I’ve been unhappy with my old sink stopper for a while. It was too stiff and large to fit in some of the smaller rounded sinks. I always had leakage when I did my sink laundry. Well, I had leakage when I wasn’t trying to keep the sink stopper from floating to the top of the water. What good is that? You can bet I was looking around for a smaller, better replacement.
When I saw this small silicone pad from La Creuset I knew I had my perfect replacement sink stopper. Technically, it is labeled as a hot pad/pot holder pair. The manufacturer says that it also can be used as a jar opener or coaster. It does these jobs well. I saw something small enough and flexible enough to create a great seal in the sink for laundry. It does that job very well too – I put one of these in the sink and let the water stand for a good 15 minutes. There was no leakage. The silicone makes a stickier seal than plastic would.
I’m always on the lookout for any piece of gear that does double duty. In addition to laundry, I can place this under a cup and use an immersion heater to boil water. Or I can use the tool to open jars when I decide to picnic. It easily fits into the back pocket of my toiletry kit.
One of these pads is 4 inches in diameter and weighs less than an ounce. The cost is $6 US for a pair.