One of my favorites is the dishwasher. I seriously hate to do dishes - just ask...well, anyone who knows me fairly well! Yet with this many small children, dishes are a fact of life.
Thankfully, our rental (the church parsonage) has a terrific new dishwasher. The last one "died" not that long ago and the church (quickly - PTL!) replaced it with a nice, shiny, new model!
Of course I use my dishwasher for washing dishes - duh! - yet I try to "think outside the box" and use it for other cleaning jobs. This saves me TIME (a *valuable* commodity around here) and energy. Here's some ideas you may not have thought of:
I throw the small baking rack and dish from this toaster-oven in the dishwasher. The toaster oven is used and fairly old, but it works - and is much cleaner now!
I know you're not supposed to put wooden spoons in the dishwasher, but I always do. I've had this set of wooden spoons for years (they were cheap) and they've always been cleaned in the dishwasher.
They may be a bit warped after a while, but hey....that's called character, right?!? *wink*
The knobs on the front of the stove - especially after frying up some bacon or browning hamburger.....they just get gross.
I toss in my microwave oven's turn-table plate in the dishwasher every so often. I wipe out my microwave often (I *hate* gross microwaves....they're.....um...gross!), but a run through the dishwasher just makes it feel cleaner~
How about this one? The globes on your ceiling fan lights! My ceiling fans were pretty dusty and gross in the kitchen (and the light globes in the bathroom). I just put the globes on the top rack (carefully and away from anything else that might break them during the cycle) and they come out shiny and wonderfully clean! Ahhhhhhhhh...... ;)
Some other ideas:
*I toss binkies in the utensil compartment (they get much cleaner this way than if I just clean them by hand - although I do have to check them more often for wearing-out, obviously)
*Scrubby-sponges get thrown in the dishwasher occasionally.
*When I clean out my fridge (ya, 'cause that happens *SOOOO* often around here - NOT!!), I put whatever pieces I can fit into my dishwasher. While that cycle is running, I clean out the rest by hand - saves me time and always looks better than if I did the whole thing by hand.
*Certain baby/kid toys can take a run through the dishwasher here and there - so much drooling.......ick.
*The tub-toys. They just sit there, in the tub-toy-catch-all, and I'm afraid they're getting all moldly and yucky. So I run 'em through a cycle here and there. Just makes me feel better, I guess, and that's okay!!
I can't think of anymore off the top of my head. Anyone else have some other ideas? Please share. I don't do most of these things OFTEN nor on a regular basis - just here and there, as I think of it, as I find the time (ha!).
Whoo-hoo!! I love this particular servant of mine!
p.s. Here's a new breakfast meal idea! This is called Omlette Spiral (or something like that). It's an egg-milk-cream cheese mixture - baked - then topped with whatever omlette fixin's you want (show here: sausage, onion, peppers & cheese). With a side of toast, it's a yummy "pretty-looking" meal - for company or just your loved ones!!
[I was just so happy with how it turned out, I *had* to share!] ~Lori