Water Drainage Problems!

@webeishere (36353)
United States
April 11, 2007 11:27am CST
Free standing dish racks. You know the type. These are the ones that you set on the counter. They have a mat for drainage etc. The rack sits on top of the rack. It's supposed to drain the water into the sink by gravataional actions. I use this a lot as I have no dishwasher. My problem I have is this... I have biought many different brands of said racks/drainage mats. I've spent anywhere from $2 up to $12 for these different brands. The problem is the drainage mat always seems to curl up to the point that water collects in the corners of the mat. The Rubbermaid brand I now have is so bad that the mat has curled up to the point it's litterally touching the underside of the rack itself. This water then starts to fall onto my counter setting and what not. Is there any type of mats for this that ACTUALLY drain all the water run off to the sink and not collect on the mat? I wished they made a felxible mat that drains actually. I can not find a soft drainage mat at all. They have sink mats but not the type for drainage of dishes etc. What oh what can I do with this. My wife gets mad at me because I toss the drainage mat aside setting the rack across the sinks edges as it fit perfectly. So anyone else have this situation? Any suggestions on a different product? Ive even used bath towels on the counter to set the washed dishes uopn. Haha! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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10 responses
• United States
11 Apr 07
i have a wooden dish rack-i took a wooden cutting board slightly larger that has channel grooves,attached a long bar to the back underside to elevate it at an angle and cut a notch in the front groove. then attached the dish frame to the cutting board. you only raise it enough not to heave the dishes forward,but enough to let the water drain down,it goes over the lip and right into the sink.
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
11 Apr 07
That's a fantastic idea!!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
11 Apr 07
This sounds like a possibility. My kitchen has 4 built in cutting boards. I'll have to try altering one for this purpose maybe. I'll treat it first so it's waterproof. Thanks for the suggestion. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
27 Apr 07
you're welcome~ and thank you for best response:)
@minnie_98214 (10573)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Hummm......one thought get a dishwasher. I use a towel and just dry the dishes when im done if for some reason I have to wash by hand. If mom gets mad tell her to come up with a better idea.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Maybe I'll ask grandpa to buy mom a dishwasher. Hahahaha!
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@creematee (2810)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Grandpa Bob, I so agree with you on the woes of the dish strainers. I have just totally given up on mine. I either use a cookie sheet under the strainer--I still have to dump the water, or thick bath towels to absorb it. My other thought is, do you have a double sink? If you do, could you just lay your strainer in the 2nd sink, and rince/drain them that way? I've done this before and it worked really well. Best wish and good luck with the dishwashing. :)
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• Philippines
11 Apr 07
You have a very nice quite funny post! Thanks for sharing this Granda Bob! Cheers and have a nice day ahead from Francis.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
I'm not sure I know what to say about dishdrains. They are handy, I will say that. Nice dog you have there, Gramps. What's his name?
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
11 Apr 07
That's my Beagle BUSTER. That's my youngest grandson Bubbah or Hunter. He just turned 5. He is an autistic child also. Thanks for asking also. GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I like to have both sinks clear so I have one for washing and one for rinsing.. But I had the same problem you are and I got aggravated over it so I decided to use a cookie sheet instead.. yes a large cookie sheet.. and now I just dump the water every time I empty the strainer.. and it works much better!
• United States
12 Apr 07
I used to have the same problem, and it was driving me crazy. I now have a different type that works great. It fits right in the second sink basin and it's just a flat piece of plastic with open slats for the water to run through. It cost a dollar. I have a separate silverware holder. If you can't find this style, you might look for a compact dish rack that will fit down in your sink basin. Good luck!
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
12 Apr 07
I don't have any useful advice for this. Mainly because I don't use a mat under the dish rack. Our sink has these little grooves, and the water drains down these into the sink. Of course, if I opverload the dish rack, which I often do, the water drips over the edges onto the surrounding cupboards. Sorry I can't help you with this.
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I have a dishwasher but I do wash those dishes that are not 'dishwasher safe'. I just use one of those drainage racks that rest over the sink (luckily, I have a double sink), and it does work quite nicely.
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Haha, I have the same problem. For the last few months I've just been putting dish towles down to drain them on. It works out much better for me because they absorb most of the water. I hope you can find a brand that works well so I can still the idea & get me one that will work too.