This Ingenious Amazon Find Will Completely Improve the Way You Hand-Wash Dishes

This Ingenious Amazon Find Will Completely Improve the Way You Hand-Wash Dishes

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Whether or not you have a dishwasher, certain items like water bottles and delicate ceramics are best washed by hand. But if you drain your dishware by inverting it onto your countertop or (gasp) a not-so-clean dish towel, we need to talk. Not only is this pretty ineffective at removing moisture from the vessel you’ve just cleaned, but you might actually be introducing nasty germs right where you sip.

Luckily, we’ve found the perfect solution, and all it requires is a little real estate along one side of your sink. Meet: the Sanni Shoo Drip.it kitchen sink caddy, a 3-in-1 organizer that allows you to drain drinkware, caps, sponges, rags, and more directly into your sink. It also functions as a trivet for protecting surfaces from hot cookware. The low-profile, multifunctional organizer has an impressive 4.5 star rating on Amazon, and a growing number of fans who call it “space-saving and practical.” Let’s take a closer look at the simple, but versatile, design.

The Sanni Shoo is made of brushed stainless steel, and features two telescoping rails that reach across your sink’s basin. The rails can extend from 14.5 to 22.5 inches, allowing you to adjust it to fit your sink, whether you have a small, circular wet bar sink, or a large, rectangular sink in your kitchen. Silicone pads at both ends protect surfaces from scratches, and prevent the organizer from slipping, even if you get a little splashy while you clean.

The organizer’s removable stainless steel plate has four holes that are sized to allow a variety of water bottles, narrow-necked jars, and lids to drip-dry upside down. Several reviewers note that the two large holes which measure 2.75 inches across are big enough for a glass SodaStream bottle, and others point out that the hole with a perforated outer edge is helpful for drying bristle brushes and sponges. 

Due to its flat, telescoping design, the Sani Shoo is perfect for small spaces, whether you stash it in a drawer between uses, or leave it out on your countertop to serve as a landing spot for pots and pans. As one reviewer notes, the design is “more inconspicuous than any dry rack available,” and adds that it’s “easy to store when not in use.”

How you configure the Sanni Shoo is a matter of preference. You can slide the removable plate to one end of the rack and use the open rails to hang a dishrag or as a drying rack for a handled brush. One smart reviewer shared a photo of their Sanni Shoo sink setup, which includes one dedicated to drying bottles and caps, and another strictly for sponges and towels. However you arrange the organizer, you’ll be able to keep countertops dry and uncluttered. 

Musty smells and funky condensation are all but eliminated when you thoroughly dry drinkware and cleaning supplies. So stop placing them on a flat surface or on their sides, and upgrade your sink area with the Sanni Shoo! We can’t wait to hear how much you love it.

Vanessa Spilios

Contributor

Vanessa received her culinary training at Boston U. and has a background in housewares product development & marketing. When not testing appliances or developing recipes, she spends her time drawing and tending to her small but mighty porch garden.

Are Dishwasher and Laundry Pods Messing with Your Machines? Experts Weigh In

Are Dishwasher and Laundry Pods Messing with Your Machines? Experts Weigh In

When pods for dishwashers and laundry machines first hit the market, you may have breathed a sigh of relief: No more measuring goopy, liquid detergent — what a time to be alive!

…That is, until you found a half-released pod lodged between two spoons in the dishwasher and had to rerun the load. Or maybe you realized that your clothes weren’t coming out quite as fresh-smelling as they used to.

Turns out, there are pitfalls to pod life. The question becomes: Are self-dosing dishwasher and laundry pods actually worth all the hype? If you want to keep using pods for the convenience factor, here’s what experts say about making sure those pods work for you.

Know that all pods aren’t created equal

Are you picking your pods based on the pretty flowers on the front of the container, hoping they’re the best smelling option? Same. But there are better ways.

Lauren Bowen, director of franchise operations at Two Maids & A Mop, recommends laundry pods that say “3 in 1,” which typically mean they get rid of odors, remove stains, and protect color in your laundry machine. For the dishwasher, she suggests checking the reviews on potential pods to find a brand that people love, looking for recommendations for types that “leave dishes sparkling clean, without any leftover residue or water spots.”

Paul Berry, owner of Mr. Appliance of San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas, prefers Finish tablets for dishwashers. “[They] are my absolute favorite brand for dishwashers,” he says. “In my opinion, they do the best job to remove residue from the surface and prevent any type of particles from resettling during the cleaning cycle.” He also likes Cascade. For laundry, he prefers Tide Pods and Persil.

Avoid the quick wash cycle

For both machines, one reason you may find a half-used pod at the end of the cycle is that you chose the quick wash or equivalent cycle. The issue is that this cycle doesn’t allow the water time to get warm enough for the pod to fully dissolve, as pods generally dissolve in 130 degrees Fahrenheit or more. “Thus, clothes or dishes are not entirely clean, and more than likely, you’ll find the clear membrane of the pod partially intact,” Berry explains.

So instead, skip the quick wash cycle. Another way to help prevent this issue in your dishwasher if you do want to use quick wash is to run the sink faucet with hot water for 30 seconds before starting the machine to give the water heating process a head start.

For the same reason, a too-short cycle is also likely the culprit when a laundry pod “melts” on your clothes. Although it looks like a stain, it’s really just concentrated detergent meant to wash your clothes anyway. So don’t worry: Your white T-shirt won’t be blue forever. “All you need to do is rewash the ‘stained’ clothing and it will come out,” Bowen says.

Make sure you insert pods correctly

One laundry pod mistake people commonly make, according to Bowen, is placing the pod on top of a large load. “It may not dissolve properly. This can cause issues like streaks and spotting due to the small deposits of detergent,” she says. Instead, throw that pod in first, and then put the clothes on top. 

When in doubt, think about switching methods

If you’re unsuccessfully trying to troubleshoot a potential pod problem, Bowen says you should first rule out other concerns with your appliances, such as maintaining the machine properly and, in the case of a dishwasher, keeping the drain clear of food debris

If pods still aren’t working out for your laundry routine, though, consider swapping with a powder, as Berry says liquid detergents seem to have the hardest time dissolving during the cleaning cycle. For dishwashers, Bowen says gels from a bottle can be the quicker and easier option.