Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.


Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

6 Alternative Uses For Dishwashers

Carla Taylor

Kitchen appliances have been life's answer to instant gratification. Nowadays we use the toaster, microwave, juicer, and blender just to name a few. The dishwasher is a widely popular invention and it would be somewhat rare to find a kitchen without one. As wonderful as the dishwasher is to use for cleaning up after a delicious meal, there are alternative uses.


Dishwashers can be used to clean your children's toys.  So many different types of germs plague our children nowadays.  It can be a struggle to spend time cleaning each piece, but especially during cold and flu season it must be done.  

Omega 3's in the Dishwasher?

Did you know you can cook salmon in your dishwasher? It's not a joke, but true! Empty the dishwasher of dishes.  Prepare the salmon by adding a few pats of butter and fresh lemon slices or juice. Wrap the salmon tightly in two pieces of aluminum foil.  Turn the dishwasher on the hottest water setting. Run through an entire cycle, remove the salmon, and it will be cooked perfectly. Isn't that amazing? Remember to not add soap. What a conversation starter at dinner!

Baseball Hats

Wearing baseball hats, especially in the summertime, causes sweas stain that look awfully dingy. However, running hats through a washing machine can damage the shape.  Washing baseball hats in the dishwasher is a fabulous way to clean them, and it also helps to retain the shape.

Pearly White Brush

Using a toothbrush several times a day for a few months just screams germ breeding ground! It is recommended by many dentists that we change toothbrushes every few months. However, running them through the dishwasher on a weekly basis can keep bacteria, fungi, and a host of other germs at bay.

Kitchen Sponges

Are you a user of kitchen sponges? Germ breeding ground does not begin to describe what lives in there! Unless you are willing to spend money to dispose of the sponges after every use or so, then look no further. Your dishwasher can thoroughly clean and sanitize each sponge, and they can be used without the worry of salmonella or some other horrible bacteria lurking.

Wash Your Spuds

Are you having a large Fourth of July celebration? Are you concerned that you can't make potato salad for 75 people? Use your dishwasher to help! Your eyes are not deceiving you. Use your dishwasher to wash the potatoes. This is a huge timesaver. Otherwise, standing over the sink incessantly scrubbing will take so much time you are sure to be exhausted once company arrives. Use this to take a little stress off of you and enjoy the party.

The pandemonium that surely occurred when the first dishwasher was used in family homes probably can't be described. The time and convenience it offers is priceless.  However, discovering other uses for it is innovative and a terrific conversation starter with friends. Dishwashers aren't just for dishes anymore! Of course, try out these new issues with some caution. you don't want to break your dishwasher and have to call for plumbing services.