While trying to make ourselves useful in the cousins' kitchen during the holidays, we marveled at their dish drying mat.
We're accustomed to spreading clean terry dish towels across the counter when hand-washing items such as stemware and pots. But this super-absorbent mat is designed to hold "four times its weight in water." It folds up easily, is machine washable and can also be used under dish racks.
It's also nice and cushion-y, so we figure we could even get through our next gathering without breaking a glass.
Then, while doing some last-minute shopping a few days before Christmas, we saw some at Bed Bath & Beyond.
You can find and learn more about the Original Dish Drying Mat at www.bedbathandbeyond.com. The prices: $4.99 for the 16-by-18-inch mat and $7.99 for the 18-by-24.