Close-ups of the grossness:
Disgusting. So I did what every person does when faced with a dilemma - I asked my Mom what she suggests. She suggested soaking them in vinegar water, then washing them again in the dishwasher. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? Everyone knows my crush on vinegar with laundry - time to start in the kitchen!
About ten minutes after talking to my mom I already had the utensils in the sink, ready for their hot water vinegar bath!
After their soak, the whole lot looked like a new set of utensils!!! And did I mention it required ZERO scrubbing?!
I ultimately ran them through the dishwasher as a means to start fresh and new, then back to the utensil holder they go! But not before a quick photo shoot on the counter.
Luke thought I had lost it: "What are you taking pictures of now?"
"Look at how clean the spoons are!" Sheer giddiness and excitement on my part.