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Clean Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

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Are you tired of trying to guess if the dishes are clean or dirty? Then you need this simple DIY clean dirty dishwasher magnet in your life right now.  With this dishwasher magnet, you’ll never have to wonder again!

Cleaning hacks, like this dishwasher magnet, have saved me so much time.  Some of my other favorite cleaning tips are these showing you How To Clean Your Oven and Washing Machine Cleaning Tips.

two dishwasher magnets sitting on a cutting board next to two spoons. One side is black and says dirty, the other one is white and says clean

Clean & Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

I am pretty sure I am not the only one who gets asked: “Mom, are the dishes clean or dirty?”  In fact, I hear this question several times a week. So in an effort to help answer this question before it gets yelled in my direction from across the house (again), I decided I needed a magnet that I can stick to my dishwasher.

But I have standards. Looking around the internet, I couldn’t find one that I LOVED, or that met my persnickety criteria. 😉 It needed to be simple, small, reversible, beautiful fonts, and black + white. I also wanted it to be able to get my kids to do the dishes without being nagged, or without whining. But, you know. 5 out of 6 ain’t bad. The result? BEHOLD:

a bottle of Mod Podge, circular magnets, a foam paint brush, scissors and the clean or dirty free printable

DIY Clean Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Dishwasher Magnet Printable (download below)
  • Printer & paper (no specialty paper needed here! Just plain ole white paper folks)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam or paint brush
  • 1 1/2″ heavy duty magnets (make sure your magnet will stick to the dishwasher from both sides)

a foam brush has just painted mod podge over a circular magnet with the clean dishwasher free printable

How To Make Your Dishwasher Magnet

  1. First, download our clean or dirty dishwasher magnet printable (there are several to a sheet so you can make these for friends or family. That’s how awesome these are. Or you can be selfish and use an editing program to just print off one set. Your choice. We won’t judge.)
  2. Cut out both the clean and dirty circles.
  3. Wash + dry your magnet to make sure there is no dirt or other nasty stuff that could jeopardize the look of your incredibly awesome and swoon-worthy magnet.
  4. Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the magnet, place one of the circles on it, then repeat on the other side.
  5. Once semi-dry, use scissors to clean up the edges around the magnet that might be hanging over.
  6. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the top, bottom, and sides as a sealer, to protect your priceless treasure.
  7. Once completely dry, place on your dishwasher and hear those angels sing!

a hand holding up a dishwasher magnet with the white side that says clean on it facing the camera

With a few supplies, and you’ll have a life-saving (kinda) dishwasher magnet in no time!  And that’s it!

Other Helpful Cleaning Printables

a hand holding up a dishwasher magnet with the black side that says dirty on it facing the camera

Free Dishwasher Printable

I absolutely love mine. Now your family won’t have to wonder if the dishes are clean or dirty!  My only regret? It doesn’t magically make my kids do the dishes. Without whining. If you can figure out how to make that happen, let me know okay?   Now if I can only get them to look at it…

Click here to download our dishwasher circles for your own magnet!

As with all of our printables on Somewhat Simple, these clean or dirty dishes printables are for personal use only. Please do not mass-produce them without our permission (ask us first, we are super nice!) and don’t claim them as your own. Most importantly, do not sell these in your Etsy shop! (It happens!) 

looking down on two dishwasher magnets sitting on the counter. One is black and says dirty, the other is white and says clean.

This post originally published in March 2014, but was updated in 2018 with a new, super hot and trendy printable.

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