Monthly Archives: March 2018
  1. Kitchen Ideas: Why Vinegar is Your New Best Friend When Cleaning

    Kitchen Ideas: Why Vinegar is Your New Best Friend When Cleaning

    When it comes to clean kitchen ideas, white vinegar is a no brainer. It’s a natural disinfectant, has antimicrobial properties, and it’s great for cutting through grease and grime. Here are 7 ways you can use white vinegar to clean practically anything in the kitchen:

    Brighten Stainless Steel Appliances

    Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they’re prone to showing hard water marks and fingerprints. White vinegar and a little oil can get your appliances looking like new.

    First, spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain. All stray marks and fingerprints will be replaced by a fantastic shine.

    Shine up Your Silver

    You can quickly remove tarnish from silver utensils by combining white vinegar with baking soda, salt, and boiling water. Here’s the easy (and kind-of-fun) process.

    Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large bowl. Then, add 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water. Gently place your silver into the solution and you’ll see the tarnish start to lift almost immediately. Let everything soak for 5 to 10 minutes, then give each piece a good buffing with a dry cloth.

    Deodorize the Dishwasher

    Your dishwasher does a lot of dirty work, so of course it’s going to get a bit stinky over time. But there’s a simple solution. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a cycle. Stop the dishwasher halfway through the cycle, and let it stand for 30 minutes. Then, turn it back on and let the cycle complete. This will remove odors and hard water deposits.

    Be sure to check out these 7 tips to prevent dishwasher disasters.

    Freshen the Fridge and Freezer

    Forgotten foods can make your refrigerator and freezer smell pretty funky. Fortunately, white vinegar and hot water make a quick, effective cleaner and deodorizer. Start by emptying out the fridge and freezer and placing all perishables in a cooler. Let the freezer come to room temperature.

    Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle and liberally spray the inside of the appliance. Wipe clean with a sponge. If necessary, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away stuck-on food particles. Be sure to also wipe around the doors and surrounding seal. When done, dry the insides thoroughly with a paper towel or dish towel.

    Here are a few more earth-friendly ways to eliminate refrigerator odors.

    Clean the Coffee Maker

    If your morning cup of joe isn’t tasting too good, then your coffee maker may be due for a cleaning. Fill the water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, start a brew cycle. Midway through the cycle, shut the coffee maker off and let it sit for an hour. Then, switch it back on and let the brew cycle finish. Run two more cycles with just fresh water (no vinegar). Your coffee maker should be back to running as good as new.

    De-Gunk the Oven

    When it comes to cleaning the oven, most people think they need to buy products made with extremely harsh chemicals to get the job done. Not true at all. Instead, you can clean your oven naturally with a little vinegar and baking soda.

    Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in a bowl to create a thick, spreadable paste. Then spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven and let the baking soda sit overnight. The next day, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can with a wet rag. Then, spray the vinegar wherever you see baking soda residue and wipe everything down with a clean rag.

    Enjoy an (Almost) All-Purpose Cleaner

    White vinegar is a cheap, non-toxic, and effective alternative to many commercial cleaners. It can be your go-to cleaner for almost every surface in your kitchen. Just mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use for spills, stains, and general clean up. However, be aware that white vinegar can harm soft stone like marble and eat away at grout between tiles.

    Be sure to check out all of our other helpful kitchen ideas to help your appliances last longer and run better. But if you’re ready for an appliance upgrade, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need from top-name brands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  2. Preventing Disaster: Know When to Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses

    Preventing Disaster: Know When to Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses

    How much attention do you pay to your washing machine hoses? Do you remember the last time you replaced them? If you’re like most people, then you probably had hoses installed with your current washing machine and you haven’t thought about them since.

    But as experts in appliances, we know that completely ignoring the washing machine hoses means you’re taking a major risk. We wanted to explain to you the importance of monitoring your hoses and replacing them regularly.

    Let’s start with the basics. Washing machine hoses are located on the back of your machine and bring water from your home’s pipes into the machine. They are typically made with rubber but can also be made of stainless steel or nylon

    Watch the hoses the next time your washing machine fills up. You may be surprised to see just how much pressure those hoses are under during a typical wash cycle. Another issue to consider is water hammer. Water hammer occurs when the flow of water through a pipe is suddenly stopped. For example, when your washing machine shuts off the valve after the wash basin is full. The abrupt stoppage of water creates a wave of pressure that travels along the pipe and will impact anything that connects to the pipe, including your washing machine hoses.

    Between water pressure and water hammer, your washing machine hoses take a lot more abuse than you may have realized. Over time, rubber hoses lose their flexibility, weaken, and tear. If one of those hoses disconnects or bursts, all of that water is going to empty right into your home. That’s bad news if your washer is in the basement, and really bad news if your washer is on another level of your home. And just imagine how much damage could occur if a hose were to fail while you were at work or worse- on vacation. We’re talking catastrophic flooding and expensive damage.

    Here are a few suggestions to lower the risk of your washing machine hoses suddenly bursting:

    • Replace your old rubber hoses regularly. Most plumbers recommend changing hoses every 5 years. Another rule of thumb is to change them every leap year. That may make the chore easier to remember.
    • Install nylon hoses. Nylon hoses are inexpensive, easy to install, and can take a lot more abuse than rubber hoses.
    • Purchase an emergency shutoff kit. Available at your local hardware store, these devices come with a water sensor, so if a leak is detected, an alarm goes off and the water supply valves automatically close. It may be a good investment.

    So, be sure to check your washing machine hoses every few months. Look for fraying, bulging, cracking, or small leaks and replace them if they look worn. It’s also a good idea to replace them if you can’t remember the last time you did (even if they look fine). It’s a small investment of time and money, but it could help you avoid thousands of dollars of damage. 

    If you’re ready to upgrade more than just your washing machine hoses, then come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to any member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. They’ll listen to your needs and recommend a product from our extensive inventory of world-class washing machine brands that are known for dependability like SamsungWhirlpoolGE, and Electrolux.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. This Spring, Don't Forget to Clean Your Appliances

    This Spring, Don't Forget to Clean Your Appliances

    Spring is quickly approaching. While many of us are welcoming the warmer weather, we’re also thinking about that age-old tradition that comes with the season—spring cleaning! Curtains, bedding, rugs, windows, and floors usually get the special springtime treatment, but it’s easy to forget that kitchen appliances need some TLC too.

    Here are some tips to help you give your kitchen appliances a good spring cleaning.

    Refrigerators

    Refrigerators can get pretty gross if not cleaned regularly. Here’s how to do it properly:

    1. First, remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer. Toss out any old food. Perishables that are still edible should be stored in a cooler while you clean.

    2. Unplug the unit and let freezer defrost.

    3. Soak shelves and bins in warm soapy water. If your refrigerator has dishwasher-safe shelves, then you can let your dishwasher handle the work.

    4. Spray the inside of the refrigerator and freezer with your preferred cleaner and scrub thoroughly. A mixture of hot water and vinegar also works well as non-toxic alternative to most cleaners.

    5. Vacuum your refrigerator’s condenser coils.

    6. Wash the exterior with soap and water, or commercial stainless steel cleaner, if needed.

    7. Once clean, you can plug the unit in and put your food back. And you might as well use this as an opportunity to ensure your refrigerator is perfectly organized.

    If the refrigerator is holding onto any lingering odors even after you clean it, then check out these earth-friendly ways to eliminate refrigerator odors.

    Range Tops

    Range tops are magnets for food spills, but they don’t have to be stuck on there forever.

    1. Some gas range tops have dishwasher-safe grates and burner caps. If yours does, then you’re in luck. If not, remove the grates and burner caps and wash them by hand with hot soapy water. Let them soak for a while if there’s some stubborn burnt on food.

    2. Spray a citrus-based cleaner on the stovetop and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to disinfect the area and lift away stains. After 10 minutes, wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat if necessary. 

    3. Turn knobs to off position and lift them off. Wipe them clean with a wet and soapy cloth, dry thoroughly, and place them back on the stove top.

    These are the steps for cleaning a gas range top. If you have an electric cooktop, the coiled heating elements can easily be replaced if they get damaged or extremely dirty. Induction cooktops are super easy to clean. Simply wipe them down with a damp cloth or use your favorite kitchen cleaner. Find out more about the pros and cons of each type of range top.

    Ovens

    Months of baked on messes make ovens one of the toughest appliances to clean. But it’s far from impossible if you know how.

    1. Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After they soak for about 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge. 

    2. While the racks are soaking, you can use a commercial oven cleaner to clean the oven’s interior. Carefully follow the directions on the label and be sure to wear gloves. 

    3. If you prefer a non-toxic alternative, you can mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water to create a thick, spreadable paste that you then apply to the oven’s interior.

    Microwaves

    Your microwave may take the most abuse of any appliance in the kitchen. However, cleaning it is a breeze.

    1. Place a bowl filled with water and several freshly cut slices of lemon in the center of the microwave and heat it for 3 minutes.

    2. When it stops, leave the door closed for about 5 minutes. This will allow the steam to penetrate and soften stains and spills.

    3. Then, open the door, remove the bowl and wipe the interior clean with a paper towel.

    Dishwashers

    Despite being bathed in detergent and water day in and day out, dishwashers can get dirty.

    1. Soak the racks and utensil basket in warm soapy water.

    2. Fill the dishwasher detergent cup with white vinegar or a commercial dishwasher cleaner. Run a heavy clean cycle. About 20 minutes in, stop the cycle and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, start the cycle again and let it finish.

    3. Clean the exterior with soapy warm water, or a stainless steel cleaner.

    Remember to add kitchen appliances to your spring cleaning “to-do” list. And if you’d rather celebrate springtime with some new appliances, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need from top-name brands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  4. 5 Festive Recipes for the Perfect St. Patrick's Day Drink

    5 Festive Recipes for the Perfect St. Patrick's Day Drink

    Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party this year? Forget the green beer. We’ve got 5 fun and festive recipes for St. Patrick’s Day drinks that are almost as good as finding a pot of gold. Sláinte!

    Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch

    A sparkling pineapple-lime rum punch with a colorful marshmallow rim. Leave out the rum for a kid-friendly version.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of small, colored marshmallows (usually found in breakfast cereal)
    • 1 bunch fresh mint
    • 2 packages of unsweetened lemon-lime flavored drink mix
    • 8 cups of pineapple juice, chilled
    • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda, chilled
    • 1 bottle of white rum (optional)
    • 2 lemons, sliced
    • 3 limes, sliced
    • Honey to rim the glasses

    Instructions

    1. To rim the glasses, first place marshmallows into a sandwich bag and crush into small pieces. Then, pour out crushed pieces into a small bowl. Rub honey around the edge of the glasses, then dip into the crushed marshmallows.

    2. To make the punch, muddle the mint with the drink mix.

    3. Add pineapple juice and stir until mix is dissolved.

    4. Stir in soda, rum, and fruit.

    5. Pour punch into rimmed glasses.

     

    The Healthy Shamrock Shake

    Made with milk, avocado, and fresh mint, this version of the shamrock shake is refreshing and healthy. Keep it alcohol free or make it an “adults only” treat.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of milk (use coconut, soy, or dairy)
    • 1 cup of ice
    • ½ avocado
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves
    • Honey, maple syrup, or sugar to taste
    • 4 tablespoons of peppermint schnapps (optional)

    Instructions

    Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

     

    The Green Bloody Mary

    Give this brunch staple an Irish twist by using green tomatoes. Plus, there’s bacon. 

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups of green tomatoes
    • 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons of parsley
    • ½ cup of cucumber chunks
    • Juice from 2 limes
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 jalapeno, quartered
    • 2 teaspoons of horseradish
    • 8 ounces of vodka
    • Ice (Check out Reno’s high-quality ice-makers.)
    • Kosher salt to taste
    • 4 romaine lettuce leaf hearts
    • 4 strips crispy bacon
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Lemon wedges

    Instructions

    1. Combine the green tomatoes, vinegar, parsley, cucumber chunks, lime juice, Worcestershire and jalapeno in a blender. Puree on high until very smooth.

    2. Stir in the horseradish and the vodka. Season to taste with kosher salt.

    3. Fill 4 glasses with ice cubes.

    4. Pour over ice and garnish with Romaine lettuce leaf hearts, crispy strips of bacon, cherry tomatoes, and lemon wedges.

     

    Irish Coffee

    Perhaps the quintessential Irish drink is this coffee with a kick. Here’s our guide on how to make it perfectly.

    Ingredients

    • Half a cup of good coffee brewed in a high-quality coffee maker
    • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
    • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
    • 1½ cup of fresh cream

    Instructions

    1. Pour the whiskey into the glass.

    2. Pour in the coffee to about an inch from the top.

    3. Add the sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

    4. Place the spoon so that the curved part of the spoon is touching the coffee.

    5. Pour the cream onto the spoon. The cream will flow over the edge of the spoon and rest on top of the coffee.

     

    The Irish Mexican

    Turn the classic Margherita into an emerald green Irish drink.

    Ingredients

    • 2 ounces of tequila
    • 4 ounces of blue curacao
    • 2 ounces of peach schnapps
    • 1 ounce of Irish whiskey
    • 1 ounce of Aperol
    • 1 ounce of lime juice
    • 8 ounces of pineapple juice
    • Gold sugar crystals for glass rim
    • Corn syrup for glass rim
    • 1 cup of shaved ice

    Instructions

    1. To rim the glasses, spread the corn syrup onto the rims of 2 margarita glasses. Pour the gold sugar crystals out on a plate. Run the rims of the glasses through the sugar crystals to coat.

    2. Add a rounded scoop of ice to each of the glasses.

    3. Add all other ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.

    4. Shake for 10 seconds.

    5. Pour half into each glass.

     

    These are just a few fun ideas for St. Patricks Day drinks. If you’re the type of person who loves to entertain year round, then maybe a wine fridge or beer kegerator would be a great addition to your home.   

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  5. Is Styrofoam Recyclable?

    Is Styrofoam Recyclable?

    Expanded polystyrene foam, more commonly known as Styrofoam, is everywhere. It’s used in the packaging of appliances, electronics, food, and about a million other consumer goods, but don’t expect it to go away anytime soon. The global demand for Styrofoam is steadily increasing. In fact, some experts expect demand for Styrofoam to increase to a high of 23.5 million tons by 2020. Considering that Styrofoam is non-biodegradable, you can’t help but wonder “is Styrofoam recyclable?”

    At Reno’s Appliance, we deliver about 600 appliances per week—most of them packaged in cardboard and Styrofoam. So we’re not only experts in appliances, but we’ve become experts in recycling our packaging materials as well. We wanted to share some of the basics about Styrofoam recycling.

    Is Styrofoam recyclable?

    The short answer is yes. The technology to recycle Styrofoam already exists and a small percentage of manufacturers have been producing goods from recycled Styrofoam for years. One of the reasons why Styrofoam recycling isn’t more popular is because it’s so expensive to transport. Styrofoam is actually about 95% air. So when you fill a truck with Styrofoam, you’re actually spending a lot of money to move very little product.  

    However, the costs associated with transporting Styrofoam can be reduced considerably by reducing its volume. That’s just a fancy way of saying “smoosh it all together.” Companies can do that with what is known as volume reduction equipment. There are three basic types of volume reduction equipment:

    • Balers use a hydraulic ram to crush large amounts of Styrofoam into bales that are tied with twine for easy transport.
    • Cold compactors first break Styrofoam down into flakes, and then turn those flakes into logs. The resulting logs can be broken down into smaller shapes or even pellets, if needed.
    • Thermal densifiers use heat to melt Styrofoam into a resin, which is then allowed to cool into bricks. This method creates the most compact and sterile end product.

    Does Reno’s recycle Styrofoam?

    As mentioned at the top of this article, Reno’s crew typically delivers 600 appliances per week. Each appliance is carefully unboxed and inspected at the delivery site. All of the packing materials are then loaded back into the truck and taken to the warehouse. Reno’s has been recycling all of its cardboard for years, but Styrofoam recycling has been more of a challenge.

    In 2017, Paul Cioletti of Reno’s did some research and decided that a thermal densifier would be the best solution to handle their Styrofoam packaging. Once the Styrofoam is processed, it is sold to a company that uses it to make picture frames. So far, Reno's has recycled over 5,000 pounds of Styrofoam. That’s 5,000 pounds of Styrofoam that didn’t go to a landfill. And that’s just the beginning.

    What’s in store for the future?

    More and more products are being made from recycled Styrofoam, including coat hangers, toys, and office supplies. But it’s not stopping there. Some companies are even mixing recycled Styrofoam with concrete to build walls for homes and buildings. Turns out, homes made from the recycled material are more sound proof and provide greater insulation.

    These recycling innovations are good news, but will need to continue as the demand for Styrofoam increases year after year. Without recycling, more Styrofoam will end up in landfills, taking up significant space. In addition, it can easily be blown into streets, bodies of water, and storm drains. Hopefully, greater profit, not to mention a cleaner planet, will incentivize more companies to step up their Styrofoam recycling efforts.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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