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Washing the dishes is not something that sits at the top of most people’s list of things they enjoy.
However, though it’s unlikely to ever be our favourite activity, we can strive to make it a little bit more bearable for ourselves.
Put some music on and dance around as we wash the remnants of dinner away, for example, do it with our partner so that we can chat while one cleans and one dries or invest in a gadget that helps to take away some of the unpleasantness.
What type of gadget? We hear you ask.
Well, the OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer is a pretty good place to start.
The strainer sits at the top of the drain and collects bits of food in its silicone basket as you wash, while also letting water continue to throw down the plughole.
When you’re done, simply take it over to the bin, invert it with the centre handle, and watch the food fly off - without you having had to touch soggy cornflakes or flecks of egg once.
Buy it: OXO Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer | £12 from John Lewis & Partners
The silicone basket makes it easy to rinse when you’ve tipped the food away and the handle is long enough that you needn’t come into contact with anything that has collected within the strainer.
With over 3000 five-star ratings on Amazon, it’s clear that the strainer is changing the chore in households all over the world.
“Really nice quality item. I was surprised at how easy it is to clean and how well it fitted our kitchen sink plug hole,” one, particularly taken, customer wrote.
“When in place it looks like it's part of the sink. The centre pin makes it a doddle to pick up and turn inside out for cleaning. It makes every other sink strainer we've had look like cheap rubbish, which they were compared to this.”
While another simply commented: “Well worth buying.”
Yes, we know it’s a first-world problem but you try washing up the Sunday roast once it’s sat congealing on the side for hours while you all played Scrabble.