Dish drying racks

What Is A Good Dish Drying Rack for Small Spaces?

When you’ve got so many things on your mind, why lose even more of that precious time by drying your dishes? You may very well let nature do its way and go ahead a use a dish-drying rack. Not only you’re going to save yourself from the trouble of drying the dishes, but you’re going to have a better organized, cluster-free kitchen too.

Yes, air drying may cause some water spots on your dishes or glassware, but you get actually cleaner dishes since you’re not handling them that much as you’re not hand drying them anymore. Your cupboards are also going to be a lot cleaner like this too.

What to do if your kitchen is kind of small?

If you’re struggling with space in your kitchen and you’re remodeling as well, you may very well add a plate rack. It just need to have slats in the bottom so that there’s efficient ventilation and drainage. Last thing you want is to end up with some mildew in the kitchen.

Create a translucent panel in your kitchen so that you may conceal the drying rack. You may get some custom wire racks set over the sink so that both your dishes and glassware drain safely.

Keep in mind that you need to use a rack when drying dishes behind closed doors. Stay away from stacking wet dishes in a dark environment as it traps moisture and may cause growth of dangerous bacteria. Install a drip tray that is easy to slide out for easy emptying.

Another option to try is to hide the rack with a removable tray inside your kitchen’s cupboard.

The drying rack inserts that may be mounted on the edges of your sink are another great choice when fighting with space. You’re going to have more room for more of your dirty dishes underneath as well.

If your sink doesn’t come with one from the manufacturer, you may get an adjustable rack that works great especially for drying cups and wineglasses.

Don’t forget about the glass rack that is easy to use. It dries your glasses in a jiffy and you don’t need to stress about the space either.

If you’d rather go for the rustic feel in your kitchen, you may also find rustic indoor racks that not only solve your dish drying problem but also make a nice décor for your rustic kitchen.


Dish drying racks

How Do You Clean A Dish Rack?

Dish racks are great to use in the kitchen but sometime their cleaning process gives us a terrible headache. They’re very efficient and easy to use, but they to collect water in the trays and need constant cleaning so that mildew and slime build up underneath.

No matter what they’re made of, dish racks do need cleaning from time to time, so that they remain safe for use.

Regular cleaning of a Dish Rack

Here’s what you need for that:

  • A sink
  • White vinegar
  • Dish liquid
  • A clean towel

Here are the steps to do the regular cleaning as dish racks may also get dirty from the grease in the kitchen or regular household dust.

  1. Take the rack apart as much as you can.
  2. Wash each of its piece separately in the sink with dish liquid. Don’t miss any parts to rub and use a scrub brush to get in the small grooves
  3. Rinse the dish rack thoroughly
  4. Go the extra mile and fill one side of your sink with some water to cover the dish and 1 cup of white vinegar.
  5. Submerge the rack in that water and rinse it off
  6. Use a clean kitchen towel to wipe the rack dry. Don’t use a paper towel as it may leave some lint onto your rack. Don’t let the rack air dry as moisture can get trapped underneath, causing mildew.

How to remove mildew from your dish drying rack

Here’s what you need:

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Sink/tub
  • Old toothbrush
  • Sponge/soft cloth

Here are the steps to follow for removing mildew:

  1. Fill the sink/bucket/tub with some water. It has to be a large container that fits the rack inside
  2. Submerge your rack in the water
  3. Add ¼ cup of bleach for each gallon of water
  4. Soak the rack for at least 20 minutes. If the mildew is severe, you may want to give it more time
  5. After your rack is soaked, use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away any left slime or mildew. Clean each bar of your rack so that you remove all mildew
  6. Use an old toothbrush to go through all the corners and tight spaces
  7. When you’re done with cleaning, rinse the rack thoroughly with clean water
  8. Let it dry completely until you use it again.

How to remove rust off your dish drying rack

If you’re using a stainless steel, you may experience some rust building up your rack. You may need to use in this case a special oxalic acid cleaner for getting rid of rust. You may find a cleaner of this kind in most major supermarkets. The cleaner isn’t just efficient for removing rust, but it’s also safe to use in contact with your dishes.

You may find a powder or a liquid version. You may want to try the powder as it allows scrubbing, therefore, a higher efficiency for removing rust.

You can sprinkle the powder or pour the liquid onto a damp cloth or use a damp scrub brush, scrubbing off the rust.

Don’t forget to rinse the area thoroughly when you’re done with scrubbing.