This is a great magnet for your dishwasher if you don't have a gremlin who loves to collect magnets, run around the house and accidentally leave them hiding in obscure places like under your pillow (consequently also leaving crumbs in your bed).
If your dishwasher has a plastic door panel ----> put it on your fridge.
If your dishwasher is plastic and your fridge is too far away ----> just look for the clean or dirty dish clues.
All the dishes are shiny and the door is clean.
If you're a bit fanatical, like myself, and rinse all your dishes, tell yourself and your family you are doing them a favor by checking the door.
It is so gross to find out you've just put away all the dishes and they were dirty. I know how to look for the clues. But I'm not sure if Danny does. or the kids-- not that any of them are prone to just start putting away clean dishes. They are likely to reach in and grab a spoon for a cup of applesauce or yogurt though. Danny brought to my attention that this sounds like he's not prone to putting away dishes-- which is absolutely not the case. I meant that I'm not sure he knows about the clues of the dirty door. And I was referring to the kids not putting away dishes.
So what do I do? I purposely drip orange juice, cranberry juice, chocolate milk, what have you, on the inside of the dishwasher door while I'm loading dishes. So, despite the rinsed dishes, you will find a speckled door if they're dirty. And that works for me!
Go to Kristin's site to see what works for other people. This post is also linked with Tuesday's Tips at Couponic Stimulus Package.
Here are a handful of my previous WFMW posts that still get hits (according to Stat Counter):