July 19, 2006


With all the goings'-on in my house, sometimes I don't unload the dishwasher for a day or so (shocker, I know!). There just isn't time. And, depending on what we're doing, sometimes it takes a couple of days to create a full load of dishes to wash.

Inevitably, my husband or my daughter would put a dirty glass in with the CLEAN dishes (UGH!), or think a DIRTY glass was clean and use it (EEWW!) Then I read this tip somewhere (I think Fly Lady), and it's really worked.

The minute all of the clean dishes are unloaded, I put a dish tab in the washer. This signals that any dishes inside HAVEN'T been washed yet. If the detergent compartment is open, we know the cycle has already run & we have clean dishes.

It works for me! If you want other great WFMW tips, visit Shannon's website. She's made it easier for us to flip thru all the wonderful ideas!


Susanne said...

Great idea! This is so good when the kids start to do the dishes as part of their chores!

Shalee said...

Great tip. And I agree with Susanne; this is something to start with the kids now that they take care of the dishes.

Glass Half Full said...

Communication - a good thing!!!

Overwhelmed! said...

We have this same problem! I'm going to give this a try.

I've posted a WFMW tip as well. Stop by and take a peek. :)

Mama Duck said...

Ah, great idea, I'll have to use that when my little guy stops flipping the dishwasher on and off and all that, what fun a toddler is, eh?

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Can you tell me what you mean by "dish tab"? I think the idea is great if I can figure that part out. We do this too often. Sometimes i have to rerun them all.