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Back in November of last year, we wrote about Happitasa’s Silicone Kitchen Sink Organizer Tray, which had racked up over 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon thanks to customers gushing about how much they “love” and “highly recommend” it. Turns out, it’s not just Amazon reviewers who are obsessed with the tray; Kitchn readers can’t stop buying it, either. And since Kitchn readers always know what’s good, I caved in and added one to my cart as well. You’re probably curious if it lives up to the hype. Well, drumroll please: Yes, it does!
My previous solution was a beautiful ceramic tray that held my everyday cleaning essentials, but although it made for a pretty picture, it was totally impractical. The base of the ceramic tray, as well as the bases of the dish soap and hand soap, collected nasty slime and mildew even though I did my very best to keep everything scrubbed and tidy. And — worse than the yellow stains on my white countertops — it also created a very unpleasant situation in an area where I wash vegetables and fruits. Another gross detail? Since the tray didn’t have a proper drainage solution, water tended to accumulate, which made the whole soap-build-up situation even worse!
In contrast, Happitasa’s silicone tray is practically designed to avoid such nasty circumstances. It has lifted grooves that prevent water build-up, keeping the bottoms of my bottles free of slime and mildew. Even the base of the tray stays slime free for almost a week and doesn’t leave any stains or gunky build-up. The whole area is so much cleaner now, and I’m even using the space behind my sink faucet to stack cutting boards. Small-space solution for the win!
Another major pro? Unlike my old situation, the tray is thick and heavy, which means it stays put even when my countertop is wet and slippery. And since it’s made from sturdy, food-grade (non-toxic and BPA-free) silicone, it likely won’t crack, peel, or become brittle, no matter how many times I rinse it off. The tray can also withstand heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so I can easily pop it in the dishwasher for a thorough scrub down without worrying about it melting or warping.
Sure, it isn’t as Instagram-worthy as my ceramic tray (after a long hot soak in a baking soda and vinegar mix, it’s now near my bedside holding my everyday jewelry), but my new solution comes in bright color options, so I can still keep it fun while also making sure it stays organized and hygienic. Happitasa offers two sizes, and while I opted for the longer one (it holds SO much!) with straight lifted grooves, I’m considering getting the shorter option to add to the sink in my bathroom. Heck, I’m so impressed with these I might even get a few to hold messy spoons near the stovetop, prop hand-washed wine glasses, organize jam jars and pickle containers in the refrigerator, store my espresso cups securely near my coffee maker…the options are truly endless.