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Sink Solutions

Martha Stewart Living, May 2006

Don't let kitchen rags and dishwashing gloves clutter the sink area. Instead, hang them from hooks screwed to the inside of a cabinet door, where the items can stay out of sight as they dry. A grommet-setting kit (below: available at hardware stores) lets you make tear-proof holes in cloth, rubber, and other soft materials. Place a tray just inside the cabinet to corral cleaning supplies and catch water that drips from wet gloves.

Comments (34)

  • 22 May, 2013

    I took a tea towel, put grommets in each corner, folded it over and loosely sewed two sides with elastic string. I hang this from hooks on the inside of the door below the kitchen sink (3M Command hooks don't damage the door). The opening stretches as needed. This is where I place my tea towels when they have been used and are waiting to go in the wash -- they are usually dry or only slightly damp, and I have no problem with mold. Love the rubber glove idea -- just dry them with a tea towel.

  • 21 May, 2013

    Love this idea, but were did you get the pink gloves and matching hand/dish towel...

  • 12 Jan, 2013

    The only thing I could add would be, hanging a non adhesive clear plastic shelf liner over the hooks and taping it to the bottom corners before hanging the wet items on the hooks. This would protect the cabinet from the damp items and taping it to the corners would keep it in place. Using 3M adhesive works well on most surfaces and does not harm the surface. Or seal the inside door with a clear varnish. Because, I know my cabinets will lose the stain and warp over time when exposed to water.

  • 12 Jul, 2012

    Love the under-sink grommet idea! I keep a plastic box on one side for stuff I use only occasionally. I keep a short wide-mouth jar in there, too, where I stand up various brushes for easy retrieval. On the other side I keep a lazy susan for the supplies I use in the kitchen area almost every day. If you have posted this lazy susan idea before, I apologize. It is something my mom has done for years and years (also for spice jars in the cabinets - and condiments in the fridge!).

  • 28 Nov, 2011

    Every week or so, turn them inside out and hang to dry overnight. The next morning, dust them very lightly with cornstarch before reversing them. Cornstarch makes them comfortable, drier, and easier to put on. I have a clothes pin on a string above my kitchen sink so the gloves get plenty of air. and the gloves last longer, too.

  • 25 Oct, 2011

    I use binder clips and 3M Command adhesive hooks to hang rubber gloves but not wet dish cloths. You can buy the clips in an assortment of colors and sizes. This also works for setting printed recipes aside. I make a week of menus and any recipes I may need for the week I attach to the inside of a cupboard door. That way I'm not searching through cookbooks or on the internet for the planned recipe.

  • 8 Oct, 2011

    I bought binder clips in various sizes, and used to clip the gloves under sink. I suggest letting the gloves dry some over the ledge of sink before putting under cabinet, that may be causing the odor... I have even used the clips to keep some of my chips, or frozen bags clipped, after opening.

  • 26 Apr, 2010

    I always use gloves and love the idea of the grommets with which to hang them! One problem I do have with gloves, tho, is that after many months of using them the insides begin to smell like dirty tennis shoes. Anybody have a solution for this problem? Thanks!

  • 26 Apr, 2010

    I'm always trying to think of the faster solution, so ..I glued a wooden clothespin on the door under my sink to hold my gloves, ( instead of going through the hassle of grommets, etc) ...... perfect to hold anything I want! Did the same thing next to the sink in my laundryroom too!

  • 25 Apr, 2010

    I keep two pairs of rubber gloves under my kitchen sink.I use a cheapy pair of thin yellow gloves for messy jobs, cleaning shrimp or raw chicken. The other is a thicker nicer pair. I use this pair for neater jobs. After using either pair I keep my gloves on and using really hot water and a lot of soap I wash and wash my gloved hands. After washing I'll towel dry the gloves and hang back up under my sink. I've never had a problem with this method.

  • 20 Mar, 2010

    After using rubber gloves, I always wash with soap and water and dry them as I would dry my own hands after a washing. It keeps them clean for next time and no dryer needed.

  • 16 Mar, 2010

    Good idea on the tags, Truek1w1! A way to use those scraps that are too small to use in other projects but too big to toss. I agree with Italianjean's hand lotion idea. I use this for MAJOR dry skin: put a teaspoon of sugar in your palm, and pour just enough extra virgin olive oil over it to moisten. Scrub thoroughly and rinse in cool water. Barely pat your hands dry, and put on your rubber gloves. The warm dishwater will aid absorption of the remaining oil. My hands feel great after this!

  • 16 Mar, 2010

    If you put the items with grommets on them in a lengerie(sp) bag before you wash or dry them you won't have a problem with them damaging your dryer. OR you could just hang them to dry and not put them in the dryer.

  • 16 Mar, 2010

    How do you keep the grommets on the hand towels from damaging the inside of the dryer?

  • 16 Mar, 2010

    How do you keep the grommets on the hand towels from damaging the inside of the dryer?

  • 16 Mar, 2010

    This is a great Idea! I put Cure'l Ulta Healing on before I put on rubber gloves and your hands are so soft after you won't believe it.
    I've allready put the hooks up. Its GREAT!

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    I'm going to try this, but I think in answer to jenji's issue with the grommet, myabe just sew a tag on the rag. I'm going to.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    I like the idea for the rubber gloves (they will dry quickly, and the inside of my cabinet door is not wood so I don't have to worry about mildew), but I wouldn't do it for the rag. First of all, if you're not careful, you risk scratching delicate items with the grommet while washing. Plus, the length of time it would take for the rag to dry (even in an arid region) means the grommet could rust. Best to attach a plastic bulldog clip or chip bag-clip to the door instead.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    This idea seems perfect for a very dry area, like, Utah, where I live now. Things dry overnight. But in a humid area, like Atlanta, where I used to live, it wouldn't be practical. Things do mildew quickly! This idea would work for me!

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    To "recyclced treasures."
    You are shopping at the wrong store. You should go to your local CRAFTS and/or SEWING store for the large sized grommets. They are sure to have them, with an easy tool to clamp them on.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    If you are renting and do not wish to perminantly put hooks in the doors concider the 3M hooks that stick on and come off. I like the idea and have an old pan that has had it.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    If you are renting and do not wish to perminantly put hooks in the doors concider the 3M hooks that stick on and come off. I like the idea and have an old pan that has had it.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    To "recyclced treasures."
    You are shopping at the wrong store. You should go to your local CRAFTS and/or SEWING store for the large sized grommets. They are sure to have them, with an easy tool to clamp them on.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    I have done similiar project for damp not wet dish cloth and towel, hung on a swing out metal arms. One arm for each item. But mold and damage to the door was bad. I didn't catch until the door had to be refinished to get rid of the mold. Possibly if I hung the swing out metal arms further in the cabinet, so not touching door, I wouldn't have had the problem, but a long reach. Was too discouraged to try again.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    Any suggestions on where to purchase a grommet kit? My local hardware stores only carry the ugly bright brass color and very small grommet sizes. Would like at least 1 1/2" grommets for curtains too.

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    What happens when the wet dish cloth and wet gloves come in contact with the wood? Let me tell ya; lots of damage to the wood to say nothing of the mold. Ah, I'll bet know one thought about the mold on the wood from the wet cloth and gloves. Yuk!!!!

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    I like the basic idea,, but do not want to put [filtered word] in the cabinet door(renting) so I got heavy duty Velcro works great !!

  • 15 Mar, 2010

    I like the basic idea,, but do not want to put [filtered word] in the cabinet door(renting) so I got heavy duty Velcro works great !!

  • 18 Jul, 2009

    I don't think they meant dish washcloths as much as the microfiber cloths/kitchen "rags" you use to wipe appliances clean, etc. Those don't really get wet, just damp with cleaning products that really wouldn't mildew.

  • 1 Jul, 2009

    Yes...mildew heaven...is she kidding??? And I thought she was the Queen of Clean! Think I am re-thinking this one.

  • 30 Jun, 2009

    I can just smell the mildew and mold.....By the time my kitchen cloths dried out it would be time to use them again

  • 30 Jun, 2009

    I don't like the fact that I'd be hanging wet things on the inside of my cabinet and have the wet things touching the inside of my cabinet door. In time that would definitely cause damage. Sometimes Martha is just a wee bit inpracticle for me.

  • 30 Jun, 2009

    This is a great idea but things should be dry before putting under sink. Wet under sink, perfect atmosphere for roaches, silverfish, etc.

  • 30 Jun, 2009

    I like this idea... under my sink is a complete nightmare!