03 Feb Cleanability!
Just a short bit with a quick demonstration about what happens when you buy something without thinking about cleaning it.
Last night I pulled one of my plastic containers out to put some leftovers in. And I discovered the crud in the photo growing on the lid (yes, I’m showing off my mistake!). YUCK!
Oops! I always preach about thinking about “cleanability” before buying items — you’re going to have to wash everything by hand on the boat, so make sure there’s no funky nooks or crannies, and nothing that can’t be easily taken apart.
And I violated my own rule and now I paid for it. I’d just used the container a couple of days before and washed it with the dishes, then put it away. Obviously, I didn’t get it totally clean, a little food residue was still there, and it got moldy in just a couple of days.
But, you know, I don’t do a bad job of washing dishes in general (I’m much better than I was as an 8-year-old who had to wash dishes before going water skiing). The problem is really that I had chosen a design that made it hard to get the cover clean when washing by hand. And it took way more time and water to clean that crud out than any boater should ever spend on such a thing. And to keep it clean when I use it in the future, I’m going to have to do the same thing every time I wash it, just so that I won’t have crud. Or I can donate it to someone with a dishwasher and buy a new one.
Manufacturers always label things as “dishwasher safe” or “top rack dishwasher safe” — why don’t they label things as “easy to wash by hand?”