I was intrigued when I saw a dish drying mat, hanging in a store. I touched it and looked it over. It sounded too good to be true. Supposedly these mats hold four times their weight in water. I put it back, feeling very frugal.
During the next two weeks, as I filled up my tiny plastic dish drainer (my double decker dish drainer was left back in China), I kept wishing for that drying mat. It would be nice to have an absorbent surface to lay these extra dishes on. I cook from scratch, and even though I have a dishwasher right now, I still end up with a lot of things that don't fit or can't be put into a dish washer. That means I still do quite a few dishes by hand.
So I bought one!
And, wow, has it been handy! My purchase was just in time, too. I had a family of four as house guests, and I used the mat several times each day during food preparation and clean up. It worked like a charm. The claim that it holds four times its weight in water is absolutely true.
Now I think I should buy at least one more so that I have one to use while the other is being washed.