My Dish Mat Discovery, Video And Giveaway!

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Are you intrigued after watching the video? I really do like my Dish Drying Mat, and I actually didn’t know anything about them until just a few weeks ago.

I have a dishwasher and I love a clean sink and kitchen counters, so I put everything in it that I can. I don’t like the look of a permanent dish drainer in my sink or on my counter- yuck.

BUT, even I have to admit there are times when only hand-washing will do – large pots and bowls, delicate silver and glass, and awkward things like silicone liners. In my house these items just get set on the counter next to the sink for a few hours until they dry and then are put away.

Directly on the counter. No towel, no drainer, nothing. Because we have hideous tile and don’t care one whit about our counters. But within the next six months or so, we will be installing wood counters (ah, be still my heart…) and simply setting dishes to drain on them would not be wise, to say the least.

Enter the Dish Drying Mat, which is:

  • Absorbent (it really does hold a lot of water)
  • Nice looking and doesn’t take up a lot of room when it is put away
  • Fast drying and allows the dishes to dry faster (because of the microfiber) so less time is needed with dishes on the counter– yeah!
  • Made with a layer of foam that cushions fragile items and helps hold bulky items without slipping.
  • Able to be washed over and over without the layers coming apart.

I’m already using it on our yucky counters so it will be second nature when it really matters on our wood counters, and I love how there aren’t puddles of water to deal with everyday. I also found that it’s great for draining vegetables after washing, too.

To Order:
You can order them from the Garden Botanika website for $6.00 each, or as a bundle of three from Amazon for about $15.00: Garden Botanika The Original Dish Drying Mat, 16 X 18 Inches (Pack of 3), but there are lower-quality dish mats out there, so make sure yours is a “genuine” Dish Drying Mat made by Schroeder & Tremayne. The mats also come in two other sizes- 18 x 24 and 18 x 32.

To Win One:
I’m excited to be partnering with ten other bloggers to bring you a fun giveaway where a total of 33 Dish Drying Mats will be given away!! So lots of people can win this cool little prize!

The mats come in different colors, so each blogger is going to give away three mats in a chosen color and you can enter the one(s) with the color you’d like:

A Slob Comes Clean –Coastal Blue
Spell Outloud — Coastal Blue
Many Little Blessings –Sage Green
Finding Joy — Sage Green
Jimmie’s Collage — Gray
Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers — Gray
Raising Arrows –Red
Crispy Not Crunchy — Black
Feels Like Home –Red
Mama’s Learning Corner — Black
And here at An Oregon Cottage, you can win one of 3 Cream-colored mats.

For example, if you would like to win a cream mat, enter here at An Oregon Cottage. But if you really want a red mat, then you’d want to head over to Feels Like Home or Raising Arrows and enter the giveaway there. Make sense?

Enter using this new form I’m trying out that makes it easy to leave your email and enter numerous times (and let me know what you think!) – here’s a 45 second demo about how to enter, if it would help.
REMINDER: Please come back and click the “I did this!” button after leaving a comment- you’ll then be instructed to leave your email address there so you can be counted in the giveaway!!!

Good Luck!

DISCLAIMER: I received free dish mats and was compensated for my time to review this product. Of course the opinions are always 100% mine. *smile*





  1. lol funny!

    please exclude me from the draw, i *just* (like two days ago) purchased a dish mat for the first time. i love it.

  2. Jami, your video had me laughing out loud. Your hubby and you are so clever. $2,000! Love it.

  3. I’ve been using a dish mat for over a year maybe two years now (am on my second one). The first one got stained and is now being used under the cat bowls (great for catching the water she slobbers). They’re great, but make sure you wash it regularly. Because they collect water, they can grow mold/mildew. You can see the spots if you have a cream color one, but the grey hides it. Oh – you don’t need to include me in the drawing since I already have one.

  4. Oh how I would love one of these… we have no dish washer, and the conventional plastic dish drainer is never enough– i always have overflow when it comes to air-drying dishes! (now.. if I have a couple more hands, perhaps I wouldn’t mind drying dishes half-way– )

  5. OOOHHH! This is so exciting! Oh and the video was hilarious! If I could win one of these mats, I would consider it a great blessing!
    With eight of us in the house, dishes certainly pile up. They don’t always fit in the dishwasher, so the counter top is left to contain them…yuck. I do not own a dishrack and this would be a must have on my Christmas wish list if I don’t win one!

  6. I have had to throw away not one but two really pretty hand embroidered dishtowels because they kept getting soaked from being used as drying mats and couldn’t dry fast enough. These look great!

  7. Hello, We are traveling missionaries and live full-time in an RV, I’m currently using a washcloth on the counter and could really enjoy using something that is more absorbent! And one for the dog dish as procrastadabbler suggested!

  8. Jami-this is fabulous!

  9. These look so great! I’d like to ditch my bulky drainer!

  10. I would love to use this to dry my dishes or as a bath mat!

  11. So excited about this giveaway!! I have wanted one of these for a while but I had talked myself out of buying it. Maybe I will win it!
    It would be perfect for air drying dishes and veggies.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I would love to win one! Thanks for the chance to win.
    bonnie.l.admas at gmail dot com

  13. I would love to dry my dishes on this. I like the others uses for them too, especially for under pet bowls. I do not like the look of a dish drainer sitting out nor the gunk they collect. This looks like it is a great solution. Folds away and is easily washed to keep it clean.

  14. I would use it for drying dishes, and putting my strainer when done. I have been using my metal racks and just letting the water drip onto the tile below, I would no longer have to do that.

  15. I really need extra counter space and we don’t have a dishwasher. Being able to just put it away after use would be wonderful. Drying off fruits and veggies on it would be lovely, too.

  16. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says:

    Ana- Oh, what timing- ugh! At least you’re enjoying yours now, though. :-)

    Jimmie- Well, it’s really all my husband, but I’m happy to be along for the ride. ;-)

    Procrastadabbler- Great tips- thanks!

  17. I would use this for dish drying (and sometimes dog drying…I hate having wet floors due to the dogs snowy feet)

  18. this looks great. thanks

  19. I would use this for dish drying. I would also use it to dry toys. I really love it.

  20. Love the video – hilarious! I would use this for dishes and put away my soaked towels for good

  21. These mats look like they will come in handy since I wash all our dishes by hand. I would love to try using it for veggies, also.

  22. Thank you for this very useful product in your giveaway.

  23. Would love a set of these! Not just for dishes but for the fruits and veggies too. And the idea of using one under the puppy bowls is great too!

  24. I would use it for drying dishes!

  25. Anonymous says:
  26. Jami, this video was just what I needed this Saturday morning when I had to get up and work rather than staying in bed as my body would have preferred! I watched it twice as I had to share it with my hubby too :)

  27. I would love to win the cream color mats! I use a towel every day for dish drying but this would do a much better job.

  28. I would use it to wash produce and defrost meat.

  29. I would use it to dry pots and pans.

  30. I milk goats. I wash milking equipment. I don’t have a dishwasher. The combination of these facts means I often have breakfast dishes to wash while milking stuff is air drying in the dish drainer. Do i leave the breakfast dishes ’til later? (NO!!! I can’t STAND sinks filled with dirty dishes!! My one nod to OCD.) Do I put away the milking stuff before it is fully dried? A FAR from ideal plan… Do I wash my milking things onto a drying mat, leaving them to sit undisturbed until fully dry? Sounds like an EXCELLENT plan! If only I had a drying mat….

  31. This is amazing! I would love to use it to put my dishes on instead of drying them in my ugly rack!

  32. The video was great! Please enter me in the contest. This would be a great help for drying dishes at our house!

  33. I also just subscribed to your blog. Thanks!

  34. I would love this for our dishes especially since we don’t have a dishwasher.

  35. I would love to use this for my crock pot- I use it a lot and would love for it to dry faster!

  36. This is great for pots,pans and bowls that are too big for our dishdrainer.

  37. Anonymous says:
  38. Anonymous says:

    I’d use this for dishes so I could toss my yucky looking rack!
    dsmoore1 @

  39. i’d love the chance to try one of these! they could be used as bath tub toy dryers too!

  40. I don’t have a dishwasher, so I would use it to dry my dishes on!!

  41. Anonymous says:
  42. I would love to enter this giveaway!!!! I want one to get rid of my rack!

  43. Jason.Klepacz says:

    Great Video!
    these look great! I recently watched this video showing that hand washing dishes uses less water than a dishwasher. thought I’d share.

  44. I would use to dry my babies bottles on

  45. Amy Skogerboe says:

    Would LOVE to use this as I have 5 boys and the dishes NEVER stop!!

  46. Amy Skogerboe says:
  47. Thoughts for the day says:

    I would love to win one just let me know…

  48. Would love to use in place of the dishdrain that gets so yucky. Sally: kstensaas at gmail dot com

  49. Vinnie's Warriors says:

    Sure, I’d like to try one… but we don’t have a dishwasher and I’m laughing at having a fancy mat. We use a towel! Just a regular dish towel. Hang it up to dry and get a few more washings before needing to wash the towel itself. :-)

  50. This looks great! I would use it instead of dish towels.

  51. These mats are a great idea. I dislike the dish drainers also.

  52. What a great way to dry dishes! I would love it because it can be rolled up and put away! =)
    samc3dp at yahoo dot com

  53. Oooh nice! I would love to own one. I would use it to dry my hand wash only dishes.

  54. I would love this for setting fresh foods on that I had washed. I always end up with a mess of water all over my counter!!

    kuenzifamily at tds dot net

  55. These would be fantastic for use on our bathroom floor. Wouldn’t be wonderful to bathe all six children and have a dry floor when they’re done!

  56. I have no dishwasher, so one of these would go to good use.

  57. our family of 8 would definatly love this for dishes and many other ideas for use

  58. This looks like a terrific idea. I don’t like my soggy towels.

    lane dot family@yahoo dot com

  59. Those look like a much nicer approach than the rack and the mat which take up SOOO much room on my tiny tiny counter!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Anonymous says:

    You are very clever. I enjoyed watching your video. Would certainly love to try the mat. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. I’d love to have one of these! Thanks for the recommendation and the giveaway!!

  62. Would love to have one of these for the plethora of hand washed dishes we always seem to have. Thanks for doing this give-away.

  63. I’d LOVE one of these! Heck, I’d love 20 of these.

  64. I would use mine to air dry dishes. The rental we are living in has a huge marble island and the hard water dripping off our dishes is staining it :(

  65. Tracy Shelley says:

    I’d love to get rid of my dish rack!

  66. OOOOH wit 8 children i need this. Always overflowing dishrack.

  67. For my kitchen counter – veggies, dishes, and whatever else needs it.

    For drippy kids to stand on after a bath … might need a much bigger one for that.

  68. We just visited our daughter and she is using one of these and loves it!

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