One of my children’s everday chore is to empty the dishwasher when the cleaning cycle is finished. This child doesn’t always notice (or so I think) and so often I get asked by someone if the dishes are clean or dirty, especially if  one of us has opened the dishwasher, and the finished light is turned off.

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

I’ve seen magnets before with “dirty” or “clean” on them, but have never purchased them. So to help my household stay on top of the condition of the dishes, I decided to make some magnets of my own. The nice part of this little craft, was that I already had everything on hand that I needed, so basically they were free. Right!?

Here’s how I made them:

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

I drew a tea cup shape on a piece of paper for a pattern,
and then found some thick cardboard to use as my base.

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

I cut some pretty scrapbook paper to cover the cardboard with, and then modpodged it on.

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

Then I used some sticky letters to make my words, and modpodged again over the top.

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking
I attached some magnets to the backs, and they were ready to go.

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

and…

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

Now it will be plain to all whether the dishes are clean or dirty, or if the dishwasher needs emptying. I can keep the magnets in a drawer by the dishwasher or on the refrigerator.

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

Not fancy, but it works!

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher Magnets, Dishwasher Magnets, Joyful Homemaking

6 Comments

  1. Oh I love this. …This is cute. I don’t have any kids but I do have a 56 yr old kid. I should make these for him..Im tired of him asking if the dishes are clean or dirty.. In my mind Im thinking, can’t you open the door and look? LOL!!..

    Margo, are you getting hit with a lot of spam on your blog at all? I just put up a post on mine because I am getting hit left and right.. Thanks so much 🙂
    Robyn

  2. Love this idea! Also, I am curious about your answer to Robin’s question above about spam. I have just started a blog and am feeling so discouraged at the high amount of spam comments everyday. Do you have any suggestions? I am on wordpress. Thanks, Margo! Blessing, Liz in PA

  3. This is such a great idea. We always play the “is it dirty game?” by trying to examine the water on the tops of the cups. 🙂 I’d love for you to share this at my link party “Organize My Life” that opens every Monday night. Stop on by http://maryorganizes.com! Have a great day!

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