$8.00 on Amazon One of life’s little mysteries surrounds the status of the dishes in the dishwasher—are they clean or are they dirty? Not surprisingly the clean dishes always seem to get a visitor that has yet to be prepared for the appliance, and it is a pretty safe bet that the dirty piece entering the thing is going to contaminate the whole load. That’s just the way it is. So one of the easiest ways to simplify the problem is to let everyone know what is going on with the dishes thanks to the clean/dirty dishwasher magnet.
In a nutshell, this sign lets everyone know if they should be putting that dish into the washer or pausing for a few minutes to empty the dishwasher. Communication is the key, and this little sign does the trick. Of course just because it is there does not mean everyone will follow it, but at least the attempt was made.
The trick with this particular product is in the magnetic backing. The sign itself is made from a tough rubber material, which means it lasts for a long time. However, the sign requires a magnet to stick to the dishwasher with an adhesive backing that attaches to the sign. Basically, the sticky back starts to fail over time, which means planning on replacing it every now and then. In the end though, it is a small price to pay for not having to run the dishwasher again.
In the end, finding a solid product to simplify one of the more frustrating kitchen adventures around is a solid concept. The clever wording and solid design make this particular product a winner. While it does not guarantee exploratory checks on the status of the dishes, it looks great and has top notch intentions. This is one of those products that everyone wonders why they did not think of it in the first place.