Dish Towel Drawer Holder




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Using a screw, washer and binder clip I made a really simple, nearly free way to hold on to dish towels next to the sink so that they're always available to dry wet hands and dishes.  In my never ending quest to optimize my apartment kitchen into a functional cook space, I've come up with this simple solution for reliably retaining dish towels next to the sink.

Step 1: Problem

At first I simply tucked a bit of the dish towel into a closed drawer.  This however only works for so long and eventually the wet dish towel falls to the floor. I wanted something a bit more sturdy and permanent and so it was going to have to be retained in place somehow.  I should also add that I don't have an ideal place to hang a dish towel on a rod in my kitchen, so that's why I'm going after a bit more of an unconventional method.

Step 2: Materials and Tools

Enter the solution - binder clip.  Grab a few washers, a wood screw, and binder clip and your set to go.  You'll need a drill as well to make the pilot hole and screw in the screw that retains the binder clip.

Step 3: Assemble

Put the wood screw through appropriately sized washers and into the hole on one of the ends of the prongs on the binder clip.

Step 4: Screw in Binder Clip

Screw clip into position on the inside face of one of your cabinet drawers.

Step 5: Clip Towel

Clip in your dish towel and you're all done.



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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    OH, I'm going to do this!! I'm in an apartment with no place to hang towels in the kitchen, and my old standby (the oven door handle) is too slippery for the towels to stay on.... besides they are on the floor with the oven open.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hello: In regard to your handy dandy damp tea towel holder is a really good idea but.....if the towel is damp, would not the dampness strip away the finish on the surface of your cupboard door with continuous dampness. Just a might need a space to keep the damp towel OFF the wood.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I'm wondering if a piece of clear tubing (sliced) and fit along the drawer lip would solve the problem.

    Heck, you could even just use the screw for the door pull and then all you'd need is the binder clip.

    Great idea!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, i always slam mine in the drawer [like the 'step 1: problem' photo], & have to fool with it every time i need to go into that drawer; good solution :)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I made one with what I had on hand and used 2 clothespins and 2 hooks instead.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    great idea ! I'm lucky to have the old fashioned type of hand pulls that the towel can hang from (at least until the dog steals it


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I 've tried similar fixes on the inside of the cupboard door below my sink using a large wooden clothes pegs to hold rubber gloves (to air dry) and holders for towels, firstly using sticky foam pads and when they fell off I tried strong glues, they still failed eventually.
    This idea is ingeniously simple, thank you for posting ;o)