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Poll: What would you have done? (431 member(s) have cast votes)

You find a dead cockroach in the cutlery section of dishwasher which is filled with clean dishes. Do you:

  1. Calmly fish it out with tongs and unpack the dishwasher as usual? (95 votes [21.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.69%

  2. Remove the cockroach with a look of utter disgust on your face, then re-run the dishwasher? (304 votes [69.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 69.41%

  3. Leave the whole thing for someone else to deal with? (14 votes [3.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.20%

  4. Start googling the price of a new dishwasher? (4 votes [0.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.91%

  5. Burn your entire house down as this must be emblematic of a wider problem? (19 votes [4.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.34%

  6. Other? (2 votes [0.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.46%

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#1 eigne

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:39 AM

I considered all of these options but settled for rewashong the load. Should I have bothered?

#2 paddington_

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:42 AM

Leave it for DH, where he would no doubt re-run the load.

#3 Caribou

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:44 AM

Cockroaches are very clean creatures. and if he just went through a wash, he's even cleaner.

#4 coffy11

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:45 AM

I'd like to think by then the cockroach is dead and clean so not going to contaminate anything so i'm just going to fish it out.

But in reality I'd probably be so disgusted I'd get a new dishwasher

#5 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:47 AM

Does the cockroach look clean and well rinsed? If so, possibly the first option. If it looked like it had gone and died there after the wash had finished, then the second option.

#6 seayork2002

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:49 AM

Remove set the cycle again - then tell DH when I saw/spoke to him next to listen to him scream like Ned Flanders.

(I am the bug catcher in our place)

Edited by seayork2002, 13 February 2018 - 11:52 AM.


#7 lozoodle

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:51 AM

I'm lazy. I'd fish it out.

#8 Hands Up

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:53 AM

That would freak me out. I'd have to start the cycle again after fishing it out.

#9 Inkogneatoh

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:54 AM

It would depend on when the cockroach was found. Had he just gone through the wash? Or had the cleaned dishes been left in the open dish washer to air dry?

Personally, depending on how soon I needed the dishes, just rinse the cutlery under some hot water (or a freshly boiled kettle).

#10 PrincessPeach

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:54 AM

I'd fish it out & just do a quick wash.

I'd assume he would have done the entire load in there, so should be squeaky clean. But the thought of it means I'd have to re-wash.

#11 HRH Countrymel

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:55 AM

I would be more concerned that there was a cockroach at all.

I live in the promised land (Tasmania) and we do not have your foul and odious scuttling mainlander vermin.

#12 seayork2002

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:57 AM

 HRH Countrymel, on 13 February 2018 - 11:55 AM, said:

I would be more concerned that there was a cockroach at all.

I live in the promised land (Tasmania) and we do not have your foul and odious scuttling mainlander vermin.

It just twigged that second and I was about to come back and edited my response.

I guess now I think about if it got in the dishwasher the dishwasher itself then I would want to stop it happening again.

#13 Riotproof

Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:59 AM

 HRH Countrymel, on 13 February 2018 - 11:55 AM, said:

I would be more concerned that there was a cockroach at all.

I live in the promised land (Tasmania) and we do not have your foul and odious scuttling mainlander vermin.

That is the best reason I’ve ever heard that makes me think Tasmania might be okay to live in.

#14 Riotproof

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:02 PM

Btw, it is a sign you've got a problem. If you're in Sydney though, pretty much everyone has the problem. I imagine up in qld it's the same, but I don't know.

I buy strips from the supermarket which have a sticky side. It does seem to sort them out, otherwise I just haven't seen any lately.

#15 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:08 PM

I would empty the dishwasher, empty the cockroach into the bin, run a clean cycle with the cleaner stuff through it.  Then I would repack the dishwasher and run it through 2 full long cycles.  If I didn't do this I would throw out everything that was in the dishwasher.  DH would agree with me - we don't do bug things!

#16 suburban dystopia

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:10 PM

I would be disgusted, and fish out the cockroach. And run again, because squeamish/environment hater obviously.

If it were a huntsman? Hell to the no. I would need a new dishwasher or perhaps house.

I wonder how people would feel about the three mice I have rescued from our (indoor) cats over the past fortnight? I have surprised myself with my ability to scoop them in a dustpan and relocate them to the park over the road.

#17 BornToLove

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:14 PM

I’d fish it out, run the cycle again (extra hot too) and then start looking into pest control options.

#18 essentiallyme

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:30 PM

Fish it out and throw the tongs and then unpack.
I think rerunning the washer would be a waste of water.

Just reread and would rewash by hand the cutlery.

Edited by essentiallyme, 13 February 2018 - 12:35 PM.


#19 Rowenas Necklace

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:32 PM

I was tossing up between "leave it for someone else" (have absolutely done that before) and "burn the house down", but as I am now Very Brave, I would fish it out with a disgusted look (and probably several layers of something between me and it) and rewash the load.

No way would I just unpack the dishes - what if I find legs on them? :sick:

#20 Ailurophiliac

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:32 PM

I would admonish the cat for not doing their duty lol

Seriously I would just fish it out and rewash the cutlery

#21 Glittery Fairy

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:38 PM

i have a really bad phobia of cockroaches. i'd literally burn the house down.

#22 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:42 PM

 HRH Countrymel, on 13 February 2018 - 11:55 AM, said:

I would be more concerned that there was a cockroach at all.

I live in the promised land (Tasmania) and we do not have your foul and odious scuttling mainlander vermin.


Top ten Reasons to live in Tasmania.

1. No cockroaches
2. No cockroaches
3. No cockroaches
4. No cockroaches
5. Proximity to the Ebers known as cMel and eponee.
6. No cockroaches
7. No cockroaches
8. No cockroaches
9. The weather
10. No cockroaches

#23 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:56 PM

My facial expression would be just like Myra Licht from Episodes.
https://g.co/kgs/SrWmo6

#24 Daffy2016

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:58 PM

Burn down the house.

I cannot do cockroaches at all. In all honesty I would really struggle eating off those dishes again.

#25 arc en ciel

Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:58 PM

We've had a few dead cockies in the dishwasher. I just fish it out and throw it in the bin, no rewashing. Honestly, if there's one in your house chances are it's crawled through your cupboards anyway.




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