Removing crayon from the dishwasher
I shouldn't have said I was caught up on dishes, not out loud. That very day, Tiger Lily dropped a brown crayon into the dishwasher, and it has thrown my kitchen completely off-kilter since then.
She had been running around with crayons as I had loaded the dishwasher that morning, but I didn't think much of it. When all the plastic came out coated with a light brown film, though, I knew what had happened.
And let me tell you, I am never going to let crayons near my dishwasher again! No sir, if I ever get wind of crayons near an open dishwasher, they'll be removed from the vicinity.
The dishwasher just wasn't working right—even after I ran an empty cycle with plenty of dishwasher soap, and one with a pint of vinegar, and one with castile soap, and one with bleach, the dishes weren't coming out quite right—there were funny white patches on some of them.
After I dropped Red Chief off at preschool yesterday, Tiger Lily and I headed to the grocery store for Goo Gone, my last hope (I had read about it helping someone else). Unfortunately they didn't have any, but they did have some dishwasher cleaner. I ran a cycle with it according to the instructions, and I was encouraged to see upon the completion of the cycle that the biggest patch of brown crayon on the bottom of the dishwasher was gone. It wasn't all gone, but the dishwasher looked much, much better, and most of the hard water deposits were gone, too!
I ran a very full cycle of dishes, and everything came out clean and film-free! In fact, I think my dishwasher is working even better than before the crayon incident. I think I should clean it more often. It's probably worth the $5 the dishwasher cleaner cost.
Oh, and the dishes are all caught up again. Yay.
Do you ever clean your dishwasher?