Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lots of Bubbles

So remember how in movies some idiot always uses dish soap, or laundry detergent, in the dishwasher which just makes a ton of bubbles and pretty soon they are flowing out of the machine? You know, and then a caper ensues?

Well, let me tell you, I've never been that stupid.

Then again, let me also tell you that trying run a cycle to clean the dishwasher with 10 squirts of Tilex and bleach where my soap should go yields the same result: a dishwasher, overflowing with bubbles and hot water. Me, on the floor, at 2:30 in the morning trying to figure it all out before my husband (who may even be less handy than I am) wakes up at 6:30 to get to his Sunday duties. I briefly consider bailing out the dishwater one Tupperware at a time. Instead I go with denial: it's not really broken, it's just emoting...

Could someone explain to me why I thought it was a good idea to not just do the dishes at 1:00 am but actually get in there and attempt my own dishwasher repair? Clearly my form of liquid courage is Diet Coke.

*camera problems, outfits resume tomorrow


sarah k. said...

Maybe Diet Coke would have worked. Did you try that in the dishwasher?

I don't actually now how to clean a dishwasher. Maybe it's time to do a little research.

jeri said...

Once we ran out of dish soap so I filled both soap-containers with liquid Dawn and turned in on (in my defense, I was 12). When the bubbles started pouring out my sister tied towels to her feet and scooted around the kitchen, mopping them up. It sounded like the perfect plan/solution/caper except that once the floor dried it was so sticky that it pulled your socks off. Mom was not pleased when she came home.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Oh, dear.

I love that it was "emoting."

My sister tried to help out one time when she was younger and put a lot of concentrated dish soap into the dishwasher. It was right after we had moved into a brand new house with shiny wood floors.

Funny enough, I can't remember how it all got cleaned up--but I do remember coming home from wherever we were and seeing the foam all over the place.

I'll remember this for future reference. :)

bonz said...

Liquid courage?

Oh, how I love you.

Jenny said...

Wow. You are kind of awesome.

the MomBabe said...

You can't do the dishes at 1 am because then you'd have to do the dishes. Gah.

Azúcar said...
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Azúcar said...

I'll do your dishes if you'll do my laundry. Deal?

Azúcar said...

Oh, and Sarah, the reason I had to clean/repair is that it stank. I mean STANK.

Turns out there might have been an algae bloom in the bottom. I found a bunch of mildew too. AWESOME. No wonder it smelled like something died.

It's clean now and no longer stinks, although I do think that something is caught further down the drain line. I haven't had enough coke yet to actually attempt clearing the drain line.

Maybe I'll buy a six pack and try tonight.

Hannah said...

My husband just put dish soap in the dishwasher 2 days ago...I about died.

Hope you keep coming to cooking club!

mojo said...

Well, I was actually stupid enough to put Dawn in the dishwasher my freshman year of college. This is after working as a server in a restaurant for three years prior college and pulling prank after prank on the dishwasher by putting Dawn in the dishwasher. Let's just say I was a little excited to be living on my own

Azúcar said...

So you pranked yourself?

Sounds like something Lisha would do.

The Bakers said...

Two words:

Lemi-Shine from Wal-mart. Comes in a little yellow and green bottle. Pour it into the main compartment once a week. No need for Tilex and Bleach.