Do you get tired of answering the question “Is the dishwasher clean or dirty?”, or do you find yourself yelling “It’s clean!” when somebody starts putting their dirty utensils in the unloaded dishwasher, at which point the person has to identify and fish out that dirty fork from the clean utensils basket?
I can’t be the only person who finds these scenarios annoying. So I googled “dishwasher clean/dirty sign”, which turned out 218 000 hits! How about this one? Too creative?
Inspired by the abundant creative solutions to this apparently wide spread problem, I decided to put an end to it right there on the spot.
Ok, tutorial time! Are you ready? Here it goes:
How to make a “dishwasher clean/dirty sign”:
1. Grab a magnet.
2. Stick a letter “C” (for “clean”) on it.
End of tutorial.
Seriously, this is one of those solutions that seem too simple to share. But it saved me so much frustration that I couldn’t keep it secret. A magnet and letter stickers can be found in any craft store, as well as Walmart and Target. Easy and cheap!
Normally, you would put your magnet on your dishwasher door. However, if your dishwasher door is not magnetic, or if you have little kids in the house, you can’t do that. In that case you can put it on any magnetic surface in the proximity of the dishwasher: toaster, stand mixer, knife block brand plate, cooking utensils holder. I put it on the forks holder (read about my silverware organization here).
To use your “C” button, make sure it is in the normal position when you start the dishwasher. Turn the “C” upside down right after the dishwasher is unloaded.
Our kids are really good about taking care of their dishes, as well as unloading the dishwasher. I like to help them make their job easier and eliminate any confusion. Who wants to be that “It’s clean!!” yelling mom? Not this mother!
Do you have simple solutions to annoying problems? I’d love to borrow them!
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