Those Dishes Were Clean

Good day! It’s Bumble Tuesday. Of course, a Bumble can happen any day of the week. Today just happens to be Tuesday…

For today’s Bumble I will begin with some background. Walking Dead fans out there may recall this scene from season 4 (and if I’m spoiling anything for anyone, please just plug your ears?).

Remember this scene from The Walking Dead when Beth and Daryl go to the country clubhouse together, and Beth desperately wants to try her first alcoholic beverage ever before she dies? If you watch the show you know that anyone can die at anytime. Don’t get too attached to those characters. Beth finds peach schnapps and looks for a glass, among the carnage, the zombies, the blood and the guts. You know, the usual. While I watched her, all I was thinking was that Beth was not going to find a clean cup! And those cups she handled were disgusting.

Just so you know, cleanliness is important to me.

And now on to my Bumble…

I’m sure you all know this scenario. The dishwasher is open, filled with dishes that look practically clean. Practically, right? An instinct kicks in that has me second-guessing their status of clean or dirty. So, I turn over a few cups and dishes, and decide that yes, indeed, they’re perfectly clean.

I begin to unload the dishwasher and return dishes, cups, and silverware to their rightful place in the kitchen, but I am interrupted.

Stage Left: Enter child requesting and demanding milk.

Child: Mommy, I need milk.

A glass of milk is provided.

Child:  Mommy, this glass looks dirty. There’s spots…or water…Look!

Mom: It looks fine. It just came of the dishwasher. It’s clean.

Child exits, disgruntled, but gulping the milk.

Downstage Right: Husband saunters into kitchen.

Husband: Those dishes are dirty.

Me: Those dishes were clean. Twenty seconds ago. No, really. I checked—

But I have to double-check now. I turn over a few dishes in the cupboard, and the second dish I observe is stained with a food substance resembling chili.

Friends, this is what my dishwasher looked like when this happened:



Okay, okay, I can’t fool you. These are clean. I’m not going to show you guys dirty dishes. Yucky! Would I subject you to that? Just know they practically looked like this.

I turned over the wrong dish in my dish analysis is all.

So, now I realize I gave my poor son a dirty glass. He was right all along. Additionally, I’m experiencing that limbo of not knowing what is clean and what is dirty in my kitchen, and that I must wash everything. Everything! I try not to panic.

Me (to Husband): Should I get a new glass of milk for our child?

Husband: He’s okay. (reading paper)

Me: No, we don’t want to waste his precious milk.

Stage left: Son enters with empty glass.

Child: More milk, please.

I refill his milk…in a new, clean glass. Of course, I did!

Do you drink out of dirty glasses? Have you ever eaten off dirty dishes and not known beforehand? What did you do? Have you ever been to a dinner party where they served food on dirty dishes? I sure hope not!

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46 thoughts on “Those Dishes Were Clean

    1. I know how you feel, David. The dirty glass is kind of big turn off, no matter what the beverage is. True, anything can be a water spot. Who says it has to be water?


  1. Hmm, I’m going to let you into a bit of a secret. I am perfectly happy reusing old glasses, cups, mugs and even plates. My wife can’t stand it and she will have 5 or 6 cups around the place from just one day being at home. If I go from tea to water to juice to tea again, what do I care if there are tea stains when I am drinking water? It doesn’t affect the taste. Similarly I will re-use plates too which is easy as 50% of my meals are sandwiches and wraps and then I re-use them if I am having a hot meal.

    It drives me mad when people or even our Airbnb guests litter the kitchen or wherever with umpteen plates and cups and glasses and pans. We had one guy 2 weeks ago and he used 9 different items in the kitchen, not including cutlery just for breakfast! 9! I don’t even use 9 items in a week, I’m willing to bet I can go a year and not have that many things out.

    So am I dirty? I don’t think so, I wash everything once a day or more if my gravy or ketchup covered plate needs to hold a sandwich. Besides a few germs are meant to be good for you… and at least when I wash my stuff I just wash them not like someone else in the house who leaves them to rinse in the sink… out of sight is out of mind right?!? I wouldn’t mind but she uses so many dishes!!

    Marital bliss 🙂


    1. I probably use many dishes, too, Stephen, like your guest. I could be more dish efficient, I suppose, but that would require more planning. I drive my husband crazy, too. He likes to have designated areas where I will make my messes. If I deviate from the mess area, it is unacceptable. Do the Airbnb people clean up after themselves? I imagine they would. I think so long as your system of eating and using dishes works for you, it doesn’t matter to me if you reuse dirty dishes. I probably can’t do it! I would be on edge all day!

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  2. I will often reuse my tea mug a few times in the day, I figure I’m pouring boiling water in each time right? And I’ll refill the same water glass a few times. But I wouldn’t reuse plates. What I really hate is knives and forks in restaurants that are anything less than gleaming! 🙂


    1. I can do the refill with the same beverage, especially if it was clean in the first place. I’ll do the same water glass, no problem. We pay for that gleamingness, right? It’s got to be gleaming.


  3. Hi Amy! So funny you posted about this – I, too, am obsessed with cleanliness, especially in the kitchen! I check the dishes as well – but have to have my glasses on to do it. If the kids find any dishes with the slightest speck of anything on them, guess who’s blamed for unloading the dishwasher again without her glasses? Like you, I’m very particular about all dishes or eating utensils at home or away. Not a bad OCD trait to have in my opinion! 🙂


    1. Thanks, Kelly. Lately I’ve been doing the half emptying of the dishes. I’m not sure why. I can’t seem to unload it without getting distracted. That’s okay so long at the dishes I’m putting away are clean. My son is very particular about dishes being clean, probably the pickiest of us. If I didn’t have my contacts or glasses on, there would be a nightmare in my kitchen! No question about that. 🙂

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  4. Oh yes, dear Amy, I have indeed done this. Horrible feeling, isn’t it? You put away the last two or three items only to discover your mistake. Ugh. How to make sure you’ve retrieved everything you just emptied? Not easy.

    This is why my kids try to make the case to me that they shouldn’t have to rinse their dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. I always make them rinse the dishes well, anyway, but sometimes I wonder if they have a point…


    1. I’m glad I’m not alone, Carrie. It always happens that you notice your mistake when you’re almost finished putting them all away! Gads! Oh no. And then, there’s the chance you might not collect them all for the dishwasher and eat off a dirty plate. Shudder.

      Well, your kids kind of have a good point. I, too, like a rinsed dish in the dishwasher. I’ve never considered this before, Carrie. Hmm….


  5. I remember being told a story by an in-home salesman. A woman asked him if he wanted a drink. He said yes. She brought him milk. He drank the milk then realized that the bottom fourth of the glass did not empty…spoiled and still in glass!
    So…I check very well and just take water to drink…thank you.


  6. And I was doing so good too… Then you have to go and remind me about Beth!!! I know you can’t get attached to characters on Walking Dead… but Beth???

    I freak over a dirty glass or plate… but I would eat something off the floor if I can get to it in less than 5 seconds.


    1. I’m soooo sorry. I understand. I loved Beth. Honestly, I hadn’t heard what happened exactly (I haven’t seen the episode, Ted) but when I heard about it, I was completely sad! At least we still have Daryl.

      What is it about a dirty glass or plate versus the floor? The dishes definitely seem more germy.


  7. I love your Walking Dead lead up. 🙂 I’ve had those moments, where I’m minutely examining to dishes in the dishwasher to see if they’re clean or not. I don’t eat off dirty dishes usually, although for teacups, I don’t really care if I really reuse them.


    1. I still remember that moment in Walking Dead. I wanted to burst on the scene and clean a dish for her. But I also want them all to take a shower, especially after a bloody scene. Everyone seems pretty cool with the teacups being reused. 🙂 That one seems acceptable. Thanks for sharing, David.


  8. Being kid-less, dishwasher issues like this rarely happen …but not saying that it hasn’t happened! 😉 … Guess I’m saying that you described an issue probably common to parenthood.


    1. Probably so, Frank. You kind of lose your mind when you’re a parent. I have moments when I forget where I am, much less knowing whether or not the dishes are clean. Oh, the expectations are incredibly high! 🙂


  9. At the risk of appearing to reside in an alternate universe, Amy, I never have this problem. I’ve never had a dishwasher. All of the apartments in my brownstone are dishwasher-less. And I do hand wash my dishes after use. I don’t let them pile up in the sink.


    1. I would expect nothing less from you, Virginia. I imagine your apartment as spotless. I can’t imagine not having a dishwasher, however. I’ve gone through life without them, but now it would be so difficult. We definitely run it everyday. There’s a certain charm to a dishwasher-less life, no? I’m sure you wouldn’t want to hand wash them at my house.


  10. Side track on your Bumble: my husband and I became addicted to The Walking Dead over the weekend. Almost through season two. Planning our weekend to watch more. Not the type of show we watch but wow, are you right, don’t get attached!

    Ok back to the Bumble. We have a dishwasher and my husband refuses to use it. It just sits in my kitchen. We need to get rid of it because it’s so painful that it’s there, unloved and unused. I would die of my neurosis if your situation happened to me. And, my husband does 80 percent of the dishes. I’m not going to do them if he declares no dishwasher!


    1. Isn’t The Walking Dead great?! I just love that show. It’s so well done. I tried watching another zombie show in the interim, because we watch it on Netflix, and it was just so-so, nothing like The Walking Dead!

      Wow, on no dishwasher. How come? Does you husband enjoy the process of washing dishes? I’m seriously asking, because some people enjoy that sort of thing. I don’t mind it, but not for a ton of dishes. It just takes too long, Audra. It would nice for you to have a dishwasher in the case of holidays at least. Surely, you need one then! Poor, poor unloved dishwasher. Perhaps your husband can learn to love it.


  11. I confess I can use the same glass or mug all day. It doesn’t usually get washed until the end of the day. Probably not the healthiest habit. I am a dish washer. He-Who is always loading things in the dishwasher and I am always pulling them out and washing them by hand. All my really good ideas come when I’m washing dishes. I’ve never gotten a good idea from a dishwashing machine.


    1. I can use the same mug all day. No problem, so long as I know where it came from, Michelle. If it’s just my germs, I’m okay with it. And I’m glad to hear you say that about dish washing! That happens to me, too. My mind starts to relax and wander when I’m washing dishes. Maybe I should do it more often.

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  12. Happy Bumble Thursday Amy
    I may not be around much but
    I have certainly not forgotten
    about you my lovely friend 🙂

    Andro xxx


  13. I’ve done this before! I’m with Carrie’s boys – I no longer rinse the dishes so they “look” clean. I leave a few bits here and there and a few spatters on the inside of the door, so when it’s opened, there is no doubt that the dishes are dirty! However, I didn’t worry all that much that I didn’t recover all the dirty dishes that were accidentally put away. At least they were rinsed. 🙂


    1. Maddie, this is an excellent approach to washing dishes. Just leave enough gunk on there so there’s no question that they’re dirty. It probably won’t make much difference with the water glasses. I’ll just have to make sure I check a few coffee cups or ice cream bowls. 🙂 I guess what you don’t know won’t hurt you.


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