Uncommon Uses For The Common Dishwasher

Believe it or not, your dishwasher can be used for more than just dishes. To be exact, it can be used for 11 other unexpected items: (Courtesy Sarah Stebbins, Yahoo!)

1. Baseball Caps: Caps can often get bent in the washing machine, but hold their shape in the dishwasher, especially inside a contraption like the Ball cap Washer. Don’t wash them with dishes; food can get trapped in the cloth.

2. Action Figures and Other Small Toys: These can ride in a mesh lingerie bag on the top rack, but don’t wash Barbie or she’ll have a horrible hair day.

3. Rain Boots: Boots should have the liners removed and laid horizontally. Hook flip flops on tines in the top rack. (FYI, Crocs are not dishwasher-safe).

4. Tools: Tools with metal or plastic handles hold up fine.

5. Ceramic Cabinet Knobs: These do well in the silverware basket, so if you feel like embarking on the process (remove, wash, replace), go for it.

6. Hairbrushes and Combs: Plastic brushes and combs can take a spin, but not wood or natural boar-bristle brushes.

7. Fan Grilles, Switch Plates, and Vent Covers: If they’re plastic, aluminum, or steel then they’re good to go. Enameled, painted, or plated should stay out.

8. Shin Guards, Knee Pads, and Mouth Guards: Toss them all into the top rack.

9. Light-Fixture Covers: These are fine in the top rack, as long as they’re not antique, enameled, or painted.

10. Garden Tools: Because these may have come in contact with pesticides or animals, don’t mix them with a load of dishes. (And don’t wash those with wood handles.)

11. Potatoes: These can get nice and clean in the top rack with a rinse-only cycle (no detergent)/ Sound crazy? It makes mashed potatoes for 20 a lot quicker!

What NOT to put in the dishwasher…

1. Cast-Iron, Enameled-Cast-Iron, and Copper Pots and Pans: Cast iron rusts, enameled cast iron chips, and copper dents.

2. Formal Dishes and Nice Flatware: Rule of thumb: If it’s something you would cry over harming or losing, don’t put it in. If you do put sterling silver in the dishwasher, use about a tablespoon of detergent and don’t mix it with stainless-steel flatware; a chemical reaction between the metals can discolor the silver.

3. Wooden Spoons: These often warp and crack. If you don’t mind replacing them frequently, throw them in. Otherwise, wash them in the sink.

4. Good Kitchen Knives and Steak Knives: These aren’t cheap, so why risk dulling their blades?

5. Crystal Glasses: These are especially vulnerable. Food particles can etch them and heat can cause cracks. After hand washing (it’s usually safer than using the china/crystal setting), dry with a cloth that hasn’t been laundered with fabric softener, which can leave a film.

6. Insulated Mugs and Containers: These feature vacuum seal, which can be destroyed if water seeps in.

7. Brass Items: Hot water can remove the natural protective layer that forms on brass.

8. Wooden Cutting Boards: These can swell and contract, leaving them teetery and essentially useless on a counter. Most bamboo boards are susceptible, too.


Louisiana Comes to Long Beach!

Rainbow Promotions, LLC will be hosting their 26th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival this Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., and this Sunday, June 24 from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park.

This year’s festival will feature an expanded variety of music, offering a wider range of Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues artists. In addition to the traditional Zydeco, the festival will be adding a more contemporary flair with the sounds of newer, younger Zydeco music groups. Some of the featured artists include Chris Ardoin and NuStep; Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege and Cajun Country Revival; Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie; Zac Harmon; Guitar Shorty; Lil’ Wayne and Same Ol’ 2-Step; Barbara Morrison; Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys; and more!

This year’s parade will also be expanded, and participants are invited to bring a mask or costume. The adult with the most original costume will win two Bayou Festival t-shirts!

Tickets to the festival range anywhere from $10-$65 and can be purchased online, or at the gate the day of.

Rainbow Promotions, LLC is a proud supporter of the Louisiana to Los Angeles Organizing Committee (LALA), whose projects “offer a wealth of Louisiana culture and celebrate the shared traditions of all Louisianans” while raising funds for local youth college scholarships.

For more information, please call (562) 424-0013, or visit www.longbeachfestival.com.


Stroll & Savor!

Belmont Shore will once again host their annual Stroll & Savor event this Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The event will allow participants to stroll through local shops and boutiques while feasting on savory treats from a variety of restaurants and coffee houses. Tickets can be purchased before the event at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes Etc., and Sweet Jill’s. Tickets can be purchased the night of the event in front of Chase Bank. A book of 12 tickets cost $10.

For more information, or for a list of participating businesses, please call (562) 434-3066.

4th Annual Green Festival

The 4th Annual Green Festival will take place tomorrow, June 9 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Marina Green (East Shoreline Dr.).

The day, themed “Change is in the Air,” will feature local art, music, exhibitors, educational workshops, food trucks, the Long Beach Aquarium Touch Tank, yoga, a fashion show, and much more! Admission is FREE!

Green Long Beach is a non-profit organizations that works to “promote environmental awareness and leadership through environmental education and outreach, green spaces and community gardens, green jobs and training, and the annual GreenLB Festival”.

For more information, visit www.GreenLB.org, or call (562) 646-SOIL.