1. Repair or Replace? When it’s Time to Say Goodbye

    Repair or Replace? When it’s Time to Say Goodbye

    Ice cream is melting in the freezer. The refrigerator is warm. Clothes come out of the dryer still wet. The dishwasher is making a weird noise. If you’ve experienced any of these appliance malfunctions, then you’re probably asking yourself what to do—repair or replace the appliance?

    At Reno’s Appliance, we know that deciding to repair or replace appliances can be difficult, but answering these 7 questions may help point you toward the right answer.

    1. Do you have a warranty?
    The very first thing you’ll need to determine is if your appliance has a warranty. Most appliances come with a one-year warranty, plus you’ll typically have the option to purchase an extended warranty (usually 5 years). That way, you’re covered for a total of 6 years. If anything goes wrong with during that time, you can have it repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you.

    2. How much will the repair cost?
    Here’s a good rule of thumb: If the repair costs less than 50% of what you paid for it, then the repair is worth it. Remember to factor in the cost of any new parts along with the cost of labor when considering the overall cost of a repair. Likewise, you should also consider the cost of having a new appliance delivered and installed in addition to its purchase price.

    3. How old is the appliance?
    We can use that same 50% rule when it comes to the age of your appliances as well. That means if your appliance is more than halfway through its expected life span, and requires repair work that’s more than half its original cost, then you’re better off getting a new appliance. Here’s the average life span of some common household appliances:

    4. Are parts available?
    You may love your washing machine because it’s been reliable for 25 years. But if one day it stops working and you vow to repair “old faithful” instead of replacing it (no matter how much parts cost) just know that the matter may be out of your hands. The truth is, many manufacturers eventually stop making parts for their machines. So, if your appliance is particularly old, the part needed to repair it may not even exist anymore—and you’ll soon be shopping.

    5. Do you need a more energy-efficient appliance?
    Energy costs are another important factor when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances. Appliances are getting more efficient every day. Chances are, if you’ve had an appliance for several years, there is probably a more efficient model available. Energy-efficient models often come with rebates and purchase incentives to help offset upfront costs. Plus, you’ll see reduced utility bills in the future.

    6. Are you practicing good appliance maintenance?
    You may be able to put off the repair or replace decision by adopting a few simple appliance maintenance practices. For example, you should periodically vacuum your refrigerator condenser coils to help it run more efficiently. Being careful to not overload your washer and dryer will help extend the life of both appliances. And the best way to maintain your oven is to clean it periodically with baking soda and vinegar.

    7. Do you want a new appliance?
    Sometimes, a broken appliance is the perfect excuse for you treat yourself to something new. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a French door refrigerator, a pro range, or a dishwasher that better matches your kitchen’s décor. If you’ve got the finances and the desire, then there’s no reason not to go for it.

    Keep these tips in mind if one of your appliances breaks and you find yourself agonizing over the question to repair or replace. And, if you decide that replacing your appliance is the best option, then head over to the Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

    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.

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  2. How to Use Laundry Detergent: The Ultimate Guide

    How to Use Laundry Detergent: The Ultimate Guide

    If you look for laundry detergent in any supermarket these days, you’ll see an array of liquids, pods, powders, high-efficiency (HE) formulas, and more. With so many detergent products out there, it's no wonder that there’s confusion about how to use laundry detergent correctly. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re washing machine experts and wanted to give you these quick tips on how to use laundry detergent to get the best results.

    1. Determine Your Detergent Preference.
      Liquid detergents are easy to pour and work great for pre-treating stains like grease, grass, and ground-in dirt. Powder detergents are good for consistent, everyday washing, but using too much can leave a residue on your clothes. Finally, there’s the newest detergent product, the laundry pod. These are super convenient and take the guesswork out of properly measuring detergent. Just make sure you keep these stored away from pets and children. Their bright colors make them look like toys or candy.

      No matter what type of detergent you choose, make sure you are using an HE formula detergent if you have an HE appliance. HE detergents produce fewer suds and make it easier for HE machines to rinse out the soap. Using standard detergent in an HE machine will create far too many suds and can damage the machine over time. If you have a standard washing machine, then you can use any type of detergent, including HE formulas.
    2. Consider Load Size.
      It makes sense that you should use less detergent on smaller loads and more detergent on larger loads. Here’s how to determine load size: If your machine looks about one-quarter full once all the clothes are inside, then that’s considered a small load. If it looks about half-full, it’s a medium load, and if it’s close to full, then it’s a large load. Washing large loads is fine, but don’t cram too many clothes in at once—you’ll likely wind up with wrinkled, not-so-clean clothes.
    3. Use the Right Amount of Detergent.
      A large part of knowing how to use laundry detergent is knowing how much to use. Most people think a full capful of liquid detergent or a full scoop of powder is the perfect amount every time. But you should be a bit more careful when measuring out your laundry detergent. Detergents today tend to be much more concentrated than they were in the past, so a full cap or scoop is likely not necessary. Check the recommended amounts on the detergent packaging and double-check the cap’s measuring lines before you pour. And remember: Using too much detergent won’t make your clothes cleaner—in fact, your clothes won’t get as clean and they’ll wear out more quickly.
    4. Figure Out What Goes in First.
      Should you pour in the detergent after your clothes? Or pour in the detergent first? If you have a regular top-loading machine, it’s best to fill your washer with a bit of water first, then add your detergent, then add your clothes. This helps the detergent get evenly distributed in the water before it hits your clothes. You definitely never want to pour powder or liquid directly on top of your clothes because it may not dissolve completely and will leave a film on your clothes. If you have an HE washer or a standard front-loading washer, then it should have a special compartment for detergent. Simply pour in the recommended amount of detergent, then add your clothes and start the wash.

    Knowing how to use laundry detergent properly will not only result in cleaner clothes, but your washing machine will last longer as well. Of course, the best laundry detergent in the world won’t help if you’ve got an old or defective washing machine.

    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 washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like Whirlpool, Electrolux, Samsung, and GE.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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  3. How to Clean Out a Washing Machine

    How to Clean Out a Washing Machine

    Do you know how to clean out a washing machine? Did you even realize that your washing machine needs to be cleaned?

    It’s easy to forget that your washing machine needs a good cleaning every now and then. After all, it’s designed to clean clothes, shouldn’t it keep itself clean too? The short answer is no. Over time, mold, bacteria, and lint can build up in the little nooks and crannies of your washing machine. This can cause your machine to smell bad and may even cause your clothes to stink. To prevent that from happening, here are 6 steps you can take to clean out a washing machine in your home.

    1. Clean the Gaskets and Door Seals
      Soak some clean towels or rags with either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar and pack them around any rubber gaskets or door seals. Let the towels sit for about an hour to loosen up any mold or grime and really disinfect the area. After an hour, remove the rags and use a toothbrush or sponge to scrape away any remaining residue. Then wipe it all down with a clean, dry soft cloth.
    2. Turn Your Attention to the Wash Tub
      Once the door seals are clean, start a wash cycle using the settings for the hottest temperature water, the largest load size, and the longest wash time. If you have a top-loading washer, add ½ cup of baking soda and 1 liter of vinegar as the tub is filling. For a front-loading machine, add the vinegar to the detergent dispenser and the baking soda to the fabric softener dispenser, and begin the wash cycle.
    3. Let it Soak
      If you have a top-loading washer, let the machine agitate for 1 to 2 minutes, then open the lid so it stops. Let it soak for an hour before closing the lid and letting the cycle finish. If you have a front-loader, then just let it run through the cycle without soaking.
    4. Clean the Outside
      While the cycle runs, wipe down the outside of the machine with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Be sure to clean the back of the machine where dust and dirt collects. And while you’re back there, check the water hoses for bulges or leaks.
    5. Run a Second Cycle
      When the first cycle ends, run another cycle with just hot water. Once the second cycle is finished, leave the washing machine door open to allow the inside to dry and to prevent mildew growth.
    6. Don’t Forget the Details
      Before you can consider your washing machine to be completely clean, you’ll need to take care of a few final details. Take your vinegar-soaked towel and wipe down the inside of the lid or door. Use an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar or peroxide to scrub rim of the tub. If your machine has an agitator, then wipe that down as well. Finally, clean out your washer’s lint trap. This is something you should be doing it regularly anyway. If you don’t know where your washing machine’s lint trap is located, then check the owner’s manual.

    If your washer gets heavy use, then you should run through this cleaning cycle once or twice a month to keep it clean and in tip-top shape. Some of today’s washers have a self-cleaning cycle, which may help reduce how often you need to run through this deep-clean ritual, but nothing will replace good old elbow grease when it comes time to clean out a washing machine.

    But, if you think your washing machine needs more than a good cleaning to save it, then perhaps it’s time for a new one. Come to Reno’s Appliance where you can choose from an extensive inventory of world-class washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, and many others.

    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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  4. Important Tips on Kitchen Safety for Kids

    Important Tips on Kitchen Safety for Kids

    Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to teach them an essential life skill, spend quality time with them, pass on family recipes, and get them curious about trying new foods. However, the kitchen has many potential hazards that little ones should be aware of. At Reno’s Appliance, we are kitchen experts and have compiled this list of 8 tips that you can use to teach kitchen safety for kids.

    Always Ask an Adult
    This may seem obvious, but as your kids get more comfortable and independent in the kitchen, they may forget to ask permission before they start to cook. Or, excited little chefs may want to surprise the family with a homemade treat. Remind kids that an adult has to be present with them in the kitchen at all times.

    Wash Your Hands
    Every parent probably already tells their child to wash their hands about 20 times a day. However, it’s especially important that kids understand that germs on their hands can be transferred to food when cooking. Always have them wash well before meal prep starts.

    Use a Potholder
    Kids may not realize how hot a dish may be when it is first pulled out of the oven. Help prevent burns by making sure they know how to properly use a potholder.

    Roll Up Your Sleeves
    Kids should literally roll up their sleeves before they begin work. Long hair should be tied back as well. This will help keep sleeves and hair strands from getting snagged on something, dipping into food, or worse yet, catching fire.

    Be Safe with Knives
    Knowing about the dangers of knives is a major part of kitchen safety for kids. Make sure that your children know to only pick up knives by their handles and to never point them at anyone. Kids should only use knives when they have been given permission to do so. Give younger kids plastic knives to work with so they can learn proper cutting techniques before moving on to kitchen knives.

    Ask Before You Lick
    Who doesn’t love to lick icing or cake batter off the spoon? However, make sure your kids know that they have to ask before they can lick. Otherwise, they might consume raw ingredients that can make them sick.

    Practice Stove Safety
    Proper kitchen safety for kids wouldn’t be complete without addressing the dangers associated with stoves. Remind kids to keep potholders, paper towels, dish towels and other flammable materials away from cook tops. Demonstrate how to position pots so the handles are facing in. Finally, teach kids that baking soda or flour should be used to douse the flames of a stove top fire – never water.

    Clean Up is Essential
    Cooking in the kitchen is always tons of fun. But cleaning? Not so much. However, proper clean up is an essential part of kitchen safety for kids. Kids should make sure the oven and burners are completely turned off. All food should be properly stored and refrigerated. All spills should be cleaned up. Finally, any surfaces or utensils that handled raw meat or eggs should be properly sanitized.

    Teaching kitchen safety for kids early on will help instill good kitchen habits that will stay with them into adulthood.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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  5. How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

    How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel kitchen appliances are durable, attractive, and never go out of style, which is why they are so incredibly popular. Although stainless steel appliances have a reputation for being scratch-resistant, that doesn’t mean scratches will never appear. As sturdy as it is, stainless steel can acquire unsightly scratches over time.

    Fortunately, it is possible to successfully remove scratches from stainless steel and get your appliances looking like new. Follow the steps below to get scratch-free surfaces.

    For Light Scratches

    1. Before you begin to actually tend to the scratch, clean the appliance, or at least clean the area around the damage. There are a few different ways to clean stainless steel, but one of the easiest and most effective methods is to first spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off with a microfiber cloth. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain to reveal a nice shine.
    2. Now that you have a clean working surface, you can use a powdered scratch removal compound to address the scratch. Add a few drops of water to the compound to create a paste that’s roughly the consistency of toothpaste. You can also choose to skip this step if you purchase a pre-mixed compound.
    3. Apply a small amount of the scratch remover compound to a microfiber cloth and then very gently rub it back and forth over the scratch, working in the direction of the grain. It’s essential to rub only in the direction of the grain. If you rub against the grain, you may cause further damage.
    4. Continue to apply compound as in step 3 until the scratch is gone.
    5. Once you are satisfied with the results, gently wipe the surface with a fresh, barely damp microfiber cloth to remove any compound residue. Dry with a separate, clean microfiber cloth.

    For Deeper Scratches

    For larger imperfections that do not respond to the method above, use a stainless steel scratch removal kit, which contains a polishing compound and a set of abrasive pads, and follow these steps:

    1. Starting with the appropriate grit pad recommended in the instructions, rub the scratch with the grain in one direction only. Rubbing back and forth could cause unattractive circular marks. Use light, but firm pressure, being careful not to rub too hard.
    2. Move to a smoother grit pad, and continue the buffing process, adding water, or any compounds included in the kit, as called for in the instructions.
    3. Wipe the surface down with a microfiber cloth to finish the process, buffing the steel to a clean shine.

    The steps above are a good guideline, but manufacturers’ instructions may vary. When in doubt, refer to the instructions included with the scratch removal kit.

    Keeping Stainless Steel Scratch Free

    Once you’ve removed the scratches from your stainless steel appliances, follow these tips to prevent more scratches from forming.

    1. Always wipe your appliances with the grain, never against the grain. Even if you’re just wiping it down with a damp towel, always go with the grain for best results.
    2. Never use steel wool or abrasive pads for regular cleaning and maintenance. Always use a soft microfiber cloth.
    3. Protect your stainless steel sink with a rubber dish mat when washing heavy pots by hand. Just be sure to remove the mat when finished so that water won’t remain trapped underneath.
    4. Avoid using magnets directly on stainless steel refrigerators, which can cause tiny scratches over time.
    5. Be mindful of where you use knives in the kitchen. Don’t cut directly on a stainless steel countertop or too close to stainless steel appliances.
    6. Never rest any pot, glass, or utensil directly on top of a stainless steel appliance.

    If you’ve got scratches in your stainless steel appliances, then don’t think all hope is lost. With the steps above, you can restore the beauty of each appliance in your kitchen. But if you think it’s time for an appliance upgrade, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need in an array of attractive finishes, including stainless steel. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  6. Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

    Gas vs. Electric: Which is Better for Your Home?

    If you’re interested in buying a new kitchen range, then you’re probably thinking about the pros and cons of gas vs. electric ranges. Both types of ranges have advantages and disadvantages, depending on what your needs and preferences are. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts and can help you sort out the gas vs. electric debate so you can choose the right appliance for your home.

    Pros of Gas Stoves

    The biggest advantage of a gas range is the control you have when cooking. When it comes to the cooktop, you get instant heat—just turn on the flame and your pot or pan will be hot in seconds. Plus, you’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature instantly, which means more precise control while cooking. The flames produced by a natural gas stove spread themselves along the bottom and sides of the pan, cooking food more evenly and quickly.

    A gas oven heats up and cools down faster than an electric oven. Warming begins as soon as you turn on the gas. Equally, cooking will stop just as soon as the gas is turned off. As a result, far less energy is consumed with a gas vs. electric stove.

    Gas stoves also have a longer life span than electric ovens. Once you buy a gas oven, you’ve definitely made a long-term, if not a lifetime, investment.

    Cons of Gas Stoves

    The most immediate drawback to a gas stove is the purchase price. Gas stoves do come in a range of prices, but are typically more expensive than electric stoves. On top of that, if you don’t already have a gas line in your kitchen, you’ll have to have one installed, which of course adds significant costs. But these are one-time expenditures and maintenance costs are low once everything is set up.

    Pros of Electric Stoves

    Electric stoves are fairly easy to operate, and less expensive to purchase, which makes them good choices for people who don’t spend as much time in the kitchen. Also, there’s no need for a gas line in your kitchen, so that cost is completely eliminated.

    Most electric stoves sold today have a sleek, glass cooktop instead of those coiled cooking elements you may associate with electric stoves. These cooktops not only look great, but they are easy to clean. There’s no need to remove a burner ring to wipe up a hardened spill. If you do have a stove with a coiled heating element, then they can be easily replaced if they get damaged.

    Cons of Electric Stoves

    Although less expensive to purchase than gas stoves, electric stoves use more energy, which means higher energy bills. Their main downside, however, is a slow change in heat. You have to wait for them to heat up when you turn them on, and changes in temperature occur slowly, giving you less control than with a gas stove. Precise results can be hard to achieve.

    If you live in an area that has frequent power outages, then your stove will be inoperable during those times. Even some backup generators aren’t enough to power electric stoves.

    The Bottom Line

    So what’s the answer in the gas vs. electric debate? Honestly, there’s no absolute right or wrong answer. Gas stoves probably fit most people’s lives if they cook the majority of meals at home with their family. But if you don’t do much cooking and just need something inexpensive to boil water for tea, fry an egg, or bake potatoes, then an electric stove might be the better option.

    If you’re ready to buy a new range, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff.

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  7. Fabric Wash Guide: How to Care for Your Clothes

    Fabric Wash Guide: How to Care for Your Clothes

    Nothing lasts forever, but most things can last longer if you take care of them. Clothes are no exception. Washing your clothes correctly will increase their lifespan and save you a ton of money when compared to buying new ones. In fact, washing fabrics incorrectly is one of the biggest laundry mistakes people make. At Reno’s Appliance, we are laundry appliance experts and wanted to give you a fabric wash guide for these seven popular fabrics.

    Acetate is man-made and is often found blended with other fibers to create beautiful, easy-to-drape clothing. However, acetate is also a weak fiber and can be easily damaged by twisting, wringing, or heat. Hand wash garments containing acetate fibers in cold water or use the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Allow acetate items to air dry and if ironing is needed, turn the garment inside out and use a low-heat setting.

    A natural fiber, cotton is prone to shrinking, so wash cotton garments in cold water unless the item has been pre-shrunk. Cotton items that are pre-shrunk may be washed in hot, warm, or cold water, depending the care label recommendations. Cold-water washing will protect the deep color of cotton jeans and preserve brightly colored garments. Dry cotton garments on low heat and remove while still slightly damp to avoid shrinkage.

    Linen is a natural fiber, made from the flax plant. Check the care label on your linen garments to determine whether it must be dry-cleaned. If machine-washable, wash according to label instructions. Know that linen absorbs more water during washing than other fibers, so be sure not to put too many linen garments in the wash at one time. Dry linen items on a cool setting and if ironing is needed, turn the garment inside out and use a low-heat setting.

    Polyester fibers create colorful, durable, easy-care garments. Most polyester fabrics may be machine-washed using warm water. Tumble dry polyester garments on low heat. Remove them from the dryer while they're still slightly damp to prevent wrinkles and avoid a static buildup. If ironing is required, use a low-heat setting. Polyester is a synthetic fabric and will melt beneath a hot iron.

    While silk fiber itself is washable, many weave patterns used for silk fabric will tighten or pucker if washed, and colors may fade. Read the label instructions carefully. Some silk garments are dry clean only. For those that can be washed, your best bet is to hand wash using warm water and a detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Mild baby shampoo is also an effective, but gentle silk cleanser. Never put silk garments in the dryer. Instead, roll the item in a towel to press out moisture, and then hang to dry. Press silk garments with a warm iron.

    While spandex is hand- or machine-washable, avoid hot water and chlorine bleach. Both will damage the spandex fibers. The heat of the dryer can cause some spandex blends to pucker or bubble. Hang spandex garments to dry, and avoid machine drying. If ironing is necessary, press the item quickly with a warm iron.

    Sheep give us wool, a soft and warm fiber that’s naturally insulating, easy to dye, and extremely versatile. Wool fibers are machine washable, but many wool garments can’t be washed due to the ways they are constructed. Dry-clean wool clothing if instructed on the label. If not dry-clean only, use a gentle detergent and wash by hand or use the gentle-cycle on your machine. Lukewarm water is best as cold water causes wool to shrink.

    These fabric wash tips will help make sure your clothes look great and last as long as possible. Another way to make your clothes last longer is to upgrade your washing machine. 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 and durability like Electrolux, Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, and many others. Reno’s also carries a full line of parts and accessories to keep your appliance running right.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances

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  8. Dishwasher Safe? Don’t Put These Items in Your Dishwasher

    Dishwasher Safe? Don’t Put These Items in Your Dishwasher

    Your dishwasher is a wonderful appliance. It gets your plates, utensils, and mugs squeaky clean while saving you a ton of time. But as great as dishwashers are, there are some kitchen items that aren’t dishwasher safe. Whether it's due to the size of the item or the materials it’s made of, it's better to wash certain things you use in the kitchen by hand rather than risk ruining your dishwasher or your kitchenware.

    Here’s a list of 11 things that are not dishwasher safe:

    Cast-Iron Skillets
    Cast iron skillets need to be seasoned before you use them, which consists of coating the cooking surface with cooking oil and then placing the skillet in a 350-degree oven for 60 minutes. If you were to put your skillet in the dishwasher, then you’re washing all of the oil away and you’ll need to season it all over again. Instead, rinse it by hand with warm water (but no detergent) or scrub the cooking surface with salt to remove stuck-on food and debris.

    Wooden Utensils
    The hot water and the heated dry cycle create harsh conditions for your mixing spoons, spatulas, or any other tool with wood on it. Over time, these wooden utensils will warp and split, which means you’ll be buying new ones. You’re better off washing these by hand.

    Wooden Cutting Boards
    Much like with wooden utensils, hot dishwasher water will ruin your wooden cutting board. However, you want to be sure that you give your cutting board a deep clean, especially if you use it as a surface for raw meat. Use a mixture of 3/4 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water to scrub it clean by hand.

    Vintage  Plates
    If you have any antique china or heirlooms, then they are definitely not dishwasher safe. Exposure to hot water, detergents, and even slight vibrations can cause these delicate treasures to chip. In addition, any gold trim or hand-painted details may flake off.

    Garlic Presses
    Garlic presses may help speed up meal prep, but you’ll need to slow down and wash them by hand. The dishwasher won’t damage the press, but it also won’t get it completely clean because the crushed garlic sticks to the gadget’s tiny crevices. You’ll have to wash it by hand to ensure it’s totally spotless.

    Cheese Graters
    Just like the garlic press, dishwashers won’t hurt the cheese grater, but little bits of cheese might still be stuck in the holes even after a cycle in dishwasher. Instead, use soap and a sponge to wash it by hand.

    Travel Mugs
    Your favorite insulated travel mug is not dishwasher safe. Dishwashers destroy the mug’s insulation leaving you with cold coffee or tea. Definitely not cool.

    Jars with Labels Still on Them
    Glass jam or pasta sauce jars are dishwasher safe. Just make sure you remove the paper label and any adhesive remnants before running it through the dishwasher. Bits of paper can get stuck in the dishwasher’s filter, which can lead to a larger dishwasher disaster and costly repairs.

    Copper Pots and Pans
    Half of the appeal of copper cookware is the color. But the copper surfaces will dull if washed in the dishwasher. Hand wash your copper mugs, pots, and pans instead.

    Cookware with Burnt-On Stains
    So you let the potatoes sit in the oven for a little too long and now you have dark, stubborn crust on your glass baking dish. As much as we would love the dishwasher to take care of it, tough, baked on gunk can never get completely eradicated by the dishwasher. It’ll take some detergent, a sponge, and elbow grease to tackle that mess.

    Keep your crystal punch bowl and glasses far, far away from the dishwasher. The high water temperature may leave your crystal chipped, cracked, or dull.

    If you’re in need of a dishwasher then come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.

    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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  9. Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Toaster ovens just may be the unsung hero of kitchen appliances. Toaster ovens are extremely versatile and simple enough for even the most novice chefs to make great tasting meals, snacks, and more. If you’re just using your toaster oven for bread and bagels, then you’re really missing out. Check out these unique toaster oven uses that can help you get more creative in the kitchen.

    1. Make dried fruits. 

    Turn your toaster oven into a food dehydrator. Simply slice up apples, pears, pineapples, or any of your favorite fruits, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Let them bake at 175 to 200 degrees for a few hours until they are completely dehydrated. You’ll have a sweet and healthy snack that costs less than buying dried fruit at the store.

    1. Roast meat.

    If you don’t have a lot of people to cook for, or it’s just too hot to turn on your oven, then look to your toaster oven. You can use it to roast turkey breast, Cornish game hens, pork loin, or your favorite cut of beef. It’s great for broiling fish as well.

    1. Toast subs.

    Whether you call them grinders, hoagies, or subs, the taste of these sandwiches skyrocket when they’re toasted. Make your sandwich as you usually would. Then, put it in the toaster oven until the bread starts to toast and the cheese melts. You’ll never want to eat a non-toasted sub again.

    1. Make pizza.

    Why order pizza when you can easily make it at home? Depending on the size of your toaster, you can bake up to a 12” pizza. Pick up pizza dough or a pre-made crust and layer on your sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings. Put it in a 400-degree toaster oven for 10 to 12 minutes and it’s done.

    1. Cook bacon.

    This is one of the best toaster oven uses because it means better-tasting bacon. Place the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, then slide it into a 375-degree toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Leave it in a bit longer if you like your bacon crispy.

    1. Roast nuts.

    Roasted nuts are delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. Toss pecans, almonds, pistachios, or your favorite nut with a small amount of oil and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season them however you like and slide them into a 300-degree toaster oven for 20 minutes. This works with sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well.

    1. Toast coconut.

    Many dessert recipes call for toasted coconut, and a toaster oven is one of the easiest ways to do it. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and place it in your toaster oven at low heat until it’s golden brown.

    1. Make your own croutons.

    Don’t spend money on packaged croutons that may contain preservatives high amounts of sodium, especially when it’s so easy to make your own. Cut slices of bread into small cubes. Toss the bread cubes with olive oil and seasonings. Arrange the cubes of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast them on low heat until they’re crunchy.

    1. Create new crayons.

    This is one of those toaster uses that actually has nothing to do with food, but if you have children, they’ll love it. Gather up any old or broken crayons and remove the wrappers. Place the broken pieces into foil-lined muffin cups. Place the foil cups on a baking sheet, and slide it into your toaster oven until the crayons are melted. Take them out and let them cool and harden. Voila. Your kids have new multicolored crayons for their art projects.

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  10. Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    The average kitchen renovation can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on how serious an overhaul it is. If your kitchen needs an upgrade, but you aren’t able or willing to plunk down a ton of money, then there are smart ways you can get more bang for less buck. At Reno’s Appliance we’re kitchen experts and we wanted to share these 9 budget renovation tips, to help you get your dream kitchen without having to deal with nightmare costs.

    1. Choose Appliances Before You Start

    One of the factors that typically sends a budget spiraling out of control is picking an appliance or other product during the renovation. If a product is backordered, the homeowner is often faced with having to select an alternative item that is often pricier. To prevent this from happening to you, decide on absolutely everything you want in the kitchen, from big appliances such as a refrigerators and dishwashers to smaller items like kitchen faucets and cabinet hardware. Have everything purchased and on-site before the renovation begins.

    1. Embrace Bright White

    One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If yours are in good shape, though, consider just giving them a fresh coat of paint. White paint does wonders for outdated cabinets and can save you money. Adding new hardware will really make them look brand new.

    1. Conceal Old Cabinets with Doors

    Are your cabinets too outdated to even be saved by paint? There’s still another option beside replacing them entirely. They may be spruced up with just some new doors. If the structure is sound, you don’t have to toss out the whole cabinet. Just get good measurements and find a style of door you like that will fit. It’s a whole new look for a fraction of the price.

    1. Light It Up

    Bringing in more and better lighting is a smart move in any renovation, but that’s especially true in the kitchen. Hang well-designed pendants for style and light, and make sure overhead lighting is bright and concentrated in areas where cooking takes place. Also, adding under-cabinet lighting won’t bust your budget renovation but will make a big impact.

    1. Don’t Play Around with Plumbing

    Thinking about moving your gas stove, dishwasher, or sink? Consider that each time you move any appliance that gas or water pipes, you’ll need to call a plumber who will charge a few thousand dollars per appliance. That will definitely torpedo your budget renovation.

    1. Rely on Remnant Stone

    You can get the expensive look of granite and solid-surface counters without breaking the bank by visiting granite supply yards and checking out their remnants. You may find some good deals on really nice stone, especially if you don’t have a large amount of counterspace.

    1. Be Sure You Use What You Paid For

    Up to 15% of the materials purchased for a kitchen renovation are wasted. Don’t let those end pieces and remnants get sent to the trash. Use leftover lumber from cabinets to create kitchen shelving. Granite pieces can easily become cutting boards. Leftover tile can be turned into stylish coasters. Get creative and make use of everything you can.

    1. Keep Floors Low

    There’s no reason to put down expensive flooring in the kitchen. If you have wood floors currently, you can simply refinish them. If you are replacing tile or vinyl floors, then consider less-expensive options like sealed cork, which will not only save you some money, but will perhaps save you some aches and pains as cork is softer that tile or wood and therefore easier on the back and feet.

    1. Ask About Any Deals

    Many retailers, such as Reno’s Appliance offer significant discounts on scratch and dent pieces, overstocked inventory, and display models. Be sure to ask your salesperson to see their discounted stock. It’s a great way to high-quality, name brand appliances while sticking to your budget renovation. If you prefer brand new appliances, you can still save hundreds or even thousands of dollars through rebate programs. Ask your salesperson which manufacturers are offering the best rebates.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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