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  1. #1
    Heather Mills Guest

    Default Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".

    It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    magnetized rubber material.

    Does anyone know where I can find one?



    I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/


    I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:

    http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html


    They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    can be printed on both sides for $7.52:

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq

    If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    make my own! ;-)

  2. #2
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Jan 27, 2:26*pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > magnetized rubber material.
    >
    > Does anyone know where I can find one?
    >
    > I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/
    >
    > I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    > can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:
    >
    > http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html
    >
    > They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    > can be printed on both sides for $7.52:
    >
    > http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq
    >
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    Can't you just open the washer and see if the dishes are clean or not?

  3. #3
    Jason Tinling Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Jan 27, 2:26*pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > magnetized rubber material.
    >
    > Does anyone know where I can find one?
    >
    > I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/
    >
    > I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    > can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:
    >
    > http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html
    >
    > They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    > can be printed on both sides for $7.52:
    >
    > http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq
    >
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    The only reversible one that a quick Google Products search found was
    from magnets.com, and since they do marketing magnets, minimum order
    was 500 :-)

    This one's rubber, but is a rotate style, not a flip style.
    http://www.kitchenworksinc.com/itemD...N/DIRTY-MAGNET

    Looks like craft time at casa de Mills.

  4. #4
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Jan 27, 2:26*pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    Do you have a large family?
    Can they not see whether the dishes are clean or dirty by looking in
    the dishwasher?.......well, maybe if you are one of those people who
    washes the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher maybe
    not......

    I just empty the dishwasher really soon after I run it so the only
    thing in it till run time are dirty dishes. It's just easier that
    way.

    If you don't empty the dishwasher right away you will always have that
    problem.


  5. #5
    Bob F Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    Heather Mills wrote:
    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > magnetized rubber material.
    >
    > Does anyone know where I can find one?


    Take one of those flexible magnetic ads that come in the mail/phonebook. Stick
    some label material on each time and use a marker to label it.



  6. #6
    DA Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    responding to
    http://www.homeownershub.com/mainten...ty-617719-.htm
    DA wrote:
    Chemo the Clown wrote:


    > Can\'t you just open the washer and see if the dishes are clean or not?


    True. Definitely true for dishes but may not be so apparent for cups or
    wine glasses. My dishwasher has a little container for detergent which has
    a cover that opens to let it out. It can open but never close by itself. I
    load detergent the first thing before anything else, so if I open the
    washer and the cover is closed, it means it\'s still dirty. Indeed, you
    still need to open it but you don\'t have to scrutinize the actual load
    for cleanliness.

    If I had a reversible sticker, I\'m guaranteed to forget to flip it when
    needed. The detergent cover is a better indicator for me. Granted, I only
    have to look at it a couple of times a year, mostly when someone else
    loaded it for me, which is rare.

    -------------------------------------
    /\\_/\\
    ((@v@)) NIGHT
    ()::) OWL
    VV-VV




  7. #7
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:26:59 -0800, Heather Mills wrote:

    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it.


    It's probably still on the dish washer... in the old place.

    I remember looking around my last, empty house right at the end of the
    move. Taking one last look at the empty house and thinking, "Well, I
    guess that's everything".

    Except all the pictures were still hanging on the walls. Duh!

    My way of tell if the DW is clean or not is to empty it out as soon as
    the level is disengaged. Then there's no wondering. Of course you
    still have the option of leaving the lever engaged if you don't want
    to do it right then and there.

    -sw

  8. #8
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)


    ImStillMags <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Jan 27, 2:26 pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    >> make my own! ;-)

    >
    > Do you have a large family?
    > Can they not see whether the dishes are clean or dirty by looking in
    > the dishwasher?.......well, maybe if you are one of those people who
    > washes the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher maybe
    > not......
    >
    > I just empty the dishwasher really soon after I run it so the only
    > thing in it till run time are dirty dishes. It's just easier that
    > way.
    >
    > If you don't empty the dishwasher right away you will always have that
    > problem.



    There is always a tiny bit of water pooled in some upside down items in the
    top shelf like coffee cups. And then there's the fact that the dirty dishes
    are... gasp... dirty! (I'm not a fastidious rinser.)

    MartyB


  9. #9
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Heather Mills <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > magnetized rubber material.
    >
    > Does anyone know where I can find one?
    >
    >
    >
    > I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/
    >
    >
    > I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    > can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:
    >
    > http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html
    >
    >
    > They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    > can be printed on both sides for $7.52:
    >
    > http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq
    >
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    Allow me to save you a coupla bucks: If the door to the dishwasher is
    latched/locked, it means the contents of the dishwasher are either in
    the process of being washed or they are clean. If the door is merely
    closed but not latched or locked, it means the contents are not clean.
    Simple enough.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller

  10. #10
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Jan 27, 3:21*pm, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    wrote:
    > In article <k2e3k6l7shahp5k4efk4ou4ppaa8n7j...@4ax.com>,
    > *Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".

    >
    > > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > > magnetized rubber material.

    >
    > > Does anyone know where I can find one?

    >
    > > I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:

    >
    > >http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/

    >
    > > I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    > > can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:

    >
    > >http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html

    >
    > > They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    > > can be printed on both sides for $7.52:

    >
    > >http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq

    >
    > > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > > make my own! ;-)

    >
    > Allow me to save you a coupla bucks: If the door to the dishwasher is
    > latched/locked, it means the contents of the dishwasher are either in
    > the process of being washed or they are clean. *If the door is merely
    > closed but not latched or locked, it means the contents are not clean. *
    > Simple enough.


    For some people.....

  11. #11
    Prof Wonmug Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:04:02 -0600, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:26:59 -0800, Heather Mills wrote:
    >
    >> Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    >> of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    >> I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    >> flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    >> the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    >> clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >>
    >> It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it.

    >
    >It's probably still on the dish washer... in the old place.


    You're probably right, but what's the statute or limitations of
    property contents? ;-)

  12. #12
    Arthur Shapiro Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    In article <[email protected]>, Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Allow me to save you a coupla bucks: If the door to the dishwasher is
    >latched/locked, it means the contents of the dishwasher are either in
    >the process of being washed or they are clean. If the door is merely
    >closed but not latched or locked, it means the contents are not clean.


    Not for those of us who open the door after the washing/rinsing is complete
    to air-dry the load.

    I've never run a hot dry cycle - seems a preposterous waste of energy. I
    also need to invert glasses with concave bottoms and things like lipped pot
    lids that collect water and thus can't fully dry without assistance, which of
    course requires the door to be opened.

    Art

  13. #13
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:21:57 -0600, Melba's Jammin' wrote:

    > Allow me to save you a coupla bucks: If the door to the dishwasher is
    > latched/locked, it means the contents of the dishwasher are either in
    > the process of being washed or they are clean. If the door is merely
    > closed but not latched or locked, it means the contents are not clean.
    > Simple enough.


    Finally, somebody with some brains and sense of logic speaks up! Too
    bad I already beat you to it :-P

    But it did occur to me that some newer dishwashers may have a
    automatic latch mechanism - similar to my gas oven's self-cleaning
    latch. It's all handled transparently to me.

    -sw

  14. #14
    willshak Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    Heather Mills wrote the following:
    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > magnetized rubber material.
    >
    > Does anyone know where I can find one?
    >
    >
    >
    > I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/
    >
    >
    > I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    > can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:
    >
    > http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html
    >
    >
    > They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    > can be printed on both sides for $7.52:
    >
    > http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq
    >
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)
    >


    I don't know about the magnets, but I usually find that the inside of
    the door is dirty when the dishes are dirty, and clean when the dishes
    are clean.
    When loading dirty dishes in the washer, drop some scrapings or coffee
    spills on the door's inside.
    When you open the door next time, if the door is still dirty, so are the
    dishes, and vice versa.
    Actually, I believe homes should have two dishwashers. One for dirty and
    one for clean, which change places pretty regularly.
    ..

    --

    Bill
    In Hamptonburgh, NY
    In the original Orange County. Est. 1683
    To email, remove the double zeroes after @

  15. #15
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)


    "ImStillMags" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Jan 27, 2:26 pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    Do you have a large family?
    Can they not see whether the dishes are clean or dirty by looking in
    the dishwasher?.......well, maybe if you are one of those people who
    washes the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher maybe
    not......

    I just empty the dishwasher really soon after I run it so the only
    thing in it till run time are dirty dishes. It's just easier that
    way.

    If you don't empty the dishwasher right away you will always have that
    problem.

    ---

    That one really gets me. My parents actually do wash their dishes before
    they put them in. I just take off the obvious chunks of food. My dishes
    come out clean.



  16. #16
    Ralph Mowery Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)


    "ImStillMags" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Jan 27, 2:26 pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    >Do you have a large family?
    >Can they not see whether the dishes are clean or dirty by looking in
    >the dishwasher?.......well, maybe if you are one of those people who
    >washes the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher maybe
    >not......


    >I just empty the dishwasher really soon after I run it so the only
    >thing in it till run time are dirty dishes. It's just easier that
    >way.


    >If you don't empty the dishwasher right away you will always have that
    >problem.


    I like the clean/dirty idea magnet idea. With just me and my wife at home,
    it is usually a day or two before we fill the washer up. Many times we will
    turn it on at night before bedtime. Sometimes my daughter will drop by and
    maybe the teenage grandson. They may put something in the washer. My wife
    usually puts a roll of paper towels over the washer door when the dishes are
    being washed and clean.



  17. #17
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On 1/27/2011 7:00 PM, willshak wrote:
    >
    > I don't know about the magnets, but I usually find that the inside of
    > the door is dirty when the dishes are dirty, and clean when the dishes
    > are clean.


    That's how I know, too.

  18. #18
    Stu Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:26:59 -0800, Heather Mills <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    >of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    >I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    >flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    >the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    >clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".



    How many people are there in your house that you have to such a thing? It's a
    simple thing even for teenagers, open the door and if they see dirty dishes,
    then they can put their dirty dishes in to be washed. Even when the kids were
    young, they put their dirty dishes on the counter and we loaded it. My wife
    and I are the only two who put the loads through so once it's washed we unload,
    empty dishwasher means ready to load.

  19. #19
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    Heather Mills <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    >of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    >I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    >flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    >the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    >clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".


    No arguments in my house. I could hide a million dollars in there &
    nobody would find it. Clean dishes are in the cupboard. dirty
    ones go in the sink. Dad moves them around sometimes.

    I swear I'm the only one that has the secret handshake to open the DW
    door.

    Maybe that's the easy way.

    Jim

  20. #20
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Reversible dishwasher sticker (clean/dirty)

    On Jan 27, 5:26*pm, Heather Mills <hsmi...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Many years ago, I used to have a little magnetic sticker in the shape
    > of a flower. It was green on one side with the word "clean" and yellow
    > I think) in the other with the word "dirty". It was made of that
    > flexible magnetic-infused rubbery material. We kept in on the door of
    > the dishwasher to tell everyone whether the the dishes inside were
    > clean or dirty. It stopped a lot of "arguments".
    >
    > It must have gotten lost in a move, 'cause I can't find it. I've
    > searched for something similar. I've found hundreds of clean/dirty
    > magnets, but they are all the kind that you rotate. Both the "clean"
    > and the "dirty" are on the same side. And they are metal, not rubber.
    > I'd really prefer one that is reversible and made of that soft
    > magnetized rubber material.
    >
    > Does anyone know where I can find one?
    >
    > I did find a craft project, but I'm not that crafty:
    >
    > http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftygoat/2423583659/
    >
    > I found a place that sells sheets of flexible magnetic material that
    > can be printed on with an inkjet printer, but there is $100 minimum:
    >
    > http://www.duramag.com/flexible.html
    >
    > They referred me to McMaster.com, which sells a 12" x 24" sheet that
    > can be printed on both sides for $7.52:
    >
    > http://www.mcmaster.com/#flexible-magnets/=arzkgq
    >
    > If I can't find any ready-made, maybe I'll buy a couple of sheets and
    > make my own! ;-)


    Stick the words you need on some of those flat magnetic things on
    which lawyers are wont to advertise. Frugal and keeps em out of
    landfills.

    ( I don't get it - I KNOW when the dishes are done and unload
    promptly.)

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