Dishwashers are supposed to be helpful, making a daily chore faster and easier. But if your dishwasher has those foldable dishwasher tines – the kind that clamp onto the top or bottom rack with a plastic clip, sooner or later the clip cracks and the tines don’t stand up. So your dishes fall all over each other and don’t get cleaned well.
That’s exactly what happened to ours. For a while, I tried tying the tines up with cotton string to the edges of the top rack, but that really wasn’t working, and just trying to stack the bowls in that “band-aided” area for a proper wash was frustrating the heck out of me. Multiple times a day 🙁
Dishwasher parts are expensive!
Have you ever priced replacement parts for your dishwasher? Let me just start by saying that to replace the entire top rack of my Maytag dishwasher is over $100 and the foldable tine parts I was looking at were going to cost me in the neighborhood of $30 -$40. And, helloooo, they break.
Unusual uses for everyday items
So I LOVE to problem solve and come up with easy and affordable solutions to everyday annoyances (Ha! Like packing lunches). I figured I just needed some sort of plastic or stainless steel (no rust) rack that could go right in the area where the tines were missing from. After a google search for things like “small plastic rack”, “plate rack” and “lid rack”, I stumbled upon the perfect fix!
It’s called the New Ikea Variera Pot Lid Organizer. *
Super sturdy, super strong. You can open or close it wider or narrower, depending upon your needs. I’ve been using it for over a month and it looks as good as new. No rust, and standing tall. It’s the perfect rack for all sizes of bowls, plates or containers.
Loading the dishwasher now? Easy!
And hey – even if your dishwasher isn’t broken, it sure makes a swell pot lid rack 😉 Extra points for double duty!
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