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Accidental Discovery... 
Sep. 27, 2012 7:55 am 
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012 7:16 pm
So, when we moved to Ohio, we left our old (and I do mean old) washer and dryer for the new owners to deal with; not to worry:  they knew what they were getting.  We purchased a new LG washer and dryer, and after getting used to the new-fangled way these appliances worked, we were pretty pleased with them - except for one thing:  both tops are sloped and not much will stay on them.  It's most annoying when you set a bottle of Spray 'n Wash on the dryer while trying to use in on clothes going into the washer and it slides off, or...a stack of neatly folded towels ends up in a heap on the floor.

After washing a dish drying mat that I bought at either Target or WalMart, I laid it on the dryer to air dry.  And much to my surprise, it is a great place to set the much used bottle of stain remover.  Voila - another accidental discovery that solved a little annoyance in my life!
Dish-drying mat prevents slide-offs
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Sep. 27, 2012 8:09 am
Don't you just love it when you make an "accidental" discovery for something that really works? :) I don't get the thinking behind the sloping tops, though.
Sep. 27, 2012 8:14 am
Me neither, on the sloping tops; although my niece said to her mom, "now you can't stack stuff everywhere." It does tend to keep the area neat looking!
Sep. 27, 2012 8:34 am
Good Job MWC, desperation is the Mother of invention!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:11 am
Great Idea midwestchef! I have a problem with things bouncing off my sewing machine table when I sew. I am going to try the mat idea to see if it works for me! Thanks!
Sep. 27, 2012 9:20 am
Hope it helps, Lela. And, yes, Patty - love it when a new discovery works!
Sep. 27, 2012 10:13 am
Great! Had it been marketed for that purpose, it likely would have cost more. And Lela...I was wondering about application for my sewing endeavors. Thanks.
Sep. 27, 2012 7:16 pm
Isn't that just great.Love it.
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