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How do you stop lightweight plasticky items falling over in the dishwasher and filling up with gunk?

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Caz10 Wed 15-Jul-09 22:21:58

My dd is 18mths so my dishwasher is always full of bottles, cups, little tupperware pots etc, and everytime I use the dishwasher, when I open it all the little pots etc are upside down and full of manky dishwasher water, garrrr! Any suggestions?! Thanks!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 15-Jul-09 22:26:26

<watches thread with interest>

no advice, I have exactly the same problem!

Furball Wed 15-Jul-09 22:29:36

cups, pots and plastic tubs I put in the top rack where you would put cups and place the dishcloth on the top.

I put the dish cloth in every night anyway to keep it clean smile

thingamajig Wed 15-Jul-09 22:29:46

No miracles, ~I just wedge them in between th spiky cup holder thingys, or put lids etc in th cutlery basket, doesn't always work though.

Caz10 Wed 15-Jul-09 22:30:59

I wedge mine in too but they always end up upside down...have never heard of using a dishcloth though, will try!

newlark Wed 15-Jul-09 22:33:28

Have exactly the same problem - I do try to wedge them in amongst other things but there are always a few that end up full of water - will try the dishcloth idea!

SingingBear Wed 15-Jul-09 22:34:52

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Caz10 Wed 15-Jul-09 22:35:12

I thought there might be a gizmo or gadget out there somewhere that I could waste some money on!

SingingBear Wed 15-Jul-09 22:37:57

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Caz10 Thu 16-Jul-09 12:51:27

ooh look, thank you!

JackBauer Thu 16-Jul-09 13:23:40

No! Don't get the basket!
You can't get everything lying face down in it so it just fills them with more water, and if you don't pack it it chucks them all around inside the basket, and fills them anyway!
And the teats/things on top always come out dirtier than they went in for some reason.

englishpatient Thu 16-Jul-09 13:30:36

I lie things like fishslices, slotted spoons across the top so that their long, heavyish handles are holding down the plastic boxes.

Caz10 Thu 16-Jul-09 13:32:46

<steps away from the basket>....grin

Should I be inventing something and applying to Dragons Den here?!

JackBauer Thu 16-Jul-09 13:52:03

I tend to put things over them, like a bowl/tupperware box or spoons/fishslices, or I wash them by hand.
Which kind of defeats the object of the excercise but it winds me up so much when you have to empty the gunk and then wash them anyway

AbricotsSecs Thu 16-Jul-09 21:43:36

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saranda Thu 16-Jul-09 22:58:10

hmm must try the dishcloth thingy, like the idea of a clean dishcloth too

TheYearOfTheCat Thu 16-Jul-09 23:04:28

I use this basket and never have a problem with things tipping over. The top section is really useful for keeping things in place.

Caz10 Fri 17-Jul-09 21:42:49

HMFG it is these blardy Avent pots that prompted me to start this post!!
I'm on hols at the mo so clearly have too much time on my hands - but they're really getting to me!! grin

Caz10 Fri 17-Jul-09 21:43:56

That basket looks quite good but not really big enough - I'm still thinking of going on Dragons Den, lol

Sparklytwinkletoes Fri 17-Jul-09 21:45:42

I put small spouty bits in the cutlery basket, which has a lid that you can put down to stop the littlest bits flying around the dishwasher.

Little pots go over spikes on the top shelf, then I put a larger item over the top, like a sieve or spatula etc, to wedge them in place.

Doesn't always work though hmm

May invest in a basket anyway hmm

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