I always hate things out of place, especially things that can grow germs. What could I do? Everyone has sponges, wash clothes, soap, etc. next to the kitchen sink or worse below it where it's dark and damp. One day I had had it. After everything else was looking clean and sparkling, was my sponges, my cleaner, the drain stoppers, and it didn't look clean to me at all.
I knew there had to be a solution. One day I was in the bathroom, I looked at a friend and said, "I know a bathtub holder would have room for all of that stuff". She knows me very well. I explained which kind I meant.
Not even 2 days later, she came bearing a gift; my new kitchen organizer. I hadn't ever seen this anywhere before but usually when I put my mind to something, I figure it out. They are used in the bath area for shampoo or soap. In my sink, it is for one sponge (that I wash dishes with), one that has scrubbers, dish soap, and the drain stoppers. My sink look as sparkling clean as the rest of my house.
This container has holes so it doesn't trap moisture, allowing the air to get to the sponges. The dish soap is right there not being knocked off in the rinse water, and I can get the stopper only when needed - perfect! I like the clear one because it looks clean. There are several colors if you would want to match your decor. They are plastic so are easily wiped out with my cleaner (vinegar, lemon). I use organic cleaners and it's great to have them next to the sponges.
I also want to remind you that sponges are great. I don't know how I would get the dishes clean without them, however they hold so many germs. Make sure you put your sponges in microwave for 2 minutes, to kill all the bacteria. I do it right before bed so next morning they are all germ free.
I hope this helps you out with the things that "live" around your sink area. I have hand soap, germ killer and my own hand made cleaner on top of the sink. Everything else is neatly placed in its own little basket. I think it looks exactly how it should have for all these years, when I couldn't think of what to do with them.
I also use microfiber cloths to dry my dishes with. These are changed daily. Microfiber dries very quickly so during the daytime, the cloths dry out.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
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