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.
To those who have stains - sit a nice towel on top of it or go get some new ones when they are on sale. I saw the small ones before Christmas for $3.99 each.
I recently moved and don't have a dishwasher here so had to go buy drainboard and strainer.
This is also my first time with well water and the drainboard I bought did not have enough of a tilt. I was getting water everywhere and major salt spots. I was trying everything to prop up the back of the drainboard so water would drain into the sink and of course it was a huge headache.
I saw a drying mat in use at Thanksgiving at MIL's house and raved about it so much that hubby got me a really big one for Christmas, (He is the absolute worst gift giver- but he's adorable :).
I have already used it for all of the reasons mentioned, and arrived here while Googling - "how often to wash dish drying mat". I use it under the drainer instead of the crappy drainboard and also by itself. Today I found out how great if is for sitting my washed veggies on. Love it!
Thanks for all the info!
I love this mat, but stains have appeared that won't wash out. I don't prepare or place food on it. I am tempted to bleach it and sun dry. Any tips?
As a mom, I love this product! I would check out The Dish Drying Mat's facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalDi...). They're currently having a contest where the first 500 applicants get a a free Dish Drying Mat and the grand prize is $1000 to Bed Bath and Beyond!
my daughter got me a dish drying mat for Christmas and it's fast becoming one of my favorite things...now I'd love a large one as a bath mat...possible ?
my mat has stains on it and I have tried everything to clean it! can you help me?
There are always things left over that have to be dried on the side. A cloth that really absorbs all the water is perfect!
I place my dishes on kitchen towels to dry (not an option in your poll) so I am thinking that I must have one (or 2) of these!
I have to admit I have never seen this dish drying mat and I need one! I usually just grab a dish towel to put dishes washed by hand. but this would be so much better. You sold me!
Well, this is certainly interesting. I am not a dishwasher person either. And I use a drainer, plastic, but this is intriguing. Because I always seem to have something left over or I don't want it scratched or hurt in anyway. This could be very useful. Thanks Jimmie.