I was pretty jazzed that our new-to-us house had a kitchen with a Miele dishwasher. Sure it has this odd faux-wood exterior, but I was pretty stoked that this machine would get my dishes super-clean! And it does what it is supposed to do- even when my kids are lazy and don’t pre-rinse the dishes before they load them, most of the time the dishwasher cuts through the crud. (Winning!)
But sadly, our dishwasher comes with a few quirks.
For one thing- either my kids are using a heck of a lot more dishware than they used to…. or this dishwasher has a below-average storage capacity. Because even though I’m running the sucker 2-3 times a day (like after every. single. meal.), there’s always a stack of dishes left on the counter that won’t fit into the dishwasher!
Which becomes a never-ending cycle….. the dinner dishes don’t all fit, so when I am loading the dishwasher the next morning, the breakfast dishes won’t all fit… so there is always something left out on the counter.
And for some reason all the plasticware that I wash never comes out dry- even if it’s been sitting in the dishwasher overnight. I end up having to give it a little “airtime” on my kitchen counter before I can put it away. (‘Cuz it’s not like I am going to take the time to dry it by hand!)
Even the rolling drawers inside of the dishwasher are quirky…. the wheels don’t like to stay in the tracks, so if you pull too hard- the drawer flies right out of the dishwasher and onto the floor (not good when it’s fully loaded!). The little prongs that stick up are bent every which way way so it seems as if I am constantly adjusting them to get them to work with my dishes.
So I ask you my friends- when faced with a situation like this- where all of your dishes won’t fit into the dishwasher after a meal, do you take the time to wash the extras by hand? Or do you let them sit out until the next time you load the dishwasher (knowing that loading time is only just a few short hours away)? Or is this just one of those “big family problems” that you can’t relate to? (Like wondering how the hell a meal at Applebee’s just cost you $200?)
Leave me some answers/comments/laughs at my expense please!