Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Installment #3: Bubbles = Clean. Always.

This next method of shortcut "cleaning" could be used in various situations.
  • People are coming over in five minutes and you have a pile of dirty dishes on the counter.
  • Your dishwasher is full of dirty dishes & you don't feel like washing the rest by hand/don't believe in hand-washing (like me).
  • Your dishwasher is full of clean dishes & you don't feel like emptying it to put in the new dirty ones.
  • Your dishwasher is completely empty & you don't feel like loading it.
  • You're a fan of "soaking stuff" (that is Gty's fave way to do dishes...soaking).
  • You're trying to get away with doing as little as possible in the dishes department.
So, here's the technique.

1) Fill one side of your sink with hot soapy water like this:

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2) Proceed to fill it with dirty dishes (due to any of the situations listed above). Do you see how "clean" it looks there? One would never suspect that beneath the clean looking bubbles is a couple meals worth of plates & bowls & sippy cups. If you fill it just right, the bubbles almost look like an extension of the counter top, creating a nice flat surface.

3) When you muster the strength, go ahead and load the dishes into the dishwasher. Bonus: No rinsing required now.

Question: But what if I wake up in the morning and STILL don't feel like doing the dishes? (see dramatic recreation below)

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Answer: I'm so glad you asked! As you can see, by morning, all the bubbles are gone revealing the atrocity lurking below the surface. All you need to do is simply run the water again to create more bubbles!! (note: depending on how many times you do this, you may need to add more soap). When it comes to dishes, out of sight, out of mind is what I always say.

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This will then free up many, many hours to do what you really SHOULD be doing anyway....

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16 comments:

Jenny said...

I love your Domesticity for Dummies series. Very funny. And educational! :)

Memzy said...

I've called HGTV and they will be contacting you soon on your new TV series. Just make sure that Gty is around to keep taking pics of your dramatic recreations. Cuz that's just comedy.

sarastrasser said...

Flank you for the great tip. I will definitely use it. Would it be okay to fill both sides of the sink with dirty dishes and soap??

Another great tip is if your dog pees all over the floor, just lay a decorative towel over it, spray it with febreeze, and no one will ever be the wiser!

Landee said...

Oh, Gty doesn't need to be here...embarassingly enough, that was all done with a self-timer & a tripod. I have exactly zero shame.

Landee said...

And Sarast, Both sides would be fine but then I think it becomes a little bit too obvious what you're trying to do. BUT, if you're reeeeeallly not wanting to deal with the dishes yet & the one side is already full, then yes, absolutely go #2.

Markie23 said...

The oven is a great place to hide dirty pots and pans.

Amy Thurston said...

I have one GIANT sink and one little sink, so this will work great for me!

Cristin said...

::running to the kitchen to fill my sink with bubbles:: THANKS!

ajesplin said...

Now THIS is brilliant! If company shows up when I have dishes all over my counter, I usually go into a long detailed excuse about being sick, and start coughing.

PS I didn't get the memo about switching our profile pic's to mini-mes, but I'm on top of it.

Landee said...

I so knew you would be AJ.

Memzy said...

Crap, now i've gotta go get my childhood scrapbook out and scan in a pic of myself.

Cristin said...

well crapity crap crap...I don't have a scanner to scan my mini me picture in. ::calling LM to stop and get me a scanner::

quesetescapa said...

You have had three installments since I had time to comment- but all three very funny and I have been using the soak dishes method since I got back from your house. Very effective btw. Can you do one on how to keep guests' suitcases out of the living room?

Landee said...

Uh, no. That's the "Get A Backbone" technique that I've never attempted. Sorry.

Erin Beck said...

Dude..just go to taco bell problemo solved...no dishes,no having to take pics...nothing to blog about blah blah blah

Memzy said...

That's an idea worth persuing^^