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One Mom's Viral Hack to Keep Your Sink Dish Free This Summer

This 50 cent investment could save you from playing the family-wide dish blame game.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated June 1, 2023

Summertime might be nirvana for kids who get three precious months out of school to adventure and play their days away, but for parents, it’s often anything but. While you might get to squeeze in some more quality time with your little ones or take a much-needed vacation, much of the day-in and day-out grind of summer is filled with finding childcare, fun activities and keeping the house from becoming a full-scale daycare disaster.

A single mother named Bianca Majanja recently devised a brilliant solution to the perennial problem of summertime dirty dishes, and people are absolutely loving it. Determined to tackle the issue head-on, she ventured to Walmart and purchased affordable flatware, cups, and cutlery, which she color-coded for her kids.

In a recent Facebook post, Bianca explained, "I will not be coming home to a pile of dishes everyday this summer. Everybody got their own cup, plate and bowl and fork and spoon. They are responsible to wash their own dish, and they can only use these. I know which colors belong to who, so if I find a plate or bowl in their rooms or where it should not be, I know exactly who to hold accountable for it,” she wrote.

The simplicity, effectiveness and affordability of this dishes hack has garnered immense popularity, with the post amassing over 48,000 shares in just a few days.

In the comments section, Bianca offered more insight to those seeking further clarification. Responding to a query about the cost, she mentioned that the items were only 50 cents at Walmart, emphasizing her frustration with trying to get her daughter to do the dishes and the subsequent dishonesty surrounding the issue. Many people found her story highly relatable, sympathizing with the challenges faced by single mothers and praising her organizational efforts.

Parents across various online platforms expressed enthusiasm for this ingenious dishwashing hack. Some eagerly declared their intention to head to Walmart to replicate the idea, while others commended the concept as a smart way to eliminate sibling conflicts over dishwashing duties. A few parents even shared that they already have a similar system in place throughout the year. Clearly, Bianca’s idea has struck a chord and is well worth considering for households looking to streamline their dishwashing routines.

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