We tried all the magnets, cup, etc routines as well and of course - we forget to rotate, etc the device.
Our solution is to fill the detergent container when we empty the washer. That way we can continue to load dirty dishes until filled (may be a few days) if there is detergent present. If no detergent, we just keep taking dishes out until empty - then fill w/dtergent.
We used to have a fridge magnet, black on one side, and white on the other, to indicate clean or dirty dishes in the dishwasher. It worked perfectly until we got a new dishwasher with a stainless-steel front panel that, curiously, isn't magnetic...
We had the same problem. I mounted a tag next to the dishwasher, black on one side (dirty) and white on the other (clean). While loading we keep the black side out. When we start the machine we flip the tag. I apologize to my fellow gadget freaks that we were unable to incorporate at least a thousand triode sections in this solution.
The indicator on our dishwasher resets only when you fully close the door after the wash cycle. So you can take dishes out all you want as long as the door doesn't latch closed and the clean dish indicator stays lit. Once you've emptied the dishwasher, you latch the door and the light goes out.
Since we only fully close the door when we run the wash cycle, this works very well. Unless you accidently bump the door closed, of course!
I agree, Rob - it is surprising that it hasn't been implemented since its such a universal problem for those of us with dishwashers. Our old dishwasher just gave out last month and Hubby and I went dishwasher shopping. It's amazing the vast array of options that exist but not that one...I would definitely consider this gadget to be a value-added feature that would influence my buying decision.
Or the water check, Charles - you know where you take your finger and touch to see if any water pooled on the bottom of the coffee cups that are placed upside down in the top rack...of course if its been long enough the water would have evaporated so its not always an accurate test.
I like the red LED idea. In my house, with as many as six people using the dishwasher, I'm never sure if I'm loading dirty dishes in with clean ones that never got removed. I end up pulling the dishes out to examine them and then I decide if they're clean or dirty.
I love this project - it solves what is usually a nightly drama in our house, "Hey Josh - are the dishes in the dishwasher clean or dirty?" I used to use a refrigerator magnet that had clean and dirty printed on it and you would rotate it 180 degrees depending on the state of the dishes - but I would always forget to rotate it. Having a hands-free solution is sweet and I agree - very well documented. Now we just need something to tell us how long the leftovers have been in the refrigerator...
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