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What-Not-To-Do-Wednesday: The Spinny Thing

Believe it or not, the dishwasher made headlines in our house. Again.

“This is so frustrating,” I growled to Marnell, tossing dirty dishes out of the clean dishwasher and back into the sink.

“Maybe we should just get a new one?” he said.

“Oh, it’s fine,” I said. “There are a few clean ones, although it’s probably because I washed them before I put them in.”

I burst out laughing. Ludicrous. How is that efficient, washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher and then having them come out of the dishwasher dirty?!

I clattered on, and Marnell came across the kitchen and peered into the dishwasher.

“What are you doing?” I asked, not exactly annoyed, but clearly there was nothing to do by looking at the control panel, which we already dealt with last year.

I kept on working with the dishes at the sink, ignoring Marnell, until he spoke up again.

“You’ve got to be kidding,” he said.

“What?” I asked, interested now.

I looked down into the dishwasher.

“Been missing any containers lately?” Marnell asked.

He sounded a little pleased with himself.

There, a Tupperware half cup round container was melted onto the heating element. The heating element had melted a track into the cup, but the cup itself had stayed intact. This would all have been fine, except that the “spinny thing” (????) that swirls the water around (agitator?) was TRAPPED INSIDE THE CONTAINER which was melted fast and unmovable onto the heating element.

The “spinny thing” was NOT spinning, and had not been spinning for as long as it had been trapped in the ruined Tupperware.

“Didn’t you smell melted plastic?” Marnell asked.

I didn’t even know how to answer that. It’s good I married him, that’s all I can say, because clearly I am not functional on my own. And the dishwasher is much more functional now too!


20 thoughts on “What-Not-To-Do-Wednesday: The Spinny Thing”

  1. Thought I should check out your blog again since we’re working together on your book. In addition to my editing job, I am a Tupperware dealer on the side. Sorry, but I don’t think this scenario fits the replacement guidelines! But I might have a few snack cups on hand, if you’re short now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Shanda! I almost wrote something about Tupperwareโ€™s stingy melting rule. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have a pretty good supply of cups, thankfully. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Reminds me of a time that someone tried to fix our top loading washer with some glue. The problem was fixed, but we soon discovered the agitator was glued fast and the entire tub and agitator now moved together. The clothes went around, but they were not cleaned.

    1. Interesting! The perils of glue… Your problem is kind of the opposite of mine. My tool did NOT go around and the dishes were not cleaned ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Sounds like the week I had last week. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜•. All’s well that ends well eh? Once had a rattling sound in the van & Husband kept tapping on the dash to see if it was coming from here or there etc… Next day I drove the van & discovered a water bottle w a little bit of water in it-in the door pocket! Indeed twas the source… Too weird!

  4. Here’s what I do: Load your dishwasher, use the rinse setting to let the dishes soak (and loosen the grip of any dried food), then later start the wash cycle. If you want to add more dishes before running the “WASH” setting, just run “RINSE” again. I also make sure I have hot water coming from my tap before I start the “WASH” so the heating element doesn’t have to “BAKE” the dishes before it begins to “WASH”. NO, I am NOT an appliance repair person! Just “BEEN THERE, DONE THAT”! : )

  5. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who rinses their dishes a little before putting it in the dishwasher. Others wonder why not just go ahead and wash them while I’m at it. But don’t they understand?! THEN I’d have to dry them, and doing dishes is not something I highly enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy your what-not-to-do-Wednesday posts because it’s sure to make me laugh some way or another. (not at you though!!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. “Spinny things ” not spinning can put us in a whirl!
    Thankfully God keeps the “Spinny thing” we live on whirling without (or in spite of?!) our interference! WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!

    1. Thatโ€™s a good thought! I hope everyone reads your comment because it adds a little depth to my post ๐Ÿ˜€

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