Friday, March 21, 2008

101 uses for a dead dishwashing machine

My dishwashing machine broke. It's old, (well, ten years old isn't really old, but I have a feeling nothing is built to last anymore...)
I have the smallest kitchen sink and hardly any counter space, so I'm washing the dishes by hand and stacking them in the...dishwasher to dry. So it's being useful. In a dead way.
So there ARE uses for a dead dishwashing machine.
I bet I can put shelves in it and stock cans of food and maybe pots and pans.
It can hold the houshold cleaning products.
The dog food bag will fit in it. (Clear the closet out a bit)
Not the vacuum cleaner, but thanks anyway.
I can put potatoes and onions in there. For a while. If I leave the door open a crack.
I can hide the Christmas presents and Easter eggs there. (One place the kids will never look...)
A stack of towels will fit.
I can use the racks to hold lots of dishes.
It's heavy. I can put my flower press underneath it for a while.
I can leave the door open and trip up burglers with it.
I can decorate it for holidays.
Tape kid's drawings and pictures on it and disguise it as a refrigerator.

Any other ideas?


John Nez said...

Oh oh... those dishwashers can become an addictive habit. And I'll confess a weakness to being grateful to technology for creating that robotic kitchen slave.

They're not all that hard to replace... but usually once the motor goes, it's easier to just get a new one.

It's true that modern life has entirely too many complicated machines that we ordinary people can't easily fix. But it's good that we can still get by without them too.

Good luck with it...

Oopsy Daisy said...

I have a confession. My dishwasher works, but I haven't used it in about 5 years. Call me crazy but I prefer to wash dishes by hand. Nuts I know. Must be somethng to do with childhood memories of helping my gramma washdishes or something. Like i said, nuts.

And I use mine for storing the Christmas dishes or at Christmas for storing the summer dishes. (i have dishes for every season)

ORION said...

One half of a book end OR in my case a really nifty anchor!
Thanks for commenting and yes I was UBER thrilled to see that LOTTERY was long listed for the Orange Prize!

Sam said...

John and Daisy - this was my first dishwasher! I'd never had one before - always washing by hand. Now I feel like I'm back in the dark ages - like when my TV remote control broke, lol!

Orion - I am SO Truly Thrilled for you!! And it just tickles me to be able to say 'I know someone who is long listed for the Orange Prize - I'm such a snob that way! LOL!

Connie said...

Happy Easter !

Kate R said...

hey, we stored cat food in our old dishwasher for years and years. . . Now I'm entirely spoiled and hate imagining life without an actual working washer.

Of all the mechanical objects in the house (other than the clothes washer) that dishwasher went from being a luxury to a necessity in no time flat.

Alas, you poor, pitiful thing.

Gabriele C. said...

I've never had a dishwasher. I'm a single with no guests to invite because I don't have a life at all, so I won't need one any time soon. ;)

Wynn Bexton said...

It could be a pretend safe to hide all the money you don't have in.

Bernita said...

My husband is my dishwasher.
I hope his motor doesn't burn out again.

Mark said...

So this is where you have been!I see all is well.I gave up the daily a while back but I have started up a more 'ME' blog.

All the best


Anonymous said...

Well, I know you can make moonshine in an old washing machine...I wonder if that works for dishwashers too...