Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Waiting for the call from Martha Stewart Radio!

I love radio interviews. As I sat at my desk waiting to talk to Martha (or at least her radio station) I'm was in fleece pants and a big bulky sweatshirt. I did get up early enough to make sure my voice worked and get some caffeine in me so I sounded "perky", but no shower, no make-up and no worrying about a bad hair day.

So what do you do when your up 1 and 1/2 hours before a radio interview at 7:00 am and have had too much caffeine? Well, for me the answer was simple. You clean! I know, I'm sick but I had to do something to pass the time. And anyway my house needed it. So in when the laundry, the dishes, and even cleaned up the bathroom! It's amazing what a little caffeine can do for you at 5:30 in the morning!

I'm not going to be worth much after 5:30 pm tonight, so I'll share what we talked about now!

Automatic Dishwasher

  • Rinse your dishes if you aren't going to run the dishwasher right away.

  • When stacking the dishwasher, be very careful to not put the pots and pans on the bottom rack as it will block the water flow to the top shelf.

  • Use the right dish soap for your water. Everyone has different water so you have to try different soaps. You can add some table salt to the dish soap to give it a boost.

  • Don't put your crystal in the dishwasher as it may bump up against something else and chip.

Hand Washing

  • Use rubber gloves to protect your hands.

  • Make sure to use a sink mat to protect the dishes and prevent chipping.

  • Rinse the dishes with a nice dish brush if you don't have time to wash them. I like the Full Circle Suds Up Brush.

  • Towel dry your dishes with a microfiber drinkware towel. There is a nice one from E-cloth.

  • Use a green dish soap, specifically one that is scent free for your guests that may have sensitivities. Martha Stewart's works very well.
If you are going to someone else house for the holidays, bring a little gift of some fancy rubber gloves and dish soap. Then offer to help with the dishes. Many a holiday tradition revolves around sharing in the kitchen clean-up!


  1. Leslie, do you recommend any green cleaning solutions to be used in dish washer...

  2. wow sounds great. .but I hope you feel okay now! happy cleaning:)

  3. Too bad I cannot tune in to this radio station because of my location.