No word of a lie here is our exchange tonight-
"OP, this dishwasher is dirty"
"Yes, MIL, because there are dirty dishes in it"
"Well aren't you meant to clean them first before putting them in?"
"No, that would defeat the purpose of a dishwasher wouldn't it?"
"Well that doesn't sound right to me. how do you keep the dishwasher clean then?"
"When the dishes get cleaned the inside also becomes clean".
"So it sits there dirty the rest of the time? What's the point of having a clean kitchen when you have dirty things inside a dishwasher?"
"MIL, it's a DISHWASHER. Nobody is looking inside."
"No but it will smell and attract cockroaches"
"MIL I don't think you understand. It's not the same scraps sitting there. It's kind of like a bin. It gets emptied out..."
"No OP. This is no good at all. I'd rather just wash up."
"Well I'm using the dishwasher."
I'm banging my head in frustration and MIL has gone to bed to sulk.
(They NEVER used the dishwasher in the four years they lived here)