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Dish Rack

Martha Stewart Living, November 1995

Use a cookie sheet to catch drips, and your drying rack won't have to hover at the sink's edge anymore. Available at restaurant-supply stores, the sheet has one-inch vertical sides to prevent runoff wherever you place it. And since it's made of metal, it resists mildew better than a rubber tray or a dish towel.

Comments (17)

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    This is a brilliant thought! I have been looking for a small drain board and can't find one in the right size. I have beautiful tile and the grout doesn't respond to having a towel resting on it.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My husband and I have a sink with a lip that's quite a bit higher than the counter, so we do have trouble with flooding of our sink area. I am definitely going to try this. I just signed up with Martha Stewart Living and wondered if I had made the right choice because I often sign up for newsletters and never read them. But after this I will always read information from this website.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    The lip on my sink is too high to allow a tray to drain into the sink. Since my dishwasher gave up the ship a few months ago and I have not had the $$ to replace it yet, (and it is just to the left of my sink) I let my dishes drain off a little bit in the side sink and then put them in the dishwasher to dry. Works just fine.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    But the reason you but the rubber tray next to the sink is because there's a lip that will hang over the edge of the sink and the tray is slightly angled so the water drains into the sink. It won't mold or mildew if it dries between uses.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    I use a square of the blue (small-sized) Sham-wow. Actually, unless we are having company, ALL the "handwash" dishes can be layered loosely on the Sham-wow so I don't have to wrestle with an unsightly dish rack at all! Sham-wow air dries very quickly and can then be folded in quarters and tucked inside a cabinet until needed again.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    that cookie sheet is aluminum and they have them at COSTCO

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    that cookie sheet is aluminum and they have them at COSTCO

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    I tried this. It works great for a while but then the cookie sheet started to rust.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    I've always used a decorative dish towel and have never had mildew. And I live in Florida.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    Wouldn't the cookie sheet rust? I use the towel also, it works good with or without a rack.

  • 15 Jun, 2010

    How would I make my cookies? This seems like more work to me. Not to mention I've already spent money on the drain tray I have.

  • 17 Jul, 2009

    Instead of a cookie sheet or matching plastic drainboard, I use it dish towel folded in half. Hang over rack to dry after water has drained from dishes - toss in laundry at end of week!

  • 6 Jun, 2009

    This needs a drainer.

  • 6 Jun, 2009

    with the heat in Florida that cookie sheet would become a peatree dish

  • 4 Jun, 2009

    I've used a cookie sheet at various vacation houses when a drying rack wasn't provided.

  • 4 Jun, 2009

    I like it because it's so simple.

  • 4 Jun, 2009

    Just too too simple!
    Another "Why didn't I think of that?"