Monday, November 26, 2007


If, in the exciting life that you lead, you happen to notice a funny smell coming from your dishwasher, keep the following info handy...close by...and reread.

When you notice that yucky smell, it could be the garbage disposal. If it is, there is a great product you can buy at the grocery store to pour down the drain. It bubbles up nicely, and eats away all the gunk in the nether regions under your kitchen sink. Things it is best not to speak of. After said product has worked its magic...all will be well..with nary a smell.

HOWEVER, if you feel certain within an inch of your life, that the smell cometh from inside the dishwasher....DO NOT....NEVER...EVER...IN YOUR WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE...PLEASE, I'M BEGGING YOU...DO NOT decide to just shoot a few squirts of disposal cleaner into the bottom of the dishwasher. Even if you think, "it cleaned out the disposal so well, I figured it couldn't hurt to send it to work its magic on the dishwasher...I just put in a few squirts..."

[just for the record...these words were spoken by the eldest male in my house, the one who reminds me frequently that I sometimes "go stupid...and stuff" he is walking OUT the door to attend a meeting at church...with his pants legs held high up to his knees as he wades through the lovely, sudsy pond that is now my kitchen floor.]

No mop available, would have soaked up the water. So, Alex and I gathered together all...yea ALL, the towels in the house and began the cleanup. This was a flood of biblical proportions, y'all. And we sopped up water...and detergent...and DISPOSAL CLEANER until we were nigh unto death. Until our backs began to wither and our legs to shout a mighty "STOP, ALREADY!" We scooted the wet towels into the laundry room and began the great DIRTY TOWEL WASH OFF that is continuing even until today.

MORAL...DO NOT "GO STUPID" and leave your wife and son to clean up your mess. It is going to take some major shiny baubles and trinkets to soothe my weary back and legs...and the loss of my Sunday afternoon nap.

It will be nice to have every, single towel, dishcloth, cleaning rag in the house clean at one time. But, not enough for me to ever forget this one. I'm claiming major points for keeping my cool and not throwing the 'husband out with the dishwasher water.'


Musicaljean said...

Oh my word. You deserve another trip to Hawaii for that one!!

I don't have a garbage disposal, so I don't have any of that stuff. But I do remember when a foster daughter decided to use regular dish soap in my dishwasher. We're talking a dishwasher full of suds and suds coming out the door that time too. Dishwashers should come with warnings posted on them!

Lynne said...

But did you ever find the source of the smell and get rid of it???

Not a fun way to spend an afternoon!

Jennifer said...

What a bummer! Hope your kitchen is back to normal and smelling okay. Next time... just pour a packet of lemon kool-aid in your dishwasher's detergent cup and run it empty. I don't know where I learned this but it really cleans out the inside of the dishwasher.

Tonja said...

Lynne, we shut off the dishwasher mid cycle, and it has not been turned back I don't know if it still smell inside or not...I'm not touching it until Don gets it fixed.

Jennifer, what a great idea! I have never heard of that. I'll have to try that ...if it still smells when it is fixed.

Jean, I could really go for your suggestion.

Dianne said...

Somewhat like Jean's comment, my mom put liquid soap in our dishwasher once when I lived at home too...UGH! I can't remember how old I was, but we were all in the den at the time and when I went into the kitchen, I was like, "Mom, do you know all these suds are all over the floor??" Needless to say, she came running!

nancygrayce said...

Bless your little heart.....sounds just like something i would do!

RealEstateGirl said...

I love this story! You are hilarious and I just love the way you write! You crack me up!