Adventure, Motherhood

Talk About it Tuesday: Clean Your Dishwasher

In April 2019 my husband & I bought our first house. Finally after spending years in family owned rentals and just living with family in general we have our own home for us and our little ones. We love owning our own place and pretty much everything is the same for us its just now the house, appliances, & land is ours not someone else’s.

I have always been good at fixing things and I enjoy learning how things of all categories work so I have no problem fixing what I can understand even if I don’t have a degree to fix it. Anymore pretty much anything can be found online more specifically on YouTube so the confidence is high and what I or my husband can’t get ourselves we do know how to ask for help.

Pretty much every appliance that we became owners of besides the washer and dryer came with the house. The one exception was the fridge which lasted not even a year then we had to replace it. That just leaves the dishwasher and with everything going on in the world we can’t really afford to replace that if needed to.

When it rains it pours because this past week maybe within the last couple weeks our beloved dishwasher has started to act up. It wasn’t draining correctly and had water standing in the bottom after every wash. Not to mention the dishes weren’t quite getting clean. I may have muttered a specific word under my breath when I discovered this. I was irritated its like anything that could go wrong in this year of 2020 just has because it could!
My husband & I were unfortunately faced with some decisions on what we were going to have to do about it.

  • Hire someone to fix it.
  • Look for a used replacement.
  • Fix it ourselves.

What to do was running across my mind pretty much everyday. I finally decided I needed to at least try to fix it or figure out if I could fix it. We can’t afford to hire someone to come fix it because its either gonna come out to too much money or not even worth it and too much money. The money that goes for that might as well go for a newer one but we don’t have the money for a newer one so that doesn’t make the best of sense in my mind. It’s a circle of going nowhere and a lot of time wasted.

The dishwasher we have is a General Electric Eterna Nautilus; I kind of feel like a badass in a way. Excuse the language but I wrestled that thing all day today and now I feel like we have an understanding on how a dishwasher is supposed to do it’s job. Now you see I am not a snob to washing my dishes by hand I really only need a dishwasher to sanitize certain dishes and currently the big ones are bottles, bottle nipples, & pacifiers. I can wash dishes by hand with the right accessories. I have hand eczema that if or when my hands come in contact with different soaps/moisture they tend to break out and become super itchy. I am not a fan when this happens because it hurts a lot. And after getting over a mango allergic reaction just recently not really looking for more painful skin problems anytime soon.

I took the drain guard out and then the drain grate that sets down a hole underneath it because if it wasn’t draining my mind says it probably has an issue with the drain, right? I cleaned both of them off really good and sifted through the drain for anything that may cause the water to not drain properly. I ran the dishwasher to see if that helped and it seemed to but just incase I also ran some vinegar & baking soda inside it during a regular wash as well. Note: (I double checked with YouTube to make sure I took it apart right & also to put it back together correct). After the baking soda & vinegar I put it back together then decided to really give it a deeper clean by getting out all of the built up gunk in the door at the bottom in the little crevasses that needed cleaned. I even cleaned out that little hole in the door for the rinse aid I figured that since the little plug had come out once or twice … it should be cleaned and vinegar & baking soda would probably be fine. It helped bring up some junk that got in there by using the old volcano cleaning method. I scrubbed with vinegar & baking soda then wiped it down and then sprayed over with some Clorox cleaner to sanitize it extra. I of course wiped it out real good to get that up off of the dishwasher the best I could. And because I was cleaning it I ran a full dishwasher load with nothing in it to clean off sort of residue I may have missed.

After a full days work of wrestling with my dishwasher and taking it apart then cleaning it out I finally was able to run a medium sized dish load. Good news is it didn’t leak which is especially great because it wasn’t leaking before so at least I didn’t break it more. This load seemed to get cleaner than expected but only time can tell for the future.

For the most part I feel I tried as much as I can do on my own and I am happy that I tried to fix it. If the problem continues it would probably be best to find a cheap and I mean cheap replacement versus trying to fix it. Can’t really afford it but if it were cheap enough maybe. I have never owned a dishwasher before just used family members. What I have learned is that I will need to make sure I clean it more regularly to keep all the gunk from building up. I would highly recommend that if you have a dishwasher to clean it regularly. I was cleaning it once in a while but will be more on top of it from here on out. Probably wouldn’t hurt to run some bleach through it once in a while but that is my own speculation not something that I know for sure. Anything that I have done with my dishwasher today and in this post has been trial and error things that I have kind of come up with myself/researched myself. I am always open to any tips for this area of expertise if anyone has any. I am not trained in any sort of working with these types of appliances but I am always wanting to learn about more things. Comment below with any tips about cleaning dishwashers or any fun stories if you have any down below!

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Sanity Saving Home Activities for Kids

I have been trying to beat this summer heat wave we have been experiencing here in Iowa. It’s not summer in Iowa without the heat but it’s been very hot. Typically you just stay inside to cool down but like most people I am tired of being at home all the time! My house is always loud but this past couple weeks with this heat wave has been more than I can handle. My boys want to go outside but with how hot its been it’s just not plausible until it cools down just a bit. I as a mom am to the point where the regular inside activities are just not cutting it as both older boys keep asking when school is going to start back & I keep replying soon I hope. They are to the point that everything that is normally fun is just boring now! It is time for a change. I have come up with a list of new activities to do inside during this heat with my boys this summer! Hopefully this brings some much needed fun to our home and maybe yours too! I will be doing these one post at a time. The first craft is down below then will let you know what the next is at the end of this post!

DIY Glue Sun Catcher Craft by Betty Boiron at Mom Brite

Supplies Needed:

  • White Glue (Elmer’s)
  • Food Coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic lid (the lid Should be flexible enough so you can bend it to get the finished sun catcher out)
  • Hole Punch (I don’t have one so I just poked a hole big enough for string in the lid)
  • String
  • Foil or Parchment Paper (optional)


Note: Before me and my kids started the project I put foil down on the table as a table protector, you can use parchment paper or newspaper as well. Foil worked great!

1) Fill up your lid with the glue. (Enough to cover the surface of lid)

2) Add in about 3 drops of food coloring colors of your choice.

3) Using the toothpick swirl the food coloring into the glue, like so.

4) Now you will need to let the glue dry. Drying time will vary depending on how much glue you used. 2-3 days or longer.

5) Once glue is dry (when edges of glue start to peel), pop the sun catcher out of the lid very carefully.

6) Punch a hole in the sun catcher and add in string so that you can hang it up some place sunny.

Note: Our sun catchers some how got tilted during the drying process on the shelf I put them on they look a little wonky but still turned out pretty cool looking. Ours took about 3 days to dry completely. For the “string” I used an old onion bag cut into strips. I will be doing this one again because it got messed up but still wanted to finish writing this as it’s been three days already. Me and my boys still had a lot of fun with this even though it turned out wonky!
(the bigger the lid the more it will curl up)

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