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Monday, October 02, 2017

Dish drainers- do you or do you not?



In March of 2012, I asked if any of y'all used a dish drainer.  To be very honest, I was shocked that most of you did not use one!  I thought EVERYONE used one!!  

Since that day, I've been thinking about NOT having one.  Yes, I realize that was FIVE years ago, but still, the idea has been in the back of my mind this whole time.  I'm just sooooo over how much counter space the dish drainer takes up. 

I challenged myself to go the whole month of June of this year without using the dish drainer.  I did it and LOVED it!!  I finally threw the dish drainer away two weeks ago (yes, in September!!!). HAHA!  I guess I was scared I'd suddenly "need" it again???  

Here's how it looked with the dish drainer on the counter top...






Here's what I've been doing- washing dishes then laying them on top of a dish towel.  I do put almost everything in the dishwasher, but for the things that I hand wash, I've been washing them and laying them on the towel.  Great thing about this is that I DO NOT like the dishes laying on the counter so I am forced (by myself.. no one MAKES me do this) to immediately deal with the dishes. I dry them off and put them up right away.  Then I'll just hang the towel to dry.  









Aaaaahhhhh the counter looks SO much less cluttered without the dish drainer.  YAY!!!!  





Y'all please share links to your blogs if you've shared about your dish drainer or lack of a dish drainer before.  

Happy home keeping!!!


10 comments:

Wendi said...

Like you, I use a dish towel. I only have a handful of things that require I handwash, and I don't use them daily. My mother-in-law uses a dish drying mat. It's nice, but I then think about where I would store it, so I keep using the dish towel. :)

E L Feelgood's Vintage said...

I don't use a dish drainer at all or a tea towel. It's dishwasher all the way haha!

#twinklytuesday

Mrs. U said...

Wendi!!! You were one of the comments from my 2012 blog post!!! And I can see your old profile photo of you and little Megan!!! SOOOOOO SWEET!!!!

I've wondered about where to store the dish trying mat, too. And if I stored it under my sink in the cabinet, would it dry properly??? And can they be laundered?

Mrs. U said...

Hi E L!!!!

Oh yes I sooo understand dishwasher love!!! At the end of the day (which is when I always run mine), I cannot fit all my pots and pans in there. Do you run your dishwasher more than once a day? I guess that'd be the only way I could do that.

Jennifer said...

Hello! I don't have a dishwasher, and so all dishes get washed by hand. I do have a dish drainer and as much as I'd love to live without it I need it. I dry off my dishes and put them away right away, and then the counter looks tidy. I've started putting my dish drainer off to the side (under my sink holds my garbage and compost so that's off limits). I agree that the counter is much better without it. I also use a special thick drying matt and they wash great and hold lots of water for draining big items. If you can hang it over the front of your stove, it's the best place to dry it off.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mrs U, this is the first link I've checked out from Sarah's link party. Just *had* to pop in and see what you had to say about the dish drainer issue! I haven't had a dish drainer for at least 10 years, and I don't miss the ugly thing at all. The dish towel method works just fine. As soon as it dries, it goes right into the laundry.

Mummascribbles said...

We use a dish drainer and now I'm asking myself why! We also put most stuff in the dishwasher so it's mostly the kids plastic plates that go on the drainer! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday and sorry for the late commenting

Mrs. U said...

Hi Jennifer!!! I'd love to know what kind of drying mat you have and REALLY like that it dries quickly!!

Great idea to store your dish drainer under the cabinet!!

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Mrs. U

Mrs. U said...

Hi Jean!!!! HOORAY for dish drainer freedom!! HAHA!!!

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Mrs U

Mrs. U said...

Hi Mummascribbles!!!

TOTALLY hear ya about the children's plastic plates!!!! Seems easier just to hand wash them because they are always being used. :)

Thank you for hosting the link up!! Always fun!!

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Mrs. U

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