Guest Writer: Ruth Morse
I have two rather brilliant ideas for you today. Brilliant may be a slight exaggeration, but anything that makes my life EASIER and COSTS NOTHING has some level of brilliance, no?
Take a look at this picture:
Anything stand out to you in this shot?
Tip #1: Store your every day coffee mug in the dishwasher.
Yup, that's my mug and it's in the dishwasher all of the time except for when it is my hot chubby hand. This has wonderful benefits: I never have to hunt for where I left it. Nobody else EVER uses it, 'cause they think it is dirty even when it is not. I don't have to make room for it in the cupboard. Neat idea, huh?
My mug d'jour is always, always in there. I do change out my mug occasionally---special one at Christmas or a fall one for autumn. But this newest much is my current fav----a gift from a granddaughter who works at Dunkin' Donuts. Do you see anything extra special about the design of this mug? Take a second look. I'll wait for you.
Did you catch it? All you terribly observant people out there might have spotted the totally unique feature of this mug. It is LEFT HANDED! Yay! I am a southpaw and I've never, in all my many many many decades of drinking coffee, encountered a left handed mug before. Usually the pretty side of the mug, the unique design, the cute saying is facing away from me. This one faces me! How exciting!
Hang on, Tip #2 is coming up. Can hardly wait, can you?
Check back to the same picture. Notice anything else unusual about the contents of the dishwasher? Yup, there's a sponge sitting there, waiting for a shower.
Tip #2. Store and Wash your sponge in the dishwasher.
I've been doing this for years and now somebody leaked my idea to the sponge manufacturers and they have started advertising this hint: wash your sponge in the dishwasher. Neat, huh?
Most of the time I like using sponges, but, let's face it, they do get grungy, grimy and downright stinky. A little ride through the dishwasher takes care of all of that. Plus the boosted hot water can disinfect the sponge, too. What's not to love about this idea?
Well, truth in advertising: it might shorten the life of your sponge. But, hey, having a clean sponge for a shorter lifespan beats smearing germs all over your counters any day of the week.
And guess what?
I keep the sponge in the dishwasher, too.
We don't have a new, remodeled kitchen with one of these jobbies:
Even if you don't have access to or opt for this flip down thingie, you have your choice of buying a gazillion kinds of sponge holders. But, hey! (Jack) Putting them in the dishwasher does not cost a thing!
Free, free, free!
It's the only way to go.