T2T (Trash to Treasure) is a new series we’ll be featuring periodically to offer reuses for common household objects.
Before having Little Bear, I bought one of these (albeit at a thrift store), succumbing to the purchasing mania that precedes giving birth. After actually attempting to use this for bottle parts and pump parts, I realized it was completely impractical: the smallest pump parts would’ve fallen through the basket holes anyway, and the larger pump parts could just hang out in the silverware basket that already came with my dishwasher. Sooo….
Canning bands can either be sterilized in the dishwasher or in a pan of simmering hot water. Why simmer when your dishwasher can do the work for you? This basket keeps them from clanking around in the dishwasher and lets you pull them out all together to cut down on the times you have to touch them.