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  1. Kathy
    July 27, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

    I have a friend who’s VERY OCD. For instance, she follows her dog around the backyard with a plastic bag in hand. I’m sure you can figure out why. No freshly-worn shoe is allowed inside her house. Her newborn isn’t allowed to suck his thumb or have a pacifier to avoid a distorted mouth. She alphabetizes her spices. I could go on and on…

    Needless to say, no dish (dirty or clean) is EVER allowed to be left anywhere in her house except the kitchen cabinet or dishwasher. The horror would send her over the edge. VEB, I’m not saying that you’re anywhere near this level of OCDness. But I am surprised that the clutter of a dish rack with (God forbid) dishes in it wouldn’t bother the lovable perfectionist that you are. Maybe you could at least try living without one and see how it goes. It’s a thought…


  2. Sojourner
    August 1, 2018 @ 10:41 am

    Sodastream has a version made for I think Williams Sonoma, which looks somewhat like a penguin.
    It has glass bottles, which is what I like best about it, and it has a lifetime warranty! We have had ours
    for years, use it constantly, and only recently the penguin part broke, and they sent us a brand new one without any issue. I cannot even calculate how many plastic bottles we have avoided using, and we
    no longer drink water out of plastic.


  3. Julie
    August 5, 2018 @ 1:13 am

    *I* have a big, fancy dish rack that does NOT look like a dishrack! I found a large silverplate platter with fancy claw feet at a thrift store. My hand-washing goes on it to dry. Did you know silver kills germs?
    When my newly washed dishes are put to dry on the dishrack, I call it my fun game of Kerplunk! I pile them on, until things start to topple, then I say, “Oh, alright!” and begin drying things with a dish towel and put them away — or rather, I have my children do that. I didn’t nurse them all until they weaned themselves for nothing. I expect a little putting away of dishes and lawn mowing in return. Totally worth it.


  4. Bonnie Craven
    October 4, 2018 @ 4:12 am

    Hey, I love your kitchen dish rack. I am going to remodel my kitchen next month. I must add this to build my kitchen design. Thanks for the sharing this information.


  5. Julie
    November 10, 2018 @ 9:25 am

    In case it gets missed, I use the largest, fancy, silverplated, most ornate, footed tray I could find at a thrift store for under $5, for my “dish rack”.
    I searched high and low for a silverplated footed tray — the kind one would receive as a wedding present (then donate after 20 years of never having used it), with grooves to catch the juices from carving “the roast beast”. They were always too small or didn’t have feet. kind
    Having feet is the key to not getting a bacteria -laden slick of slime under the dishrack.


  6. june
    June 5, 2019 @ 1:34 pm

    A word of caution about buying the largest packages of baking soda. It doesn’t have a long shelf life. If its beyond the expiry date you can test freshness by mixing with warm water and a bit of vinegar. If it doesn’t fizz it might be okay to clean or deodorize, but don’t use to bake. Locally, I know both Target and Shop-rite carry vinegar by the gallon.


  7. Ann
    June 5, 2019 @ 11:43 pm

    I don’t like to dry dishes, so I put hand-washed stuff on a dishtowel next to the sink. An hour later, I put the dry dishes away. Easy, and nothing to store.

    I once visited a home where they had rods in the floorless cabinet above the sink; the rods were positioned so they supported all the plates and they dried naturally.and stayed in place for storage. I thought it was nifty. This was in the days before dishwashers; I now think dishwashers are niftier.


  8. Pokey
    June 10, 2019 @ 11:01 am

    May I suggest: Drinkmate. It does what Sodastream does BUT it can also carbonate juices. Sparkling apple juice is *chefs kiss.


  9. Barbara Chapman
    June 10, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

    Hi Victoria! Just seeing this post almost a year later. Yes, bulk baking soda can be purchased at Winco, if you have that grocery store anywhere near you. I buy it 10 lbs. at a time for baking but also for cleaning silverplate tableware.

    Happy summer,
    Barb 🙂

    p.s. Love the Kohler sink with the drain in it. I think everyone hates having dishes on the counter… It’s part of life. 😉


  10. Jessica Darcey
    June 19, 2019 @ 8:12 pm

    Nice ideas on the rack. I prefer having them over the sink. Saves time from cleaning separately.


  11. David Warner
    November 19, 2019 @ 1:01 am

    Do stainless steel dish racks rust?


  12. Tali Simhoni
    July 27, 2021 @ 9:20 pm

    Please add to your next blog!


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