Rebecca Cubberly’s life hack caught the attention of social media users after she posted it online–though not all feedback was positive. The mother will never have to wash dinner plates again, but some users were quick to call her out for being lazy. The woman from Telford, Shropshire in the United Kingdom has found an interesting way to never do dishes again. When her family is preparing to eat their meal, she places a sheet of aluminum foil over each plate. Apparently, this works every single time!
If you want to minimize the number of dishes at the end of every night, then avoid using dinner plates and cutlery throughout the day. Rebecca Cubberly, mother of three, doesn’t hand out knives and forks when she sets the table for dinner. She covers each plate with tinfoil so she can simply crush it up when she’s done and toss it into the wastebasket. This system is quicker and easier than doing dishes every night.
The 28-year-old mother attracted criticism for her wasteful habits. People feel that she uses too much aluminum foil, as she lays a sheet across each plate and then asks her family to eat with their fingers.
Due to her being a mom of two, Cubberly’s daily routine is packed with chores and errands. To cut back on time spent cleaning, she hopes to reduce the number of dishes she washes every day.
“We like picky meals and this way is more fun and the clean up afterward was great, I had a knife and a chopping board to clean,” she stated.
The meal pictured was cooked in an air fryer to avoid having to use extra dishes by cooking it on the stovetop. Furthermore, she refrained from giving out utensils to avoid having to wash them after the meal. She enthusiastically encouraged her family of five to use their fingers to pick at the food and create whatever meals they wanted.
According to Cubberly, she saved 30 minutes of cleaning time by using this life hack: after dinner, she sent Karl to the bathroom where he bathed Jack (6) and Evie (4), while mom relaxed.
“I normally spend about half an hour cleaning up after a meal like that and it’s a long time to spend cooking and cleaning after a long day. It was that easy I told my husband to do bath time and I’d tidy up. I thought, ‘There is no washing up, so I’ll do it tonight and he can have the difficult job of doing bath time.’”
Cubberly’s children loved playing with the aluminum foil so much, she FaceTimed with grandma to show off their skills.
“We’ll 100 percent be doing it again, we’ll be trying it with lots of different things like pizza and plowman’s or when we have a picky tea or when I’m just not in the mood to wash up.”