Another great idea for drying dishes . . . AND a place to set hot pans where they won't slip and slide, all rolled into one. Better yet, it's not expensive!

Silicone Dish Mat/Hot Pad

Here’s a nifty dish drying pad . . . which doubles as a non-slip hot pad for pans!  Many thanks to Belinda Wolfe, aboard Rickshaw, for sharing this. (UPDATE: I have THREE of these on Barefoot Gal — one of my first purchases after we bought the boat — and love them!)

I absolutely love this idea!  Here’s what Belinda said; her photos are at the bottom of this post.

Here is a product I really love.  As with most cruisers/boaters I want products that serve more than one purpose.  This one does. It is an OXO drying mat/hot pad.  

I have two – one on each side of my sink.  A small one that is next to my drain rack that I use to drain glasses and a large one between my sink and my cook top.  That one I use to set dirty dishes.  The beauty of it is that any water that drips off those wet dishes, or anything else wet that I set down –  like frozen food, the water stays on the mat.  Since all boats list, even those at dock, this mat keeps the water corralled.  It keeps the water from running back in the corner or under the stove rim.  And when I take a hot pan off the stove I can put it on the mat.  It  is easy to clean and it can be dried quickly with a towel – unlike a cloth drying mat.

The silicone is naturally non slip — good for both dishes and hot pans — and is heat-resistant to 425° F.  They clean easily, too — I find that a nail brush works well if any “gunk” gets around the ribs.

The OXO mats come in three sizes and are available on Amazon.  All are a medium gray as shown in Belinda’s photos below:

In reading reviews, I find two comments over and over.  First, people like these over other silicone drying mats because there is a continuous lip around the outside, so water doesn’t spill off the side as on some other brands (Belinda also loved this feature).  Second, even the “large” mat is fairly small.  While this might be a complaint for home use, it’s usually a positive for a boat galley!

Another great idea for drying dishes . . . AND a place to set hot pans where they won't slip and slide, all rolled into one. Better yet, it's not expensive!

Another great idea for drying dishes . . . AND a place to set hot pans where they won't slip and slide, all rolled into one. Better yet, it's not expensive!

A great idea for drying dishes AND a place to set hot pans where they won't slip and slide, all rolled into one. Not expensive, either!

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25 Comments
  • Greg Gegner
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    I want one

  • Bob Kellett
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    This is my favorite website that is emailed automatically to me. I learn something new with each posting. I also love and use your fantastic cookbook! Thank you so. Happy Holidays!

  • Nita Haas
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    Great for the galley or home. I get so many ideas from you it makes my head spin sometimes.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

      Some are mine, some come from other readers . . . I love how sometimes ideas “pile on”!

  • Janice Sterling
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    I’m curious if it molds.

  • Carolyn Shearlock
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    No more so than any other dish mat — you do have to dump the water periodically and occasionally give it a wash, just like the mat under a drainer.

  • peggy at ECY
    Posted at 13 July 2014 Reply

    That is what we have on all our boats! Described it on another post about pot holders thinking I was sharing something new with you but of course you already knew!!

  • Judith Pringle
    Posted at 27 November 2014 Reply

    I have two on our Hunter e33,love them!

  • Marilyn Van Os
    Posted at 28 November 2014 Reply

    Aloha Carolyn and Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to let you know, and to thank you for what Iʻve learned from you over the past couple of years. Iʻve bought a number of your suggestions with excellent result. I admit that Iʻm not a sailor but am working toward living in a Tiny House. I pass on your recommendations and observations to others in my Tiny House People group. Thanks again for sharing what you learn! If you can make it work on a boat, we can certainly make it work in our small spaces as well.

  • Cheryn Croker
    Posted at 28 November 2014 Reply

    There is also a sample of in sink dish drainers from ‘Chef’n dish garden ‘ on the web. The round dish drainer would fit boat sinks and one drainer for the bench top looks like plastic grass and has multiple ‘spikes’ to hold dishes while underway.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 18 December 2014 Reply

    Feliz Navidad
    Can’t wait to get one when we go back to the USA. Love your site,thanks!

  • Anita Moeder
    Posted at 13 September 2015 Reply

    This IS a perfect product! Thx

  • Jim Cosgrove
    Posted at 13 September 2015 Reply

    Purchased one based on your recommendation and we are really happy with it. Works great! Thanks.

  • Brian Urrutia
    Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

    I like the article. The site menus are a different story, as they get a bit intrusive in Safari on an iPhone 5c.

    • Brian Urrutia
      Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

      Even worse sideways, which I like sometimes due to larger text.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

      Brian Urrutia — I’ve set what I THINK is a much better mobile menu option. Do you mind taking a look on the iPhone and tell me how it’s doing? Thanks!

    • Brian Urrutia
      Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

      Much better!

    • Brian Urrutia
      Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 15 September 2015 Reply

      Part of your menu is getting chopped off on the right, so I’l play around a bit with the font size. Thanks for the screen shots — it’s hard when you don’t own EVERY device made!

  • The Boat Galley
    Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

    I had a couple other comments on that and will work on getting one that’s a single line that you can tap on to expand. Thanks for sharing and the screeen shots — for now, I’ll disable it on the smaller screens. I have Android and it looks a bit different on mine.

  • Charles Badoian
    Posted at 14 September 2015 Reply

    Hilary Carney Badoian

  • Marta Crichlow
    Posted at 31 August 2016 Reply

    I have one that started on our 4 month cruise North (Alaska) Drain dinner dishes, place on the table before serving pizza right out of the oven. On deck to protect from wine spills. It is my goto sailors gift. Got mine at Lowes!

  • Laine Common
    Posted at 31 August 2016 Reply

    I saw this in the photo of another article you posted and had to track it down immediately! It arrives tomorrow! Got the XXL black one :D. http://amzn.to/2ga5ys6

    Might get a couple more smaller ones too!

  • Jackie Bartz
    Posted at 26 April 2017 Reply

    When I was on the boat I used a plastic tray with a piece of non-skid below it and a towel in it as a dish rack. Took a bit of creative stacking to get items close to vertical so they could drain and dry. The “ah ha” moment came when I realized that I could lean dishes (or pans) against the cupboard that was behind my drying “rack”. This might help others…and would work wonderfully well with these silicone mats. Wish I’d had them.

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