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Home washing device turned dishwasher!
Thursday, February 22, 2007

So proud of myself!  I have just done 2 loads of cutlery in my home washing machine!  I bought the thing with a stainless steel tub for washing clothes & then didn't use it because of rinsing, etc.  But when I was reading all the posts about the wonder washer I wondered myself about whether there was one for dishes - as I have been looking for a small counter top dishwasher for my little apartment....

Then I thought I would try to wash the cutlery & plastic, non-breakable items in the washer - I loaded it up part way & filled with the nice hot water I have here & added some dish soap & set it for 5 minutes.  (I think I used @ 3 actually) - it has an agitator & I had to shake the tub a couple of times so that it wouldn't get stuck - But voilà! I put on a rubber glove & put the cutlery into the other plastic tub I have with a drain stopper at the bottom (left over from a cheap home washer) & filled it with cold water to drain.  And it actually WORKED!!!!

So I did 2 large loads of cutlery without the sweating I HATE from the hot water - and minimal wear & tear to my hands - Yeah!!!

For some reason my husband will do DISHES but not cutlery, SO this is an ideal solution for us!!!

 It sounds Rube Goldberg & terribly DUMB - but I love home solutions - like my little carpet sweeper, which I use more often than anything else to sweep my living room rung....What happened to the fully automated home?  Well, my wiring is circa the mid 50's when this place was built - so a jerry-rigged 50's washer is perfect for the wiring & no strain on the pumbing, either....

We have power cords all over the place for our electric cottage & the only saving grace is that we don't use everything at once - (but our old circuit breakers go off if we use the microwave and the toaster and the coffee maker at the same time!!)

Anyway - Eureka - ingenuity wins again - I can't tell you all how thrilled I am - it's total silliness - but I think you out there will understand...

 

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