Why didn’t I think of that??
That was my first reaction to seeing my friend Jan’s dish drainer (Jan writes CommuterCruiser.com, filled with tips for part-time cruisers). I had never came up with a good dish drainer on Que Tal, despite trying several different ones.
When Dave and I recently spent some time cruising aboard Winterlude, with our friends David and Jan Irons, I saw Jan’s solution. It was perfect!
Jan uses a chamois cloth just laid on the counter. A real, leather chamois — not a microfiber “synthetic chamois” or the “dish drying mats” you find in the housewares section.
A real leather chamois absorbs 7 times in water and can be wrung out after using and then hung up. When it’s dry, you can put it almost anywhere — it’s not very big. To clean a chamois, throw it in the laundry (but don’t put it in a dryer or use fabric softener on it). It will last several years and it’s cheaper than a lot of “real” dish drainers and pads.
You can find a chamois in a number of different sizes, depending on how big your counter is where you want to use it. It cuts easily if you want a non-standard size.You can find a real chamois at almost any auto parts store, or in the automotive departments at Wal-mart, Target and the like. You can also order one from Amazon. Here are a few popular sizes at good prices from Amazon:
Now, if I can just get Jan’s other dish washing idea to work as well: notwithstanding the photo above, her husband David usually does the dishes!