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Photo: Ruslan Lytvyn (Shutterstock) Did you know you could use dishwasher tablets in way more places than just your dishwasher? Turns out, we’ve all been sleeping on the lesser known uses of these compact cleaning agents. Since they’re designed with bleach and enzymes to remove stains, combat hard water, and eat through grease, those little pods can pack a mighty cleaning punch in areas of your home beyond just the dishwasher. Where to use dishwasher tablets outside the dishwasher De-funk your trash can: If your kitchen (or outdoor) trash can is smelling funky or looking crusty, give it a dishwasher tablet “bath.” Fill it with a few kettles of boiling water, drop a tablet in and let it soak for an hour before lightly scrubbing (if necessary) and rinsing. Wash the washing machine: It’s counterintuitive, but washing machines actually need to be cleaned. Drop two to four dishwasher pods in the drum and run a hot water cycle to combat the mold, bacteria, mildew, and general black gunk that builds up in its grooves over time. (If you don’t want to waste water, toss in a load of rags, sheets, or other whites you’d like to brighten.) Clean the toilet bowl: You can skip the fumes from most toilet-cleaning powders by just dropping a dishwasher tablet in the bowl, waiting for it to dissolve, then scrubbing and flushing as usual. Lift oil stains: If unsightly gas or oil stains are blighting your garage or driveway, try lifting them with […]