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Permission to be vulnerable? (And a little gross?) I have a love-hate relationship with rinsing my dinnerware. I know it’s important to get any stray food crumbs off my plates and bowls before putting them in the dishwasher, but it often leaves my kitchen sink disgusting. My kitchen sink is decked out with a strainer to prevent stray broccoli florets or pieces of penne from clogging my pipes. The problem is if I don’t immediately dump food scraps from my strainer into my compost bin, they block all access to my pipe and create a pool of greasy gross water in my sink.
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“I wish it didn’t have to be this way,” I thought to myself every time I saw the dirty pool in my sink. But what was the alternative? After all, I already had a sink in place – what else could I do? It wasn’t until I was aimlessly scrolling through Instagram while waiting for dinner with a friend that I found the perfect solution: HDYA’s Sink Drain Strainer Basket. Suffice to say, this simple (and affordable!) purchase has been a total game-changer.
Unlike a typical strainer – which sits at the opening of your pipes and risks flooding your sink – this basket hangs on the partition of your double sink. Each basket has lots of tiny, tiny holes in the bottom to catch your food crumbs and drain any excess water. Since this option has no suction cups or nano glue, you don’t have to worry about it falling off.
I’ve only had the sieve basket for two months, but it has made the mere act of rinsing my dinnerware much easier – and less disgusting. Instead of constantly keeping an eye on the sink, I can shovel my food scraps into the basket and dump the contents into my compost bin when it’s completely full. And if I’m doing several dishes at once, I can easily throw eggshells or lemon zest in the basket so that I semi-clean while I cook. Pretty brilliant, huh?
The only snag is that the holes at the bottom of the basket are really small, so it will take a while for all the water to run down the sink. If you try to rinse several dishes in quick succession, your basket may overflow with water; it’s a minor inconvenience that can easily be fixed with some trial and error.
If you don’t have a double sink, grab Lafoxla’s Swan Sink Basket, which hangs from your faucet. The good news? Both kinds of laundry baskets are on Amazon for $15 or less. An affordable purchase, then so simple and so Effective? Yes please.