Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY ~ Dirty / Clean Dishwasher Magnet

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Hi lovelies!  Today I've got a fun yet super practical DIY for ya, in partnership with Finish Dishwasher Detergent!  I can't tell you how many times I've heard the excuse from my kids that they couldn't put their dishes in the dishwasher because they weren't sure if it was dirty or clean.  I'm sure everyone can relate to this, whether it's kids, roommates, or even yourself!  So I wanted to make a magnet so that way there'd never be any uncertainty again (unless one forgets to spin it or something!)

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty brand-loyal for dishwasher detergent.  I only use Finish products, because they friggen work better than any other I've tried.  I even use the Booster in conjunction with the tabs so my dishes are extra clean.

You just put it in the pre-wash dispenser, pop a tab in the main dispenser, and you're good!  It's so easy, my kids have to do it as part of their chores.  But that's after we can get them to rinse off their dishes in the sink and load them into the dishwasher.  I wished there were a way to let them know if the dishes were clean or dirty, and I figured a fun and easy DIY!  {Click for the how-to and for some awesome #SparklySavings on Finish Detergent!}

You'll need:
  • Wooden shape (find them at the craft store in the wood craft section for less than a dollar!)
  • Paint in contrasting colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Letter stencils
  • Magnet
  • Strong glue
  • Paper towel (for wiping off your stencil in between letters) 

Start by painting your wooden shape a solid color.  I chose a fun, bright yellow.  This wood is very porous, so apply a heavy coat.  It will also dry quickly because of this, so it only needs to dry for about 15 minutes.  I painted the front and back, but you could leave the back plain if you want.

I painted a stripe in my darker color across the middle of the shape and let it dry for a few minutes.  Start stenciling your letters on!  Put some paint on your brush and then dab most of it off.  Then I just held the stencil firmly in place, and stippled the paint on by dabbing the brush up and down over the stencil.

Flip it and stencil the opposite word. 

After the paint dries, apply a dollop of glue to the magnet and push it firmly onto the back of the wooden piece.  Let the glue dry overnight before you stick it up on the dishwasher.

And that's it!  So fun and easy, and now we have a whimsical way to know if our dishes are clean or dirty.

I mentioned my love for Finish Dishwasher products, so now I've got to share with you a way to save money next time you buy them!  

Click the picture to print out a coupon good for $1 off of your next purchase of Finish products!  I try to save money whenever I can, so this is a killer deal!  I printed a couple out and headed to Walmart to stock up on some more!


1 comment:

  1. This is such a fun & clever idea! I think this would be a fun party activity for my daughter's birthday. ;) #client


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