If there’s one job I really dislike doing, it’s dishes. Dirty dishes can pile up fast when you have kiddos who seem to eat non-stop and love to make their own lunches and snacks. Throw in a baby just starting to discover the joy of baby food and it can get a little overwhelming if you get behind! Here’s how our family is working on tackling the dishes and teaching our kids responsibility at the same time. I have some tips and tricks for each age and a few things that help make sure our dishes get sparkling clean!
Here are a few things our family does to stay on top of dishes.
- Unload the clean dishes right before bed or first thing in the morning. If you do this, you’ll start with clean dishes instead of dirty and be able to fill the dishwasher all day as you use dishes.
- Have each family member use a cup (we get inexpensive plastic cups at Walmart) with their name on it for the whole day to cut down on cups/glasses you have to wash.
- Get the kids involved! Here are ideas of what each age can do to help with the dishes:
- put away clean silverware
- wipe table/counters
- set the table
Even toddlers can learn to help put away the clean silverware. It’s a great learning activity too, as it teaches classifying and sorting. To make it more fun, ask your helper to race against a timer or turn on some music and try to finish by the time their favorite song ends!
- unload the dishwasher
- clear the dishes from the table
- dry dishes
To make unloading the dishwasher easier for our 6-year-old, we have moved the kids’ plastic cups and bowls to a low drawer so that she can reach them. You can also teach kids to stack bowls and plates on a clean dish towel on the counter if they go in higher cupboards. (Trust me, it really does save YOU time!)
- load dishwasher
- hand wash dishes
Older children can help load the dishwasher after meals. Teach your kids to rinse their plates after eating to make this job a little easier! You can also ask the younger children to carry dishes to the “Dishwasher” to help him complete his job more quickly. With Finish® Powerball® tabs you don’t have to get every speck of food and dirt off your dishes before loading them. Which is great with three kiddos making messes all day. (And seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that!)
My last tip is to use a product that gets your dishes clean the first time, every time. We love Finish® products at our house because we don’t waste time re-washing dishes after they come out of the dishwasher!
Finish® gives you an amazing clean and shine – which means you’ll never have to re-wash your dishes ever again. Just imagine what you could do with all that extra time!
We just bought our first home and are saving up for new kitchen appliances to replace the 20-year old almond colored ones we acquired with the house. I was so worried we wouldn’t have clean dishes with that old dishwasher! The Finish® Powerball® came to the rescue! We still have sparkling clean dishes thanks to that little red ball. It scrubs away dried-on food and gets rid of grease and stains on your dirty dishes. We’ve been using Finish® products for over a year and have always been pleased with the results.
The last time I went to Walmart to get more baby food and some new summer onesies for Baby Girl, I picked up the new Finish® Max-in-1 tablets. You can find them in the cleaning aisle, next to the other dishwashing products.
Are you ready to stop wasting time with dirty dishes? I have some great news!
Right now you can save BIG with these offers from Ibotta! Click on the offers below to get your rebates.
- $1.00 off Finish® Max-in-One 23ct and higher (automatic dish detergent)
- $1.00 off Finish® Jet Dry® 8.45oz (rinse aid)
The pack of 43 I purchased was $8.97 – $1.00, so $7.96 isn’t too bad!
- Bonus offer: If you buy any Finish® Detergent (23ct and larger) AND Finish® Jet Dry®, you’ll get an additional $1.00
Do you have any time-saving tips for dirty dishes at your house? I’d love to read them in the comments! Be sure to check out all the Finish® products the next time you’re at Walmart and save some cash with Ibotta rebates. Here’s to less stress over dirty dishes!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reckitt Benckiser. The opinions and text are all mine.