Everyone remembers when they first invested in a dishwasher and the feeling of euphoria that followed.
No more arguments about whose turn it was to do the washing up, less time tidying the kitchen after cooking and a much quicker retreat into the lounge to watch EastEnders on TV.
But if you’ve only been loading up your dishwasher with dirty crockery and pots and pans, you’ve been missing out on one of the biggest appliance secrets in history.
For many households up-and-down the country their prized dishwasher has slowly become the most important multi-purpose cleaning appliance in their kitchen.
Why we hear you ask?
Well, because as well as washing away the pasta sauce on their evening dinner plates, people are now also using their beloved dishwasher to clean a host of other weird and wonderful household items like their muddy welligton boots, car hubcabs and sports equipment.
But even more strangely, some are going as far as using their dishwasher as a means of cooking. Yes, really.
Poached salmon, asparagus, cous cous and new potatoes are all foods which can apparently be steamed in the dishwasher if placed in a food vacuum bag and “washed” at a low temperature without detergent.
It seems like there are even entire cook books written on this subject, telling us the best way to rustle up a meal by turning off your oven and switching on your dishwasher instead.