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  1. Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Miele, one of the top appliance manufacturers in the world, has recently released the W1 washing machine and T1 dryer. This pair has been dubbed the everything washer and anywhere dryer because they were built with four key characteristics in mind:

    1. Perfect size
    2. Outstanding performance
    3. Unsurpassed convenience
    4. Extreme efficiency

    A Truly Dynamic Laundry Duo

    Both the W1 and T1 can be plugged into standard 120-volt outlets, rather than the 220-volt outlets that most machines require. That means no electrical upgrades are necessary and each machine is much more energy efficient than standard washers and dryers. In fact, both the W1 and T1 have been given ENERGY STAR® certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Each appliance can be controlled and monitored from your mobile phone or Wi-Fi-connected tablet when you download the Miele app. Easily start or stop loads when you’re away from home, receive notifications, order detergent and supplies, and more.

    The W1 and T1 share these cool features, but each appliance has its own stand-alone features that deserve a closer look. 

    Why the W1 Washer is a Winner

    • QuickIntenseWash: For when you’re short on time, this setting provides a high-level clean in less than one hour.
    • TwinDos: The TwinDos function has two detergent containers built into the appliance. A simple touch of a button dispenses the optimal amount of detergent for the size of the load, and the W1 will automatically release it at the perfect time for best results.
    • CapDosing: No more guess work or messy pours when it comes to adding fabric softener or other fabric conditioners. Simply place the pre-portioned Miele Caps into the fabric conditioner compartment of the W1. The machine will automatically add the contents during the wash cycle at the right time.
    • SingleWash: When you don’t quite have a full load, this setting lets you wash small loads in half the time, using up to 70% less water and 25% less energy, while maintaining excellent cleaning results.

    Why the T1 Dryer Triumphs

    • Heat-pump technology: The low, gentle heat generated by the T1 isn’t released, but recycled in the unit, which increases efficiency by up to 60% when compared to conventional dryers.
    • Ventless design: Because the heat is recycled, ducts and vents are completely unnecessary. It truly is the go anywhere dryer.
    • FragranceDos: Add your favorite scent to your laundry with Miele’s fragrance pods. Simply fit the fragrance pod into the specially designed holder for delightfully scented and fluffy laundry.
    • SteamFinish: Say goodbye to your iron. The steam finish setting sprays a fine mist into the dryer during the cycle. The steam gently penetrates the clothing fibers for smoother, neater-looking clothes straight from the dryer.

    If you’d like to learn more about Miele’s W1 washer and T1 dryer, or see them up close, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. While you’re there you can also check out other high-quality washers and dryers from top brands including Samsung, Whirlpool, Maytag, and LG.

    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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  2. Make Proper Appliance Disposal Your Next Earth Day Activity

    Make Proper Appliance Disposal Your Next Earth Day Activity

    If you’re thinking about ways you can be more “eco-friendly” in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, countless options probably come to mind. Some of the more common Earth Day activities might include helping to clean up a local park, planting some flowers or trees, or installing energy-efficient light bulbs throughout your home.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to remind you of another great Earth Day activity that involves properly disposing of older appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners can all be hazardous to the environment if not handled responsibly.

    Why are certain appliances so dangerous?

    Older appliances may contain refrigerants and foam blowing agents depending on the year they were manufactured. These chemicals are not only harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer, but they also contain potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change if not properly recycled or destroyed. Newer units don’t use ozone depleting chemicals anymore, but still rely on refrigerants that can emit greenhouse gases.

    What are the benefits of proper appliance disposal?

    Consider that roughly nine million refrigerators, six million window air conditioners, and one million dehumidifiers are disposed of each year. The proper removal and disposal of these appliances would:

    • Prevent thousands of gallons of used oil and mercury from contaminating waterways and the environment.
    • Prevent the release of several thousand tons of ozone-destroying emissions and greenhouse gases.
    • Save landfill space and take material out of the waste stream by recycling the metal, glass, and plastic parts of the appliances.

    Are there any laws regulating appliance recycling?

    When household appliances are taken out of service, federal law requires that all refrigerants, used oil, and other chemicals be properly managed and stored. Your state and municipality may have additional requirements that you should be aware of. At this time, no federal or state laws require that appliance foam be recovered.

    Is it better to have my old appliance repaired?

    If you have an appliance that’s still in good shape, but just isn’t working properly, it may be worth it to get it repaired instead of replaced. Sometimes repairing an appliance is the more environmentally-friendly option. 

    How can I make sure my old appliance is properly recycled?

    If you have a refrigerated appliance that you’re ready to get rid of, you have a few options:

    • Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
    • Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you’re purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno’s Appliance will deliver your new appliance and haul away your old one and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way at no charge. Reno’s also has a robust recycling program for the styrofoam and cardboard their appliances are packaged in.
    • Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they’ll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly. You could also sell your old appliances to a scrap metal yard, but there’s less assurance that the harmful components will be disposed of properly. You’re better off finding an appliance recycling center near you.

    If disposing an old, inefficient appliance is on your list of Earth Day activities, then make sure you stop by Reno’s showroom in Paterson, NJ. Ask our friendly sales experts about appliance disposal and while you’re there, be sure to view our wide selection of Energy Star® rated refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers from world-class brands. By purchasing an Energy Star appliance, you know you’ll get high-quality performance while doing what’s right for the planet.

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  3. Laundry Tips: 7 Dryer Mistakes to Never Make

    Laundry Tips: 7 Dryer Mistakes to Never Make

    Your dryer just might be the unsung hero of your home. It dutifully chugs along, drying load after load, day in and day out. We usually don’t give our dryer a second thought—until the day it stops working altogether. The fact is, a few simple laundry tips will keep your dryer running right for years to come.

    Here’s a list of seven common dryer mistakes that you should avoid.

    1. Forgetting to clean the lint trap.

    Many people figure they’ll get around to cleaning out their lint trap at some point, but “at some point” often means never. A clogged lint trap can make the unit run less efficiently and can even be a potential fire hazard. Get in the habit of cleaning the lint trap after every load.

    1. Never checking the venting tube.

    The venting tube runs from the back of your dryer to the outside—allowing heat to escape. While you need heat to dry your clothes, too much heat can lead to fire. A few times a year, make sure the venting tubes are clear of debris. There might be a build-up of lint, a stray sock, or pet hair. And here’s a bonus laundry tip: When you’re done checking the dryer tubes, make sure you inspect the washing machine hoses.

    1. Placing your dryer on uneven ground.

    In order for your dryer to function properly, it must be on level ground. If you have any doubt whether the floor under your dryer is truly flat, use a level to make sure. If it’s even slightly off balance, make sure you adjust the feet of the dryer to correct it.

    1. Using too many dryer sheets.

    There’s nothing wrong with using a dryer sheet. They soften clothes and reduce static cling. But you only need one per load. Some people may think that doubling or tripling up on dryer sheets means extra softness, but that’s not necessarily true. Extra dryer sheets can more easily get jammed in the inner-workings of your dryer and create problems. Also, make sure that you locate and discard the dryer sheet after every load.

    1. Using vinyl tubing.

    Vinyl tubing doesn’t meet current fire codes, because it doesn’t have the flexibility of aluminum tubing. Make sure you use vent duct tubing, which is made of aluminum.

    1. Squeezing the unit into small spaces.

    Squeezing your washer/dryer unit into a little broom closet may keep it out of sight, but dryers need a few feet of space around to allow for proper air circulation. Otherwise, the machine can overheat and stop working, or even worse, catch fire.

    1. Overfilling the dryer.

    Don’t put too much into the dryer at one time. That’s one laundry tip we’re probably all guilty of doing. While it’s tempting to shove huge loads into the dryer to save time, it’s a big mistake. Large loads can overwork the drum, bearings, and heating elements of the dryer and cause the unit to break. Be sure to follow the owner’s manual guidelines when it comes to the maximum load capacity.

    Where would we be without our dryers? There probably aren’t too many of us who want to hang clothes out on a clothesline anymore. The good news is that maintaining dryers isn’t complicated. It just takes a few common sense laundry tips to keep your dryer in tip-top shape.

    If you’ve been taking great care of your dryer and it’s still not running right, then it may be time for a new unit. Stop by Reno’s Appliance to see our wide selection of dryers. We’re proud to carry top-name brands like Amana, Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

    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.

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  4. Greasy Kitchen Hood? It's Time to Clean That

    Greasy Kitchen Hood? It's Time to Clean That

    Your kitchen hood, or range hood, is mounted over your stove. Its sole purpose is to suck up smoke and grease while you cook. Over time, the kitchen hood may collect so much grease that it loses its effectiveness.

    So, when’s the last time you cleaned your kitchen hood? Sure, you may wipe down the outside of the hood on a regular basis, but have you checked under the kitchen hood or looked at the state of your exhaust fan filters? If it’s been a while since you checked, or you never even thought to look, then some serious kitchen hood cleaning is in your future.

    Thankfully, kitchen hood cleaning isn’t a hard task. As appliance experts, we wanted to share simple instructions to help you clean your kitchen hood and exhaust fan filters.

    Gather These Supplies

    • Hot water (close to boiling)
    • A bucket (not needed if you’d rather use a sink)
    • Degreasing dish soap
    • Baking soda
    • Non-abrasive scrub brush
    • Paper towels or dish cloth
    • Spray-on degreaser

    Clean the Filter

    1. Remove the filters: Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood. Sometimes there’s a small latch that you may have to undo.

    2. Fill a sink or bucket with hot water: The hotter the water, the more effective it will be. For best results, boil water in a pot or tea kettle. If that’s not an option, then use the hottest water possible that comes from your tap. 

    3. Mix baking soda and dish soap: Squirt a good amount of dish soap into the sink or bucket along with a half cup of baking soda. Use a large spoon or brush to agitate the water and get it nice and sudsy. But be careful because the water will be very hot.

    4. Put filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.

    5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for at least ten minutes, but there’s no harm in letting them sit longer. (This might be a good time to clean the underside of the kitchen hood. See those instructions below.)

    6. Scrub the filters: Use a non-abrasive scrub brush to go to work on the filters. The grease should come off rather easily. Add more dish soap to your brush if required while you scrub.

    7. Rinse and dry: Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.

    8. Replace the filters: Put the filters back into the hood. Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

    Caution: While it may be tempting, resist washing the filters in the dishwasher. All of that caked on grease can get released into the dishwasher and clog up the works. Plus, the filter’s metal housing can bang around and leave marks on dishes.

    Clean the Underside of the Hood

    To clean the nastier underside of the hood, we recommend getting a commercial spray-on degreaser. Apply the degreaser according to the label instructions, let it sit and then wipe it off. You’ll be surprised how well it works.

    If you prefer more natural degreasing solution, you can make a paste out of baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe away the baking soda and all that caked on grease will come with it.

    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. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Liquid Fabric Softeners Vs. Dryer Sheets

    Liquid Fabric Softeners Vs. Dryer Sheets

    When it comes to fabric softeners, there are two popular options: liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets. Both products soften your clothes, reduce static, and keep them smelling fresh. But is there a difference between the two products?

    At Reno’s Appliance, we’re washer and dryer experts and can give you the straight facts about fabric softener.

    How does liquid fabric softener work?

    Liquid fabric softener works while your clothes are washing. It soaks into your clothes and lubricates the fabric fibers with special chemicals that make them feel softer. This lubrication is also what helps reduce static cling.

    Most washing machines have a clearly labeled compartment specifically made to hold fabric softener. The machine will automatically dispense the softener at the right time in the cycle. This timing is important because fabric softener does not mix well with detergent. If your machine doesn’t have a fabric softener compartment, then you will need to take an extra trip to the laundry room just to add the fabric softener, which can be inconvenient. 

    Another drawback is that liquid fabric softeners are made from oil, so they may stain clothes if not used properly. You have to be sure to add liquid softener during the final rinse when the tub is full of water to avoid staining. Also, liquid softeners tend to build up in the dispenser so frequent cleaning is required.

    How do dryer sheets work?

    Dryer sheets, like the name implies, are added during the drying cycle. They are coated with stearic acid, which melts from the heat of the dryer and coats clothes to make them feel softer, reduce static, and infuse them with a fresh scent.

    Dryer sheets may also stain clothes if not used properly. To avoid staining, fill your dryer with clean, wet clothes and place the dryer sheet on top. Also, avoid overfilling the dryer when using dryer sheets.

    When should fabric softeners not be used?

    Never use any fabric softener when washing these items:

    • Microfiber clothes: Using softeners may damage the fabric.
    • Athletic wear: Softeners may reduce the fabric’s ability to “wick away” sweat.
    • Children’s clothing: Fabric softeners will reduce the flame-resistant properties of children’s clothing.
    • Towels: The idea of a soft, fluffy towel sounds nice, but softeners will reduce the towel’s ability to absorb water.

    Are there alternatives to fabric softener?

    If you want the benefits of fabric softeners, but don’t want to use commercial products, then there are alternatives you can try.

    Adding a half-cup of white vinegar to the wash during the rinse cycle when the tub is full of water will soften clothes without leaving a vinegar smell behind. As a bonus, vinegar will brighten and preserve colors. But vinegar will have no effect on static.

    As an alternative to dryer sheets, you can make three inch balls out of aluminum foil and toss 3 or 4 of them into the dryer. This will reduce static, but won’t add any softness. You can reuse the foil ball over several cycles. Replace them when the foil becomes smooth.

    What’s the bottom line?

    Both dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners have advantages and drawbacks. But both products work well and do what they advertise. This is one of those debates where there is no clear winner. It just comes down to personal preference.

    The best detergents and fabric softeners aren’t going to be effective if you don’t have a solid washer and dryer. Come to Reno’s Appliance and view our extensive selection of washing machines from dependable manufacturers like MaytagWhirlpoolGEElectrolux, and dryers from trusted brands including Frigidaire, LG, and Bosch. Reno’s also carries washer and dryer pairs, plus a full line of parts and accessories to keep your appliances 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. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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