Dishes Still Wet After Running Through the Dishwasher? Try This.

Updated: Jan. 31, 2024

This dishwasher hack will dry your wet dishes in just 5 minutes!

Let’s face it—dishwashers have arguably become one of the most important kitchen appliances that most of us can’t live without. And for good reason, since they make cleaning up after any meal or cooking situation a breeze. However, it can still be tedious and time-consuming to dry a full rack of dishes if they’re still wet after a wash cycle in the dishwasher.

Luckily, influencer Barbara Costello, aka the cleaning hack lifesaver whose TikTok handle is @brunchwithbabs, has graced us with a video that will save dishwasher owners tons of time. This time, Babs—who calls herself Grandma Babs—teaches viewers how to skip hand-drying wet dishes from the dishwasher using this hack.

Grandma Babs is no stranger to dishwasher hacks. Through her 2.7 million TikTok following, she’s taught users tons of cleaning hacks, like loading a dishwasher. Babs also showcases other helpful kitchen hacks, like how to degrease sauce.

The Dishwasher Drying Hack for Wet Dishes


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Rather than spend tons of time hand-drying your dishes—or letting them sit in the dishwasher for three days until they dry, as one user commented—Babs shows us an easy trick to speed up the process.

According to Babs, don’t waste your time hand-drying your dishes. Simply grab a terry-cloth dish towel. Then, at the end of the cleaning cycle, place the towel within the dishwasher’s door and close it. All you have to do is wait five minutes and bam—the dishes are dry and ready to be put away!

Now that you know how to dry your dishwasher dishes faster, here’s a list of items you never knew you could clean in the dishwasher.