Does your DH put up the clean dishes, or are the dishes in the dishwasher dirty? If you're having trouble remembering or your spouse helps only sometimes, make a small sign with your computer that has CLEAN printed on one side, & DIRTY on the other. Place some of the thin, plain refrigerator magnets you get in the office supply section of WalMart facing opposite directions at the top and bottom of the sign. Cover both sides with clear contact paper, placing them back to back and stick together.
Now everyone can see if the dishes are dirty or are clean and ready to be put up.
Husbands can learn when to put up dishes after only two or three hints - I'm a perfect example!
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Our dishwasher is smelling and looked dirty. My Aunt told me to use Tang the powder drink mix. You only use a teaspoon and run the dishwasher on normal without any dishes. It cleans the dishwasher plus leaves a orange smell. Also, if you only use a teaspoon of dishwasher liquid soap or a 1/2 of the powder when you run the dishwasher the dishes come clean without any residue. Plus save money.
As I make dinner, I put all dirty items in the dishwasher so nothing is left on the counter or in the sink as I cook. By the time dinner is ready, the kitchen is clean. After dinner, put the dirty plates & silver immediately into the dishwasher. Clean the counter & enjoy waking up to a clean kitchen.
I never leave clean dishes in the dishwasher; I run it before I leave for work and empty it when I get home. That way, I never have to wonder whether the dishes are clean or dirty. If they're in there, they're dirty.
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