Dishwashing Helpers For Under $10.00

April 18, 2017

Hey ya'll, it's me!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Mine was grand, with worship, music, fellowship with my church family, and food afterward at the 'grub Sunday' meal. We really do have the best cooks in the county. At home later, we rested, then I made dirty rice and jambalaya for supper. Don't be too impressed, it was Tony Chachere's Box dinners! But it was good.

I really enjoyed the holiday weekend, because the Redneck was off on Good Friday. We got a lot of errands done, and I picked up a couple of things to help me in my dishwashing chores. I never just buy gadgets, I spend time deciding if it will be useful enough to justify the expense and upkeep. The two I'm about to show have met my criteria.

I enjoy watching YouTube cleaning videos, especially the speed cleaning ones, and I had been seeing this little gadget on many of them.

It's a 'palm scrubber' for dishes. You put dish soap in the little compartment, and pop the black rubber lid back on. To use, you just press down on the rubber cap, and it dispenses a drop or two of soap onto the plate or pan you want to wash. You add a bit of water, scrub the item clean, then rinse and put aside to dry. I love this, because I don't have to stack dishes on the counter or in the sink to wait until I have enough to justify a sink of dishwater to wash them. Yes, I have a dishwasher, yet I only use it on the days that I don't have time to keep up with dishes, for example, the weekends when my family has a lot of errands to run or church activities take a large chunk of the day. I even use it on the days that Obie and I walk to town and back. On those days I am thankful for the blessing of the dishwasher, and I joyfully use it. But on normal weekdays, I am quite able to keep up with the dishes, so by the time supper is over, I only have a few dinner plates, silverware and serving bowls to wash. This little goodie will help me keep from piling plates even more, and it only cost around $2.50. You can find them in the kitchenware section of your grocery or big box store. Hint: while I haven't had a problem with an accidental drip of soap from this, I do keep it in a pretty glass on the windowsill, just in case.

Now, as a seasoned Thriftologist, I've been a 'plastic baggie' washer from back in the day when Amy Dacyczyn wrote THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE. I get a LOT of use out of the good ones with a zipper lock, and sometimes the thinner ones too, but not as much. I quickly wash them inside out in the fresh dishwater, rinse them well, and drape them over something to hold them until they are dry. Normally the 'something, is a lotion bottle or soap dispenser by the sink, but if I have more than a couple of bags to dry, it can get a little tricky. I also wash certain plastic bottles for the Redneck to take Kool Aid in his lunch box, and they just don't get dry enough if set on the counter. 

I was looking through the posts in my Fermenter's Kitchen group on Facebook the other day, and I saw this gadget that a lady used to dry her kombucha bottles on. I realized it was a baby bottle dryer, and thought how it would do well for my bottles, and it would probably ROCK as a baggie dryer rack too!

I found this for around $7.00. I'm certain you can find one used at a yard sale or even from a family member whose little one has passed the bottle stage, making it an even better deal. 

I like how it can be stored folded flat like this. When not in use, it slides right into a cabinet and out of the way, so no counter clutter.

Here it is in use. It works wonderfully. There's even a small tray in the front to hold the caps to the bottles. I really like how well it works for drying those 'shower cap' bowl covers. 

Well, those are my two little triumphs for the weekend. I can't think of a better way to end this post than with a picture of two cats snoozing in a chair....

Stripe and Fraidy are getting big!

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017