Ask Tamara: What Dish Rack Do You Use?

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Question: What dish rack do you use?

Answer: Natural materials!  Whenever possible I try to stick with natural materials in my home.  That means unpainted, uncoated – and usually undecorated.  For a dish rack, I think wood is good option!

I have also had stainless steel ones in the past.  If they are marked and labeled and sold as stainless steel then they are generally going to be safe/ lead-free, and a good choice for a non-toxic kitchen.

rackHere’s a wooden one that is similar to the one I have used in my home. I also use the top of my stove (more often than not) to pile clean dishes on (until the kids dry them and put them away) … and my husband’s favorite drying rack is our dishwasher!  He hates using it for washing dishes, but washes dishes by hand and loads them up to dry on the dishwasher racks.

Not a complex answer… but there you go!

stainlessHere are some links to these products on Amazon:

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.


Tamara Rubin
Unexpected Lead Expert
Mother of Four Boys

 Affiliate link disclosure: If you choose to purchase any items after clicking the Amazon links above, Amazon pays me a small kick back as a thank you for sending business their way. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and helps support this website, allowing me to keep sharing information about childhood lead poisoning prevention (as well as making it possible for me to keep sharing about safe products for your home and family) ... Sharing this information in turn helps families everywhere protect their children from potential environmental toxicity in their homes. I only link to products that are the same as (or very similar to) ones that I either have direct personal experience with in my home or that I have personally tested with an XRF Instrument and found to be lead-safe or lead-free. March 2017

3 Responses to Ask Tamara: What Dish Rack Do You Use?

  1. Sarah June 9, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Hi Tamara, I’m wanting to buy the metal dish rack you posted, but curious of your opinion – in the description it is called “stainless steel” and also “chrome plated iron.” Have you tested it/do you believe it to be safe? Thanks!

    Get more convenient counter top space with this Stainless Steel Dish Drying Rack from Juvale! Crafted of heavy duty high grade chrome plated iron and comes with a 1 Year Manufacturer’s Anti-Rust Guaranteee.

  2. Sara June 7, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Tamara! Is IKEA Oftast plates lead-free?

    • Tamara June 11, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

      All of the recently made Ikea I have tested has been either lead-free or very low lead. I don’t know about that design specifically.

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