A roommate who always leaves their dirty mess behind. Namely - a roommate who never does the dishes. What is a girl (or guy) to do when this evil happens to you? Surely you are never guilty of doing the same. I mean, you're the cleanest person you know. You are always taking out the trash, and always doing the dishes.
Here's the deal. You're not perfect, and neither are your roommates. So get over it and just do the dishes for them!! (And if you really don't want to and have some extra cash lying around, hire us!) Think of it as your good deed for the day....even if it's the tenth or one hundredth day in a row. Your roommate notices and they appreciate it. They might also take you for granted and not even notice, but in the end, who really cares? If it really bothers you, say something about it.
So now that you've decided to be a dishwashing good samaritan...why not a step by step of doing the dishes "how-to"?
Step One: If you have a dishwasher, unload it. If you don't know where everything goes, then sort them out on the counter or table for everyone to put away their own things.
Step Two: Leave the pots and pans out to be hand washed. Non-stick pans lose their coating in the dishwasher...even if they are supposedly "dishwasher safe". (I recommend a dish drying rack as an essential purchase for any college apartment.) Put glasses, cups and smaller items on the top rack and dishes, bakeware, etc on the bottom rack.
Step Three: Wash the pots and pans by hand with either a sponge or a kitchen brush. Place the used sponge or brush on the top rack or in the silverware holder in the dishwasher after you've washed the pots and pans. Start the dishwasher!
Step Four: Wipe down the counters and sink.
Step Five: Relax :)
Does your dishwasher leave a grimy film on all of your dishes? You probably have hard water or a dirty drain.
First, try a cup of white vinegar on a light cycle with the dishwasher empty.
If that doesn't work, I recommend LemiShine. You should be able to find it with the dishwasher detergents at a local store.