Dishwasher Tips

Washing small items like blender parts, baby bottle rings and caps, and the lids to kids’ sippy cups can be tedious. To clean them in the dishwasher, I put them in an open weave lingerie bag I reserve just for this purpose. I stretch out the bag to accommodate the number of items inside, then place it on the top rack and secure it to the prongs. This keeps the items from flying around in the dishwasher and ensures they’re properly cleaned. It even works better than the little dishwasher baskets you can buy at the store, because it holds more items. —Cindy Krainski, Bellingham, Massachusetts