Do You Know How to Choose Your Dish Drying Rack?

No matter if you’re eating a lot at home or not, having a dish drying rack that fits your needs and the aesthetic in your kitchen the best is important. If you’re not very good at it and don’t really know what to look for when shopping, here are some things to double check.


The variety of materials used for the dish drying racks is important and there are many options for anyone. You may find dish racks made of stainless steel, wood or plastic.

Each of the materials presents advantages and downsides and you need to take them into consideration. If a plastic one is easier to clean as it’s dishwasher safe, a wood dish drying rack is natural and gives a nice warm feel to any countertop. The metallic drying rack has a modern vibe to it, and takes the use for quite some time.

The less durable material for the dish drying racks as wood rots fast because of the constant water clogging. On the other hand, the plastic racks are more prone to breakage, unable to take the weight of a heavy load, which makes them less durable.

Steel may surpass each of the two, but it also presents high risk to rust, which is a big downside.

Stainless steel is another solution that you may want to consider when going shopping.


Most of the dish drying racks out there should last around 3 to 5 years. A dependable and efficient rack should hold you for at least 5 years, but you should take good care of it too. Its life span is also related to the duration of the heavy/light weight loads. A drying rack that is used only few times a week and not daily is going to last longer, for obvious reasons.

The material used on the dish drying rack is also important for its durability. You should pay the extra buck and get a drying rack made of metal or stainless steel as they take the long time use in wet and moisture conditions, with minor risk for corroding.

Dish capacity

Dish drying racks come in various shapes and sizes. You may want to play it safe and get one a bit larger than you really need. On the other hand, don’t get one that is too big as it’s going to eat up your kitchen space. A big drying dish rack is never a wise choice for a small kitchen.

It goes without saying you need to choose a dish rack according to the number of members of your family, but also to the number of times you’re cooking and eating at home. These numbers count a lot for the size and capacity of your disk rack. When you’re cooking six times a week for a family of 4, it’s better to get a medium sized rack.

Dish drying racks are made on the type and size of the utensils that you’re going to dry. When you’re looking for one for drying your pans, pots or bowls, you should get one that is very strong and features expandable space. By contrary, if you want one for plates, glasses and cutlery, a lighter and more compact model is going to do it.

Drainage system

It’s important for you to take a look at the drainage system of the dish drying rack. You want an efficient drainage system that takes the impressive amount of water that is going to drip from all the cleaned cookware.

You should also be able to see if the rack is pouring water straight on the grounding surface or if its frame features an additional tray that is able to collect all the excess water.

When a dish drying rack doesn’t come with an efficient drainage system, the water is going to be trapped inside. It’s only a matter of time until bacteria is going to grow, entering your bowls, pans, pots, and damaging your health. Additionally, all that excess water may ruin your dish rack as well, shortening its lifespan.

How to Better Wash the Dishes by Hand

There are two ways to wash your dishes by hand. You may use one sink or a double bowled sink. Don’t forget to scrape the leftover food from the plates before actually washing them.

Here are the steps to take:

1. Use hot water to fill in the sink

Use some very hot water (not too hot as you don’t want to burn yourself either). Don’t fill the sink completely, as you need space for the dishes too, a half full should be enough.

You may use a large bowl in the sink and not the sink itself. It’s going to be easier when changing the water.

At this time, you may also fill the pots and pans with some water, especially if they have been baked on grime that is difficult to hart to get off. Let them sit for 15 minutes or so. You may also throw in spatula or knives, for easier cleaning.

2. Add the soap

Use a couple of dish soap for hand washing to the sink, making a uniform solution, bubbly enough. You may wear some rubber gloves if your hands are sensitive. You may protect yourself from cutting on any utensils when wearing rubber gloves.

3. Let’s go

It’s always better to begin with the glasses and fragile plates, as the one you use for dessert. Continue with the flatware and the dinner plates. You should end up with the pots and pans, along with the cooking utensils that have been soaking until now.

You should always begin with the delicate items as you don’t want to break them. It’s wiser to wash the most soiled items in the end as they may get the sink and all the other items dirty right from the beginning.

You may start by immersing the dishes in the water, scrubbing any grease, food or sauce off using a good kitchen brush. Some like to use a sponge or a steel wool pad, but it’s a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that steel wool is kind of abrasive so you shouldn’t use it on delicate materials (stainless steel). Use the corner of a scrub pad or dish cloth when cleaning the forks, so you can really get between the tines.

When the sink is too full of gunk, you should replace the water for cleaning well all the other dishes.

4. Rinse the dishes

After you finished cleaning, you need to rinse it off for removing soap. If you have a double-bowled sink, it’s not that difficult. You only need to fill the other sink with lukewarm water, dunking the dishes in it for rinsing.

When you only have one sink, simply rinse the dishes under the tap with some lukewarm water.

Double check each dish to see that you did a good job. Any stain of sauce or food is going to show and you need to take off the gloves for a better check-up.

5. Dry the dishes

When you’re sure that each dish is clean, you need to wash your hands too. use a dish towel to dry off. It’s easier to dry the dishes as you go and not do them all at the end, as they may get streaks or spots for staying wet for too long.

You may want to ask one of your kids to help you do it. If you’re alone, get a good drying rack. Put the bowls and glasses in the rack upside down for more efficient drying.

6. Store the dishes

Once your dishes are clean and dry, it’s time to put them back in the cabinet. It’s going to be easier for you to find them later, for sure.

7. Clean the dishwashing area too

When you’re done with storing the dishes, you should also wipe down the dish rack with a damp cloth. You don’t want any mineral build-up from hard water. Don’t forget to wipe out the sink for removing all foods debris.