We first read this tip in Real Simple magazine but never actually implemented it in our kitchen. Then we noticed the oily rings on the counter top...
We're pretty neat, but still: Olive oil tends to drip down the sides of the bottle, even if you are a careful pourer. And since we buy pretty big bottles, it has a long time to get slick and messy. When we finally finished the last drop the other night, we noticed barely visible rings on the countertop that aren't exactly wiping up so easily.
Last night we got some extra large (about 6 inches across), absorbent clay coasters as a gift, and we immediately thought about our olive oil. Yes, the coaster we use may have to end up being THE olive oil coaster, but we'll probably see and admire that coaster more than any other in the house. Why not use a good one?
Real Simple also recommends coasters for jars of jam and honey that tend to make your pantry shelves sticky. Read the tip here: Use Coasters to Catch Drips in Pantry.
Buy the coasters above: Meadow coasters, $14.95 from Etsy seller Funky Chicken Design.
Anyone else have a tip for keeping olive oil bottles (and the counters) clean?
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