How to dry your plastic containers in SECONDS in the dishwasher

How to dry your plastic containers in SECONDS: How hanging a tea towel in your dishwasher will leave your storage boxes droplet-free in just 30 minutes

  • A mum and nurse shared her trick for drying plastic containers in 30 minutes 
  • Leanne, from Brisbane, said it guarantees dry plastic containers every time
  • All you need to do is place a towel in the door of the dishwasher and close it
  • The original dishwasher tea towel trick was shared by The Organised Housewife 

A mum has revealed her simple trick for getting dry plastic containers from the dishwasher every time. 

Nurse and mum-of-two Leanne, from Brisbane, said she was ‘sick’ of her plastic containers coming out still wet when she put them in the dishwasher.

She decided to try the tea towel trick – which promises soak up any remaining moisture from the machine onto the tea towel. 

A post shared by Leanne 🌿Home Hacks (@home.with.leanne)

A mum has shared her twist on the popular towel dishwasher hack that took the internet by storm, and revealed how she guarantees perfectly dry plastic containers (pictured)

Posting on her Home with Leanne account, Leanne said once the cycle is done and her containers are still inside, she puts a clean tea towel on the door before closing it.

When she opens the door just 30 minutes later, the containers are completely dry.

‘Usually, if you use rinse aid or have a newer dishwasher the glasses and plastic containers dry during the cycle,’ she wrote.

‘However, if you find that your plastic containers and glasses don’t dry, placing a tea towel in the dishwasher door will absorb the moisture and dry the containers and glasses.’ 

How to try the towel trick at home 

1. Wash the glasses and plastic containers in the dishwasher as per normal.

2. Open the dishwasher door once the cycle is complete and place a tea towel over the door so it is ajar. Close as much as possible.

3. Leave for 30 minutes. 

4. Return to the containers and they should be perfectly dry and ready to put away.

Source: Home with Leanne 

By placing a tea towel in the door, any remaining moisture from the containers is absorbed – meaning they feel fully dry within 30 minutes

Thousands who saw the simple trick were impressed and said they would definitely try it out for themselves.

‘Mind blown, this is great,’ one commenter posted.

‘We do this! It’s the best hack!’ another added.


Last month, a woman known as The Organised Housewife shared the original dishwasher tea towel trick, whereby she puts a towel in the door to ensure dry dishes every time (pictured)

Last month, a woman known as The Organised Housewife shared the original dishwasher tea towel trick, whereby she puts a towel in the door to ensure dry dishes. 

‘Awesome tip to help remove moisture from your dishwasher,’ she wrote on the video.

While many were impressed with the idea, not everyone was on board – and some said all you need to do is open the door to let the steam out.

‘Mine dries fine with the blue rinse stuff and if I have any cups that hold water upside down I just take it off and leave the door for half hour,’ one woman said.

Another woman explained that her dishes are always dry when the load finishes so she just puts them away and leaves the dishwasher open.

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