Have you been splashing water on the floor so much the linoleum is starting to warp? Do you find yourself calling the plumber twice a week and facing his judgmental glare? It’s not you. It’s the sink. And don’t worry. There’s a way out.
Is your sink basin large enough? If you cook for a family, your pans are going to be larger, and those are a pain to wash in a tiny sink. Water and soap gets everywhere. Once at my last apartment, my sink broke and my landlord wouldn’t send a plumber for a week. I eventually had to wash my dishes in the bathtub. Having all that space and water pressure, I got them done faster than ever and they were probably the cleanest they’ve ever been.
Cleaner dishes and less splash mess is definitely a reason to consider something big like this undermount basin from Artisan’s Sink Chef Pro collection. This kitchen sink has a ten inch deep bowl that is thirty inches wide. If it’s not the sink bowl, it might also be the faucet.
This nifty gadget can be mounted right onto the counter top next to the stove. Some people complain that installing a pot filler faucet into the wall looks unsightly. This one looks stunning in the counter, and the proper height above the pots is already measured out for you. These faucets eliminate the hassle of carrying heavy pots of water from the sink to the stove. Owning one adds a degree of safety to the kitchen and saves time. You can be focusing on pan frying vegetables while filling up a pot for the pasta.
This is the Meridian semi-pro faucet from Blanco. It gives the user more control with its extending spout. You can apply water pressure where it is most needed on dishes.
By using this white drain grid by Swanstone, the liquid from your dishes goes right back into the sink, making it easy to keep clean.
Swanstone also makes this wire basket for drying dishes. I prefer this to a drying rack that goes on the counter because those need to be taken apart and washed after every use or they build mold. Regular counter racks also are notorious for getting the counter space wet.
Sink grids prevent food clogs in drains without a garbage disposal installed. As you wash dishes, you will inevitably have little bits of food congregate at the bottom of the sink. The grid on this basin rack catches those pieces. It will also be handy if you want to use it to dry your glasses and mugs in the sink.
Having a teak wood cutting board attached to the sink has its perks. You can easily wash vegetables and fruit right before chopping them up, and the juices that gush out will go directly into the drain. This works even better in tandem with a garbage disposal. I wish I’d know about these sooner. I eat tomatoes almost every day, and the juice always drips off my cutting board onto the floor. But I’m clumsy preparing food because I’m always really excited about eating.
Imagine doing the dishes and not having to spend ten minutes mopping up or preparing a meal with ease and comfort. It sounds like a fairytale. Being in the kitchen shouldn’t be stressful. Everyone should want to cook a healthy meal for themselves when they get home from home, and they should want to wash the dishes before the food on them gets hard and sticky. We just need some sink aids to make it a little easier on ourselves.