10 Things equestrians can clean in a dishwasher


10 Things equestrians can clean in a dishwasher

Owning horses is a tough gig. Riding, grooming, lessons, competitions and so on requires loads of time and energy. Not to mention, the endless list of horsey things that need cleaning. Horses are not clean creatures by nature and if you own one (or several) you’re going to spend a sizeable portion of your life cleaning things. Make your life simpler by tossing some horsey items in the dishwasher to give them a thorough cleaning and restore them to nearly new condition. Here are ten items that you can wash in your dishwasher:

1) Hats: Get rid of the icky sweat marks and grime from your favourite baseball caps by throwing them in the dishwasher. Some people use washing machines, but they tend to damage the shape of many caps whereas the dishwasher will not.

2) Bits: Your horse’s bits will look brand spanking new after going through a dishwasher cycle.

3) C4 belt straps: Restore your C4 belt strap to its full glory by placing it in the top rack of your dishwasher.

4) Horse brushes: The dishwasher is perfect for sanitizing and deep cleaning synthetic horse brushes. However, make sure if you have any natural fibre brushes or ones with leather straps that you take the time to wash them by hand.

5) Nylon halters: Nothing gets a nylon halter cleaner than the dishwasher! Plus unlike if you use the washing machine, halters will not bang around and make enough noise to drive everyone in the house insane.

6) Dog and horse toys: Freshen up your dogs’ and horses’ rubber and plastic toys by treating them to a dishwashing cycle.

7) Sponges: Dirty tack cleaning sponges and horse bathing sponges should be cleaned to remove the gross bacteria from them and the dishwasher is the perfect way to do so.

8) Human shoes: Traipsing around the barn will get your shoes pretty filthy. Any of your shoes that are safe to get washed can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Again, the dishwasher is a better place for them than the washing machine because they won’t bang around.

9) Stirrups: If you have good old fashioned metal stirrups that you want gleaming, put them in the dishwasher.

10) Feed buckets: Give your horse’s feed buckets a proper cleaning by putting them in the dishwasher. It will remove that scum that is hard to get off by hand. The only downside to this, is obviously you can only fitted a limited amount of buckets in per load.


Disclaimer: I’m not responsible if your significant other, roommates or family members are unimpressed by you using the dishwasher for horsey things. And remember to remove as much horsehair and mud as you can from all the items listed above before tossing them in the dishwasher. The dishwasher is meant to give these things a deep cleaning that is very laborsome to do by hand, not take all the work out of your job.

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