Maybe the dishwasher isn't versatile, after all

  • Article by: ALEXIA ELEJALDE-RUIZ , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2010 - 3:00 PM

Urban legends that the appliance can do everything from laundering undies to cooking dinner vanish in the rinse cycle.

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sheepyNov. 14, 10 3:10 PM

Sometimes they are the only things in the load. I never used my dishwasher at all, then tried to use it and it had rusted from lack of use. Now since I've been told to run it at least once a week, I run a load of sponges. It keeps them clean and I don't need to replace them as often.

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brokenglassNov. 14, 10 8:10 PM

with the jockstrap potatoes.

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Gloria1985Nov. 14, 10 9:31 PM

But I wouldn't be able to tolerate using a dishwasher if I knew it had once held a pair of dirty skivvies. Or a hairbrush. Maybe I'm too sensitive, but yuck!

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tomjohnsonjuNov. 14, 10 9:45 PM

You'd think this would be key info in the article, no?? What's the make, model & year of the dishwasher???????? There is a HUGE difference between brands, in almost every way (cleaning ability, drying ability, water temp, water usage, etc., etc.). Without this info, this is an absolutely useless article.

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getacluemanNov. 14, 1010:13 PM

I need to get a new dishwasher. Anyone have any advise as to which ones are good these days? I want one that washes and esp. DRIES well.....dishes that is....... not undies! :D

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BrewmanNov. 15, 10 7:03 AM

do something doesn't mean that you should. Cooking in the dishwasher? WHY? That's what ovens are for. No dishwasher is going to cook better than an oven. At best you'll probably consume more energy. You can use Microsoft Excel to create memo's and letters, but why when you also have Word? You can use butter knives as a screwdriver, but again, not the best use of things.

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litninNov. 15, 10 7:57 AM

Here's actually an excellent use for a dishwasher...my wife just did it again last week after making a large batch of Barbecue sauce. Rather than use a pressure cooker etc. for canning...we place them in the dishwasher 9with lids on tight) and run the "quick wash" cycle. Remove the jars...let sit out and you'll start to hear the "popping" sound in about 15 minutes as the jars seal themselves airtight.

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themagiconeNov. 15, 10 8:10 AM

I can say I've done that before. It works great on older keyboards without all the gadgets most have on them today. Most important thing is take them out before the drying cycle and let dry for 2-3 days before plugging them back in.

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thuschkaNov. 15, 10 8:30 AM

Really Litnin? Just getting the jars to seal is only half of the canning process. You need to make sure you get the water temperature up high enough to kill all of the bacteria as well. You are asking to get sick.

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jablumpkinNov. 15, 10 8:47 AM

the potatos in your socks, I bet you would have had better results. I use my dishwasher to balance my checking acct and working on teaching it to take my dog on walks.

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