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The gunk and the grime, it gathers with time... - Zer Netmouse
June 29th, 2007
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The gunk and the grime, it gathers with time...
Have you ever looked at something you touch on a regular basis and gone "Ew!! Just... Ew!"

I dare you to look at the underside of the handle to your dishwasher.


Maybe you're lucky and someone in your household has thought to clean it in the half decade or however long you've had your house, but I, alas, have no one who has lived with me who would clean such a detail aside from myself, and I only just noticed it. Ew. We are selling the house soon and when we do it will have a much cleaner dishwasher front and handle than it did half an hour ago. As an aside, they should really make dishwasher knobs easily removable for cleaning like they often do for stoves and ovens. The surface of the handle that glides over the body of the dishwasher as it locks and unlocks is likewise almost impossible to get to.

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From:pnkrokhockeymom
Date:June 29th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Yep. Top of the fridge at my house. GROSS. I'm just not even close to tall enough to notice it. When I remember after a couple of months, I'm always a tad repulsed.

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Love,

K.
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From:mishamish
Date:June 29th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, it wasn't something I *TOUCHED* on a regular basis, but in college I worked for a wings shop that was moving RIGHT after I got hired. So I was on the detail that got to clean the fryers in mid-move.

Holy. Cow.

Luckily, they had the foresight to rent some pressure washers and put them in the back parking lot (we were just moving them down the street). The backside of a commercial deep-fat fryer that's been in-place for 20 years or so? Wow. Words can't EVEN describe.
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From:mishamish
Date:June 29th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From:dr_memory
Date:June 29th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Have you ever looked at something you touch on a regular basis and gone "Ew!! Just... Ew!"

About two months ago, I spent an entire afternoon scrubbing down the keyboard on my main computer at home. It took an effort of will not to use undiluted bleach.
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From:delosd
Date:June 30th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I just did that too. Keyboard hadn't been cleaned in *seven years*. Yech. Lots of alcohol, q-tips, and scrubbing, but it's clean now!

I miss the old IBM keyboards where you could just pop off all the key caps and dump them in a bucket of white board cleaner overnight. Of course, remembering where there all went afterwards was usually a challenge...
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From:dr_memory
Date:June 30th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Heh, the keyboard in question for me actually is one of those old IBMs. Still a hassle to clean, but yeah -- being able to pop off the keytops and soak them overnight helped a lot.

They're still being made, btw: http://www.pckeyboard.com/
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 29th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
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I dare you to lick the underside of your dishwasher handle. Without looking first.
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From:kyril
Date:June 30th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
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Related, the inside of the fridge handle gets kinda grungy...but not all-out gross, usually.
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From:stardustgirl
Date:June 30th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I never thought much about our dishwasher, but it sounds like kudos are in order to the designer because the handle on ours is just a brass bar with no place for gunk to crawl into and hide.

As much as I love my iMac, the person who designed a white and clear keyboard that doesn't disassemble gracefully needs to be visited by rabid weasels in the dead of night and taken to the houses of those of us who have one and made to clean the doggone things.
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From:markeyisapunk
Date:June 30th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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now I will be forced to check mine... thank you?
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From:boywhocantsayno
Date:July 1st, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
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I don't have a dishwasher, but the underside of the handle to my oven gets pretty gross.
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