When my husband and I got married, I made sure he knew that I had one major requirement in the household appliance department: a dishwasher! I could not would not live in a home without a dishwasher.
I think that stems back to my teenage years when our dishwasher went out and, whether to save money or teach us kids a lesson, my stepdad did not replace it for a long time. My brother and I had to wash and dry the dishes every night. Of course, my younger sister was “too young” to help and my brother, well, he was much more a nuisance than a help.
All that to say, I have never, in all my adult years, felt the need to own a dish drain. Why bother when the only dishes I wash are pots and pans (and I’ll even stick them in the dishwasher if they aren’t too nasty and there’s room for them) and a handful of items that aren’t dishwasher safe, though I usually avoid using or buying those kind of dishes?
So, usually, when I wash pots and pans, one side of my sink looks like this:
And, seriously, that’s on a good day. Often they’re piled much higher than that and there have been times where I’ve had to dry and put away the first big batch before I could finish.
The thing I’ve always hated about that is having one side of my sink out of commission. (Unless, of course, I immediately dry the dishes and put them away…like that’s ever going to happen. Didn’t you read what I said about hating to wash and dry dishes?). That means any newly dirty dishes that won’t fit in the dishwasher get piled on the counter or, if I’m washing fruits and veggies in the other side, there’s nowhere free for hand-washing in the kitchen.
I got three of the 16X18 inch mats – one each in sage, gray and cream. They are so thick and soft and the colors are beautiful! They’re made of microfiber weave, so they’re super-absorbent, and they dry much more quickly than a dish towel, but the thickness allows dishes to kind of sink down into the drying mat, protecting your glassware and casserole dishes.
Key features include:
- Unique weave channels water away from dishes
- Foam thickness allows glasses to dry without tipping over
- Breathable microfiber enables air to flow around the drying items
- Faster drying than a tradition kitchen towel
- Two-sided use (if you’re not OCD like me and it really bugs you to see the tag sticking up)
- Machine washable and dryable
- Folds for simple and easy storage (You can’t say that about a plastic dish rack!)
The dish drying mat features a unique patented process for securing the layers of the dish mat together – two microfiber sides with an inner layer of foam, which are flame laminated together. This process enables the dish mat to be machine washed and dried repeatedly without the layers separating.
In addition to taking my sink from this (remember: this is on a good day):
I’ve found another near daily use for my dish drying mat that I love. Now that I’m eating healthier, I wash fruits and veggies nearly every day. Have you seen those studies that have shown that your kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest, most germ-filled places in your house?
Who wants to put clean, freshly-washed food back into a germ-filled sink? Not me, so I was wasting lots of paper towels since dumping the fruits and veggies onto the counter wasn’t really something I wanted to do either and kitchen towels can seem kind of gross, too – you never know how well the kids really washed their hands before they dried them on that towel.
This makes a much better solution:
The dish drying mats are available from Amazon for $8.99.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.