Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Instant Drying Rack

You'll be saddened to learn our dishwasher just isn't washing. We've given up on it while we look into options for our water softener, which may need to be replaced. We're certainly disheartened at the renewed lack of a dishwasher and the unhappy cost of another new appliance, but at least I figured out a trick to help manage our dishes as they dry.

I've realized our little dish rack wasn't really designed to hold a meal's worth of dishes. Cups right on a towel (right side up or upside down), of course, never seem to dry.

So I put a towel on the counter and added a cooling rack. Presto! Perfectly dry cups by morning!

Eventually, the dishwaser will return to service, but I plan to continue to use this little trick because we don't use the drying feature on the dishwasher. Why pay the electricity for something air can do? We just open up the dishwasher. If you catch it right at the end of a cycle, everything dries in the steam very quickly. If you miss it, though, the cups usually need a little bit longer and this rack is just the thing.

It works for me!


  1. Great Ideal thanks. That would make things a bit faster too.

  2. Great idea! I've got several cooling racks I could use. :D

  3. When our dishwasher stopped working, I used IT as a giant dishrack. Lots of room and you can close the door on the drying dishes if someone comes over.

  4. That's so simple, it's brilliant!

  5. Great Idea! Blessings, Whitney

  6. Mom ingenuity at work! Love it!

  7. Just like in the old days!

    I remember that too well.

    God bless you for such a happy spirit.....with a broken dishwasher and all!


  8. I don't think I've ever had so many people comment on a post before. Welcome!

    Milehimama, using the dishwasher is also a great idea. I did that myself tonight when my little cooling rack got full.

    Wanda, my spirit is not as happy as it sounds on the blog, but I am trying. After all, my poor husband has struggled with this dishwasher for a month and I know he feels bad enough already.

    The water softener guy is coming Thursday night, so we might just have a running dishwasher in about 24 hours. Is there a saint for dishwashers?


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