narcoleptish wrote:On a similar note, I go into a lot of houses and I'm always amazed at how dirty some people let their washers/dryers get. Years of caked-on spilled soap coated with lint and basement dust. Bleach reservoirs that look like ashtrays. Piles of dryer lint just thrown in the corner. This is the place you take your clothes to get them CLEAN! If you spilled soap on your kitchen sink would you just leave it there? Forever!
Can't say I'm too concerned about my washer/dryer, and I've never noticed my clothes coming out of them anything but visibly clean and pleasant-smelling. What gets me is this whole dishwashing thing cuz there's nothing more disgusting in your house than your kitchen sponge. Nothing.
And this has been proven in repeated experiments by lots of people (just Google it if you don't believe me.) When I smell a week-old sponge, I can't believe anyone thinks wiping them on their dishes actually makes them cleaner (and I'm really baffled by folks who use them to sponge up messes, clean their stovetop, wipe down the fridge, and then still use them for dishes. Pick a job, folks.) Would you wash your body with a stinky washcloth?
It's pretty much a constant battle between myself and my roommate, as he has seemingly never thrown away a sponge in his life and the concept of squeezing it out and not leaving it wet in the sink is totally foreign to him. I've actually gotten in the habit of microwaving the sponges (my helpful home tip!) when he's not around so I don't have explain why I threw another one away after it made my hand smell like the inside of a tauntaun.