I Am Woman, Hear Me Gag

I Am Woman, Hear Me Gag

When I was dying on the couch I had a really good view of the dishwasher. What I saw was disturbing… a leak!

As it happens, we had a contractor coming the next morning to finish up some work in the basement so I had him take a look. He felt it could be one of two things.

  1. The gasket, which if broken was a bitch of a repair and likely it will leak again so it would be best to get a new machine.
  2. It might be debris caught in the seal and all it needs is a good clean.

As appealing as getting a new dishwasher instead of cleaning it was, I decided to get out the paper towel.

I opened the dishwasher to my horror. I had shown a virtual stranger this?! It was so disgusting I was having trouble even approaching the task. I guess I load the dishes, Minime unloads them and they come clean so I never really looked at the seals closely. I am warning you, what I am about to show you WILL scar you for life. Especially if you are invited over for dinner at one point. I will be ok if you bring your own paper plates as long as you bring the meal too.


This was a job for more than just paper towel.

I got the Q-Tips, the vinegar and water and a scrubby sponge and went to it. It took almost an hour to get from the first photo to the second. Then I gave one further wipe and got the third photo. Are you F’n kidding me! Another 15 minutes and I felt the dishwasher was presentable.

You know what?

It fucking worked!* The dishwasher no longer leaks. I am woman, hear me roar!

* Please don’t tell Mister that cleaning can solve easy household problems. I will never hear the end of it.


  1. Some years ago, we had gotten a new dishwasher and after only a few times using it, it wasn’t working. ! We called for our under warranty repair and I was all snotty and rude to the repair guy because I was thinking my brand new appliance was a piece of crap. He found a bunch of broken pieces of plastic ware stuck in the something or other. That’s what the problem was. Oh. Eat crow. Eat crow. Sorry.

  2. a) Ick.
    b) Pretty sure I’ve seen worse.
    c) 100% sure it was at my house.
    But it’s good to know that others share my ability to completely overlook the icky stuff until it’s reached epic proportions.

  3. you should get your own “fix it” show – what should we call it hmmmmm”No Fucks Given – A Woman’s Guide to House Maintenance?”…might need some help spitballing a title here

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