04/23/2012 08:16 EDT | Updated 09/06/2012 04:36 EDT

Unexpected Ways To Use And Misuse Your Dishwasher (PHOTOS)

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Let's face it -- the majority of us hate washing the dishes. After a long day at work, we head home to cook dinner for ourselves and family, so the last thing we want to worry about is the stack of plates crusting over in our sink.

And while the dishwasher always comes to the rescue in such situations, have you ever wondered whether the dirty pots and pans you're stuffing in there are actually allowed to be, well, in there? And what of those unexpected things that are lying around your home that can actually be thrown in (rumour has it, you can even cook food in your dishwasher)?

Want to learn more? Here's a handy (almost) A to Z guide of the unexpected things you can and can't do with your plate-cleaning contraption.

Don't forget to tweet us at @HuffPostCaStyle about what you do with your dishwasher.

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