Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dish Dryer Mat Storage


Recently, I discovered the best invention ever for my kitchen. Well, at least for drying my dishes. OK, to be totally honest, the best invention for my kids to utilize when they scrub the pots that don't go in the dishwasher.

For years, I had a plastic dish rack with a thick, plastic mat that went under it to direct all the water droplets toward the sink. They were country blue. Remember those racks? And that color? Yeah, I'm showing my age. Anyway, mine were old, cracked, and nasty looking, so we never used them. They just took up precious cabinet space under my kitchen sink.

Enter the super-absorbent, microfiber, dish drying mat. It allows me my kids to place dishes neatly on the counter to drip dry without the dishes slipping onto the floor and without water spilling everywhere.

The only problem is where and how to store it when it's not in use. After wrestling it into the cabinet under my sink for a few weeks, I finally hit on the idea of hot gluing a clothespin to the inside of the cabinet door. I simply fold the mat in half, clip, and close the door. It's out of the way, and it can dry easily. Best of all, I can throw it in the washing machine with my dishtowels.