Staying on top of Our Dishes + Free Printable Chore Chart

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Y’all. The amount of dishes I gotta do everyday sometimes makes me want to cry. Seriously. If all 6 of us eat all 3 meals here, (and do about 4 days a week) that adds up to 18 plates A DAY! It truly seems I can never get caught up. I’m super thankful for my big family, but can somebody please send me a dish fairy?

Tips to stay on top of dishwashing. #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias- use the best dishwasher detergent!

Yes, that is 18 plates, a representation of a normal day for us!

Since that’s probably not going to happen, I’m so glad two of my kids are old enough to start helping.  Also, having a dishwasher to do the bulk of the work is awesome. Even though I am not the “wash the dishes before I wash the dishes” kind of gal (in other words, most of my dishes go straight into the dishwasher), the dishes definitely don’t get pre-washed when the kids are loading the dishes. And not every dishwasher detergent can handle this. My natural inclination is to buy the cheapest thing on the shelf BUT if I have to re-wash the whole load, using more detergent and more water, that is not saving any money!

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The other day while in Wal-Mart, I picked up the Quantum Finish dishwasher tablets. This has got to be the best dishwasher detergent ever! Even when my kids loaded (and started- hallelujah!) the dishwasher, the dishes come out sparkling. (Be sure if you let your kids help with the dishes to supervise them with the detergent.)

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Speaking of kids helping, I love having chore charts for my kids. Even though they don’t actually “check off” the chores each day, it just serves as a visual reminder of what they need to do that day. As a bonus, I created a free printable that you can use with your kids!

You can click here to be taken to the free printable.

Free printable chore chart! Help your kids learn their responsibilities with this fun chore chart!Wal-Mart has rolled back their price for Finish dishwasher detergent until October for #SparklySavings. Stack those low prices with the coupon on this page, and it’s a great time to stock up! #collectivebias

Great prices and the best dishwasher detergent makes 18 plates a day a little more manageable! What are your tips for staying on top of the dishes?


About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!


  1. Doing them right away is what I do, so stuff doesn’t dry on.
    Also, sometimes I rinse things that aren’t really all that dirty (like a strainer that just got used for soething not greasy and my good knives) while I cook and just put them on the drying rack, as opposed to in the sink where they will get a pile of stuff on top and eventually do get dirty.
    I’ll have to try this detergent! I usually pre-wash pretty good, because stuff won’t come clean and I’ve always blamed the DW for it instead of the detergent.