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Bathtub Air Drying Rack

DIY Laundry Drying Rack inspired by meandmydiy.com

Of all the things I am not… I’m not an excellent DIYer… yet! There are tons of thing I would love to make but I don’t have the skill or tools to do. I must say, although I have a lack of talent on some of this stuff, I have no problems asking for help!

I recently mentioned my own personal experience with using reusable menstrual pads. One of the things I found the most frustrating with that experience was air drying these pads before I go to wash them. I was putting them on the bottom of my bathroom tub, but the problem with this is that you have to hope that it’s actually drying out rather than just sitting in its own liquid. I saw this built-in laundry drying rack from me and my diy and I was inspired to make my own version.

My husband recommends doing a clothesline using suction cups and hanging them across with laundry pins but I was worried about the pads being too heavy when wet to keep them up. I thought that possibly they would fall down or that they would pull the makeshift clothesline down.

His alternate suggestion was to use nylon rope, which was something we already had laying around the house, and hang it from the showerhead to the far end of the curtain rod. While I could have done that, I was worried that if we had guests over randomly that it would be difficult to take the clothesline down last minute. Could you imagine giving someone a tour of your home and going Oops… I forgot that the shower curtain wasn’t closed. Or Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry I forgot that was up there… then having your guest ask what the heck that was for. Yeah, I’ll pass on that one if at all possible.

While I didn’t want to go that route myself I did think that the best idea, for me personally, is a DIY. In this case, I’ll have to get outside help, just because I don’t have the required tools.

Before you start, I recommend you check your tub to see if you have enough of a lip, like in the picture below, to actually hold this up. If you don’t then making this won’t do you much good unless you have somewhere else to put it. My guest shower/tub combo has the inner lip, but I was surprised to see at my dad’s house my brother’s old shower/tub combo has only 1/4 inch inner lip, which wouldn’t have been able to hold this up at all. The red in the picture is where the shower wall would have started.

So what am I going to do?

Well, first a trip to the hardware store is going to be necessary. I am going to get PVC pipe, but another option is to make a wood frame.

One – ¾ inch x 10 ft. of PVC pipe. Cost $1.57

Four – ¾ inch 90 degree elbow $2.40

Sales tax is $0.33 so the grand total would be $4.30.

Hubby and I talked it out and we decided that there are two different ways to do this. I started by measuring my tub from the inside corner to the outer edge and it is 28 inches.

My bathtub is 28″ from inside to the exterior lip.

With me having a 10 ft. of PVC pipe my options are to cut them each at two and a half feet (30 inches) each, making equal sides across the board, but then it would have hung over the outside lip of the tub and I wouldn’t have been able to close the shower curtain without it pushing out. The second option was to do two x 3 ft. (36 inches) sections and do two x 2 ft. (24 inches) sections and have it just short of the width of the tub. I’m going to go with the second option.

More options… really?? There are so many customization options… REALLY! You can get a mesh laundry bag that’s large enough to wrap around the top and some of the bottom. Alternatively, if your mesh bag is too small you could use any extra cloth laying around the house to sew an outer edge for the couple of inches it was lacking.

When you get the PVC Pipe frame created and your mesh bag, if necessary, cut the bag down to size then you’ll need to use a hot glue gun to glue the bag onto the frame. You need two people to do this job. We both held our own respective side and Hubby still had to use his other hand to hot glue it. It’s easier when you do one section at a time, then wait until it completely dries (we were watching TV so we did it in like thirty minute intervals) before moving onto the next strip. We did thin strips down the length and we did extra thick strips of glue at the corner to ensure it’d stick forever. We allowed it to dry for a day but it was overkill it could have been used ten minutes after we glued it together.

You are now ready to use your DIY Drying rack! You don’t have to use it for the same things that I am, obviously. You can use them to air dry a variety of different things including clothing or medical supplies. I was recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, people that snore tend to have it especially those who are heavy set or obese. My CPAP supplies are supposed to be washed daily, but having to dry them out is a pain, or was… Not anymore!

When we tally up the cost of my DIY Drying Rack

PVC Pipe                                                   $4.30
White Mesh Laundry Bag               $1.02
$5.32 Total Cost


  • If you’re worried about storage or moving this creation around the house then get some fabric and sew the mesh bag onto fabric and make a circle around the PCV piping. That way you can take it apart and easily store it in a closet or cabinet.
  • If you’re not worried about storage and intend on keeping it like this forever, then take the time to hot glue the elbows onto the piping to prevent it from coming apart in the future. Dad did this part so I’m not sure what type of glue he used…
  • If you’re using this for reusable cloth pads like me, you may want to consider getting a black mesh bag. After washing your pads out in cold water, unless you get every last drop of blood out, you’ll have brown stains on the mesh. You COULD pretreat it with a pre-treatment like a Fels Naptha bar and try to rinse it out but it’s more work than I’m willing to do.

DIY Dishwasher Tabs

Recipe adapted from Mom4Real
Recipe adapted from Mom4Real

Update 2 weeks later: I’ve made both a tester batch and a full one and I find my dishes aren’t AS clean as I want them to be. I’ve noticed that my kitchen utensils don’t always lose their stuck on food, even with soaking, and that the cutlery still has a residue leftover on them. I’m even using distilled white vinegar as a rinse aid. I’ll keep using the batch that I have now but when they are gone I’ll either swap to another DIY or stick with my Kirkland brand. I haven’t decided yet.

Ok, I did go back to the Kirkland brand. I use it only at night or when I’m upstairs so I’m not in the immediate vicinity of the kitchen. Right now it’s the holidays and I don’t have time to play around with detergent recipes.

I’ve used store bought dish tabs for years. I love my Cascade it works incredibly well, but at $20+ per box but is way overpriced so I swapped to the Kirkland and loved it’s affordable price of $10. My problem is that they changed their formula, the smell is different / stronger, and as a result, I started getting headaches every time I did dishes. I don’t consider the fair price worth the tradeoff so I swapped to the Finish Powerball tabs, but those are complete junk!! I have to pre-wash my dirty dishes before I can put them in the dishwasher, and that doesn’t guarantee a good clean. Several items had to be re-washed more than three times to get clean, and if you’re wondering… No, my dishwasher wasn’t over-packed.

Now it’s time to try the DIYs. I saw this recipe from Mom4Real and thought wow 3 ingredients, I can do that. All you need is Baking Soda, Citric Acid (or Lemi Shine) and liquid Dish Soap.

I have a tendency of going all-in when I do DIYs, then I come out disappointed with too much ‘product’ that doesn’t work out for me so this time I decided to reduce the original recipe before I created it. I also decided I wanted more of a blue color than was in the recipe so I added an extra 1 Tbsp of dish soap to the original recipe… so here’s my test version:

1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1 Tbsp Citric Acid or Lemi Shine
1.5 Tsp Dawn*
Mixing Bowl
Glove or Spoon to stir with
Silicone Mold
Airtight Container

I added each to the bowl in order of ingredients and used a gloved hand to mix it up. Once it was nicely incorporated with the pretty light blue color I started to add it to the silicone mold. Now you’ll see a bunch of expanding, so I recommend only adding half the cavity of the mold due to expansion. Set a timer for ten minutes, when the timer is up then you can level off the expanded part and put it into a new cavity. Mine made 6 fully formed tabs.

The original post said to leave it to air dry between 4 hours to overnight, so I left mine on top of our cooled stove. The mixture did dry into hard tabs as promised, which I was excited for. The silicone molds made it super easy to pop them out. I recommend popping them out onto a folded paper towel or hand towel to avoid any breakage. I then put them straight into the airtight container to use as needed.

In my case, my dishwasher was already loaded and ready to be turned on so I tossed a tab at the bottom of the dishwasher, per the original poster’s directions and turned it on.

In this load, I did leave the dishes with stuck-on gravies and pasta on them to see what the result would be, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed! Out of an entire load of dishes, the only thing that didn’t come out clean was the plate that had pasta and gravy on it. I think we had that dinner two days ago and just didn’t have enough dishes to run a load.

I looked up about 20 different DIY dishwasher detergent/tabs yesterday, and as long as this keeps working I won’t be looking any further than the cupboard to get out the ingredients when I need to whip up a new batch.

I’m not sure how much it costs per batch as I already had all the ingredients on hand, but if I remember, I will try to price it out and come back to update later.

*I’ve seen many a recipe call for low-sudsing soaps like Castile, I used this with no problem in my dishwasher. Your needs may be different.


I don’t like to spend money on things if I don’t have to. I also don’t like using chemicals because they trigger my asthma and fragrance allergies, headaches become migraines and I can’t breathe… it’s a lose-lose situation for me.

One of the things I’ve made an exception for in the past is the 409 and the only reason why is for the bottle!  You may think I’m crazy right about now, don’t worry you aren’t the only one!

409 is part of the Clorox Brand, and they introduced Smart Tube® technology several years ago. That Smart Tube® technology allows the user to keep using the product inside to the last drop WITHOUT having to tilt, turn, giggle or waste product.

You can easily use the original product and tear off the brand wrapper, then repurpose the bottle. You can use label makers or markers to write on it specifying what’s inside and even the recipe for it so you can make it over again.

If you are interested in finding out about the bottle, check out this Youtube video. This is not an affiliate link or anything of that nature, I just thought if this helped me it could help someone else too.

You could go out and spend money on a pretty bottle… but this works great and has benefits the pretty one won’t have.

All-purpose cleaner

Buying a great all-purpose solution from the grocery store will set you back about $3, depending on where you live. You can easily make your own for pennies on the dollar by following this recipe.

1 Tablespoon of Dish Soap
8 oz of water (I use this bottle)
1 Spray Bottle

This is easily scalable, meaning you can make it in larger batches if you have a larger bottle or just want to be lazy and make it less frequently. A great recipe calculator I’ve found is from Fruit From Washington and I find that I use it for both cooking and cleaning recipes all the time.

Credit to Clean My Space for the original recipe.