A confession: I have plastic bricks in my landscaping. The plastic bricks have a cunning interlocking connection system that real bricks do not have. Real bricks have mortar, but I do not have a hot mortar gun to connect them.
Well, after our hot summer the fake bricks have stayed straight, but have given up on being level. I have one set buried under a groundhog mound and other jutting toward heaven. So the plastic bricks were dug out of the mud and brought back into the garage. To be fixed. Eventually. (Baby steps. See below.)
I intended to wash them, connect them, then bolster them with some scrap straight siding trim glued on the bottom and dug into the dirt.
Step 1: Wash them. I washed a few faux bricks off with the hose, then I got hot and tired, then threw everything into a box and stuck it in the garage again.
Step 2: Bring the box of dirty "bricks" in to the house.
Step 3: Consider washing the bricks in the sink, but I can hear Gary's voice like a conscience, if a conscience could bellow, "DIRT! DIRT IN THE SINK! UNSANITARY!"
Step 4: Consider washing the bricks in the tub, but that would mean washing the tub after.
Step 5: Genius! Wash the bricks in the dishwasher. I rushed them through a cycle so they'd get done before Gary came home and found I had brought dirt close to the sink.
Step 6: BECOME FILLED WITH OVERWHELMING GARY-GUILT. Cannot keep secrets from Gary.
Step 7: Wash a load of bricks in the clothes washer. Do not put them in the dryer.
So, now the dishwasher bricks are sitting next to the washing machine bricks, and even though I did not use the heat dry cycle, the dishwasher bricks are considerably brighter. I assume this is from the Jet Dry goo on the dish detergent gel tab.
Still, Gary wouldn't like it, so the remaining dirty bricks are headed for the washing machine. No fabric softener needed.