Cleaning lovers are washing their dishcloths in the dishwasher

Some say it helps to disinfect grimy cleaning cloths

How to load the dishwasher correctly is something of a hot topic among cleaning fans. Cutlery handle up or down? To pre-rinse or not to pre-rinse? It's a minefield.

But cleaning obsessives are now putting dishcloths in there alongside their usual mugs and crockery. This care and cleaning hack is one of the more unconventional we've seen, however many cleaning lovers are raving about the trick.

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We get through an alarming number of dishcloths each week - or even each day if we've done a lot of cooking. According to cleaning groups on Facebook, putting clothes in the dishwasher is an effective way of banishing grime and germs.

There are now endless cleaning hacks online, some claiming to help you perform standard household tasks like cleaning the oven in the blink of an eye. We think we'll stick to putting ours in the washing machine as we don't like the idea of cleaning cloths mixing in with our kitchenware.

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While it might seem bonkers, some claim that it's actually much more hygienic than using the washing machine. This is due to the higher temperatures our dishwashers can reach.

Cleaning fanatics are placing the cloths on the top rack of the dishwasher. Others are even throwing washing up sponges in to be cleaned with their plates, bowls and cutlery.

Some people are saying it's a lot more effective than soaking cleaning cloths or putting them in the washing machine. There are some hardwearing scourers that can go in the dishwasher, meaning you can use them for longer, but it's not something we'd do all the time.

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We think Marigold's microfibre cloths from Amazon (opens in new tab) are among the best cleaning products for everyday cleaning. When it comes to cleaning them, we usually keep used ones in a bucket under the sink and wash them along with tea towels when the pile starts to grow.

If your dishcloths have seen better days or have been burnt, stock up on some tea towels at Amazon (opens in new tab) to help keep the kitchen clean. Would you try this cleaning hack?

Millie Hurst
Millie Hurst

Millie Hurst is Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home. She first joined the team at the start of 2021. Previously, she worked in women’s lifestyle and homes news, writing about everything from budget kitchen makeovers and gardening tips to homeware dupes and cleaning hacks. Millie can often be found looking up trending terms, spotting news stories our readers need to know about and finding ways to decorate her rented flat.