shoes like sneakers and rain boots also work in the machine.

Combs:
To get rid of dust, dirt and hairspray, wash your plastic hair accessories in the dishwasher as well. Just be cautious of wooden handles and small hair clips or pins.

Garden Tools:
Again, avoid washing anything with a wooden handle. Apartment Therapy recommends using your dishwasher for any tool that has come in contact with pesticides or animals.

Dish Sponges:
Kitchen sponges spend most of the day collecting germs and if you're paranoid about hygiene, add them to the top rack of your dishwasher or in between plates.

Toys:
Baby teethers and plastic toys can also be tossed in the dishwasher for sterilization, according to Home Ever After.

Keyboard:
Yes, sounds a bit out of the ordinary, but again, proceed with caution. There have been both successful and failed attempts to wash keyboards in the dishwasher, according to National Public Radio. Even though most keyboard manufacturers don't recommend going to this extreme, several bloggers have tried it — and it worked.

Salmon:
There have been some claims about cooking salmon in the dishwasher (or should we say fish-washer) as well. Because of temperature settings on most dishwashers, you're unlikely to overcook or dry out your fish, according to The Telegraph. Instead, your fish is slow-cooked.

Lunch Bags And Boxes:
Instead of putting your reusable lunch bag in the laundry or washing your lunch box in the sink, give it a thorough rinse in the dishwasher.

Pet Toys:
You can also add pet toys to the list of dishwasher-friendly items. Unless labelled otherwise, most pet toys are dishwasher safe.

Outlet Cover:
If you want to clean a dusty outlet cover, add it to the top rack of your dishwasher. And before you place it back on the wall, give it a few hours to fully dry.

Jewelry:
You probably don't want to throw your diamond jewelry inside your coffee mug, but there are some products designed to carry small pieces of jewelry in the washer to give them a steaming cleanse.

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