My kids are responsible for clearing their dishes after meals. In an effort to shrink the constant pile of dirty dishes next to the sink, the dishes are supposed to be scraped and placed straight in the dishwasher. Problem: the kids rarely notice if the dishes already in the diswasher are clean or dirty. Result: either they stash their dirty dishes in with the clean ones, or they yell ARE THE DISHES DIRTY? The answer is a simple yes or no from me, but why get involved when it's not necessary?
A tiny problem in the scheme of things, but worthy of solving nonetheless. Thanks to my mother in-law, here's an easy fix:
As soon as you empty the dishwasher, refill the soap cups. That way, when anyone opens the dishwasher, if they see soap, they know the dishes are dirty. No soap: clean dishes.