Unitasker Wednesday: Wash and Drain dish tub

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

In my kitchen, I have two rather large stainless steel sinks. I can fit my biggest stock pot in either one. One of the great things about my kitchen sinks is that when I’m finished washing my dishes I simply pull the plug and the water goes down the drain. I clean my sinks regularly because they can harbour germs. Cleaning two functional and practical sinks clean takes time and effort so I cannot fathom why I would ever need another sink especially a very small, plastic, portable one.

wash and drain dish tub

The Joseph Joseph Wash and Drain dish tub is basically an expensive plastic washtub with handles and a drain. It is smaller than the average bar sink. I’m not sure even sure it would fit my smaller pots and pans. I would suggest that if you have a perfectly functional kitchen sink, the Wash and Drain dish tub would fall into the unitasker category and would probably not be something you would use.

However, If you do not have a functional kitchen sink, perhaps you’re camping, living in a dorm or RV, or undergoing home renovations, the Wash and Drain dish tub might come in handy.

Thanks to reader Melanie for pointing out this unitasker to us.

15 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Wash and Drain dish tub”

  1. posted by Lily on

    Was living in a tiny apartment with ONE tiny sink, and this exact item saved my sanity. It’s a special category of unitasker, I suppose — those that are JUST the EXACT thing you need, with no added frills …

  2. posted by Jean on

    I would like this when camping

  3. posted by Jim Cook on

    When I lived in CA, the smaller size meant I wasn’t wasting water filling the whole sink just to scrub some dishes.

    Not a unitasker at all.

  4. posted by JD on

    I don’t get the drain — can’t I just pour it out? I know some older people who simply used the biggest pot or bowl that was used to prepare the meal as a dishpan when washing dishes. I got a simple plastic dishpan with flat bottom for hand washing fragile dishes — it fits in my sink, holds all but the biggest stock pot I have, can be used to hold large amounts of dry goods, holds mounds of peelings and scraps when canning foods, catches overflow from a fermenting crock of pickles, soaks a stained item, and serves as an impromptu cooler for sodas when filled with ice. It cost me about $2.

  5. posted by Mike Hathaway on

    another item that can be replaced with a $5 bucket.

  6. posted by AFC on

    I’ve used this tub for years. It’s great for soaking any number of things, and I’ve used it mainly for laundry. I can soak little kid clothes in stain remover and then drain the water without flipping all the clothes out at the same time.

    Unitaskers often have defenders, no matter how odd the object. But may I say, I was a little surprised at the tone of the post this week. It seemed a disdainful of people living in dorms, RVs, etc.

  7. posted by Gaynor on

    I agree – it has it uses – not sure if I would use the drain but I don’t understand why people do not use dishpans in the US – most of Europe does and it uses so much less water – you can also drain the dregs of the cup of tea directly into the sink so you do not have to drain it into your washing water.

  8. posted by Sheila on

    This would be great for washing vegetables and make it easy for me to carry the wash water out to the garden – So Cal drought behavior.

  9. posted by Beth b on

    I have a small apartment/kitchen/no dishwasher situation so I usually just use a white plastic dish tub from target for this but I will say one of the downsides is underneath gets so gross because it sits directly on the sink surface and sometimes blocks the sink drain (no garbage disposal which I miss even more than a dishwasher) so I can see the arguement for this item with its little legs. Although I will probably just try to retrofit my dishtub now after having seen this post.

  10. posted by Marianne P on

    As someone who’s very tall 6’2″ and finds standard counter height too low, I’ve used something similar when I have to hand wash dishes. Maybe its a unitasker but for me its a back saver.

  11. posted by Nicky on

    In the UK a lot of people like to use a small square bucket inside their sink to wash the dishes in, then when you’re done you tip out the water. I think originally it was to protect the sink from scratches/the dishes from chips and it’s stuck around. Maybe it’s just the older generations now though. This is like a fancy one of those.

  12. posted by Jessie on

    For Beth B. – I use a regular dishpan in the sink and it blocks the drain, also. What I do is take a tablespoon and place it, bowl down, under the edge of the dishpan. It holds it just high enough so any water can drain out while I’m washing dishes. When finished, I just tip the pan upside down and then wash the bottom with a little dish soap and rinse, leaving it to drain tilted upside down in the sink.

  13. posted by MJ Ray on

    Washing up bowls may be unitaskers but they’re very useful ones: in addition to saving water and protecting the sink and dish if you drop anything, plastic is also much better insulation than the metal sink, so you’re not doing most of the dishes in tepid water.

    I don’t understand why you need a drain plug rather than tip it out, though. Also, to the person who said the underside gets groddy: don’t leave it sat in the sink when not in use. Upturn it on the draining rack to dry out.

  14. posted by precisehomebuilders on

    Useful thing for home (to saving water) but for outdoor&camping really bettr to use cheap plastic bucket or basin.

  15. posted by Christine Lawrie on

    I have an annoying tendency to stack dirty dishes in the sink, which means emptying the sink before I can actually use it to clean the dirty dishes. I bought a cheap plastic tub which goes in the sink. The dirty dishes get stacked in the tub, which can then be lifted out when the washing up needs to be done, and given a wipe with hot soapy water at the end.

    But I don’t think this is what they had in mind.

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