Not only is the automatic dishwasher more energy- and water-efficient than washing by hand, it's also the best way to kill germs and bacteria. So it makes sense that you can use your dishwasher to get other things clean, too. Try running your kids' toys through the dishwasher; think non-porous things like plastic building blocks, action figures (with clothing removed) and even the rubber ducky from the bathtub. And don't forget pet toys. Those toys live in your best friend's mouth, so a designated rinse in the dishwasher will get them clean and ready for the next game of tug-of-war.