Blog Posts in 2019

  • The Best Gifts for Cooks

    September 17, 2019
    For some, cooking is merely a means to end but for others, it is a passion. Whether you know a well-seasoned chef or one who is just starting to learn, each will have their own unique sense of style and flair when it comes to creating a meal. While this can make it challenging to shop for these individuals around birthdays or holidays, the kitchen experts at Mr. Appliance® have a number of great ...
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  • Grandparents Day Gifts | Tips, Ideas, and Inspiration

    September 3, 2019
    In addition to signalling the start of the school year and the first days of fall, September is also a time to honour grandparents. As this special day approaches and you are searching for the perfect Grandparents Day gifts, the team of dedicated professionals at Mr. Appliance® has some great ideas to help inspire you. What is Grandparents Day? The origin of Grandparents Day dates back to 1973 ...
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  • How to Separate Laundry to Prolong the Life of Your Clothes

    August 27, 2019
    If you're like most, you have a love-hate relationship with your washer and dryer—where you love the idea of having freshly laundered clothes but hate the mishaps and disasters that can ruin your most cherished or expensive items. The best way to avoid damage and help your clothes to last longer is by taking the time to sort your laundry before you begin and setting the correct temperature in ...
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  • How to Clean an Ice Machine (and Why)

    August 27, 2019
    There is nothing more refreshing than an ice-cold drink, and the best way to preserve the quality and taste of your ice is with regular cleaning and maintenance. Read on to learn how to clean an ice maker and discover why it is such an important part of any cleaning routine. Signs You Need to Clean Your Ice Maker Once you've chosen the best ice maker to suit the needs of your family and lifestyle, ...
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  • How to Clean a Deep Fryer and Say Goodbye to Grease

    August 13, 2019
    Deep frying adds a unique flavor and texture to food that is impossible to replicate and is one of the main reasons that restaurant food is so appealing. You can achieve similar results at home with an electric or stovetop deep fryer, but it's important to ensure it is cleaned properly on a regular basis. Read on for some deep fryer cleaning tips from the experts at Mr. Appliance® to stop grease ...
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  • Troubleshooting Tips for When Your Dryer Won’t Start

    July 30, 2019
    Have you discovered that your dryer won’t start up? There are several possible reasons that a gas or electric dryer won’t turn on; hopefully, it’s a simple issue such as a tripped breaker, a broken switch, or a defective latch. These straightforward troubleshooting tips will help you pinpoint the problem and take appropriate action. You may be able to fix the problem yourself, but more complicated ...
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  • What Is an Icebox? A History Lesson

    July 23, 2019
    Have you ever heard your grandma refer to the freezer as the “icebox?” She didn’t coin this phrase herself—she may have actually had a legitimate icebox in her home as a kid! This was an early method of refrigeration that people utilized to keep food cold before the modern refrigerator. Learn what role the icebox played in refrigeration history and how it helped lead to modern fridges and ...
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  • Know Your Appliances: What in the World Is a Garburator?

    July 16, 2019
    Modern conveniences are designed to save space, time, and money by performing any number of unpleasant household tasks quickly and efficiently. One such item that can be found in homes across the globe is a garburator, and while you may not know what one is you may be surprised to find that you have one in your kitchen. What's in a Name? Travelling the world is a great way to expand your horizons, ...
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  • Which Is Correct: Laundry Mat or Laundromat?

    July 9, 2019
    Like vacuuming, dusting, and dishwashing, laundry is a normal part of every household routine. Whether or not you own your own washer and dryer or have access to a communal laundry room in your building, chances are you have used a coin-operated facility at one time or another to clean bulky items or to stretch your wardrobe while on vacation. The question is, do you refer to this type of business ...
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  • Why Is There a D in "Fridge" but Not in "Refrigerator"?

    July 2, 2019
    The English language is full of oddities and inconsistencies that don't always make sense and periodically result in unusual spellings or pronunciations. While this can make English a difficult language to learn, even those who are fluent may find themselves searching for answers every now and then or relying on spellcheck for assistance. The appliance world is no exception when it comes to these ...
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  • DIY: How to Make an Apron at Home

    June 25, 2019
    Whether you’re cooking, gardening, painting, or doing any other messy task, an apron is a great way to keep your clothing clean. Don’t want to spend money on a new apron? With some fabric and a sewing machine, you can create your very own custom apron suited to the task at hand. Here are the DIY tips you need on how to make apron at home. Benefits of Wearing an Apron First and foremost, wearing an ...
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  • How to Play the Washboard as a Musical Instrument

    June 18, 2019
    In the musical realm, there are few instruments that capture the historical charm and whimsical percussion of the washboard. This once popular laundry tool was considered effective at removing most dirt and stains from clothing and linens given the right soap and some vigorous scrubbing, but it has since been replaced by the modern convenience of the automatic washing machine. Today these vintage ...
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  • An Easy, DIY Play Kitchen for Your Little Chef

    June 11, 2019
    It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. If you’re a parent who spends any time there, there’s a high likelihood you’ve had offers to help from little hands which are also near and dear to your heart. From helping crack eggs to playing drums on the floor with pans, children love feeling like they’re part of cooking meals. In fact, this CBS News story shared research results showed that ...
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  • How to Make Slime with Laundry Detergent and Shampoo

    June 11, 2019
    When it comes to school science, experiments slime ranks number one, giving students a hands-on way to learn about chemical reactions, polymers, and viscosity. Creating slime at home is even more fun and can provide you and your children with hours of enjoyment using just a few common ingredients. Put away the electronics and get back to basics with these tips on how to make slime with laundry ...
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  • The History of Baking: From Ancient Egyptians to Today

    May 28, 2019
    From bread and pie to pastries and cakes, baking has a long history that has satisfied the hunger of countless people from worldwide civilizations for thousands of years. The next time you bake a culinary masterpiece—or simply pop a frozen pizza in the oven—think of this history of baking. Ancient Baking The oldest known ovens were unearthed in Croatia in 2014. They are estimated to be 6,500 years ...
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  • Super Cool Refrigerator History

    May 21, 2019
    It's hard to imagine your home without a refrigerator, but as little as 100 years ago Canadians relied on alternative methods of food preservation according to the type of food and the surrounding climate. Read on to learn more about the evolution of this modern-day marvel courtesy of the seasoned professionals at Mr. Appliance®, from the old-fashioned icebox to the technologically advanced smart ...
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  • When Was Ice Cream Invented? A Short, Sweet History Lesson

    May 14, 2019
    There is nothing like a cold scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day, but if you're like most people you have given little or no thought to the history of this wildly popular treat. Read on to learn all you ever needed to know about the origin and evolution of ice cream including the best way to store it, from the team of professionals at Mr. Appliance®. When Was Ice Cream Invented? Icy treats can ...
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  • Create a Timeless Kitchen with Antique Appliances

    May 7, 2019
    For several generations now, kitchens have included appliances to make life easier. Long gone are the days of stoking the fire, hauling ice to the ice chest, and washing dishes by hand. There’s no arguing the convenience of appliances—the problem is they’re simply an eyesore. If you’re put off by gaudy appliances disrupting the beauty of your carefully selected shaker-style cabinets, butcher block ...
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  • The Best Range Hoods to Keep Your Kitchen Ventilated

    April 23, 2019
    Ventilation is a key factor in the quality of your indoor air and the cleanliness of your home. When you consider that the kitchen is one of the most often used rooms and that which produces the most odours, grease, and steam, it's imperative that you choose a range hood that not only looks good, but also performs well. With so many different types of range hoods to choose from it can be hard to ...
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  • Retro Kitchen Appliances Are Back in Style

    April 16, 2019
    Retro Kitchen Appliances are Back in Style Retro style kitchen appliances give you modern performance with a vintage, but timeless look. If you're interested in the retro appliances trend you will want to know a little about their history, today's modern twist on retro, how to integrate them into your design and most importantly, making sure your new appliances comply with safety standards. We ...
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  • Coloured Appliances in the Kitchen: Yes, Your Oven Can Be Purple

    April 9, 2019
    For most people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where meals are prepared and shared, where stories are told, where childhood boo-boos get a bandage and a kiss better. Cold, heartless stainless steel has been at the top of the design list for American kitchens for many years, but perhaps it's time to infuse a little warmth and colour to our favourite spaces with coloured appliances in ...
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  • The Great Debate: Front-Load vs. Top-Load Washing Machine

    April 2, 2019
    Who comes out on top in the fight against loads and loads of dirty laundry—a front-load or top-load washing machine? If you ask around, you may find that some people with strong opinions will try to steer you in one direction or the other. You may recall that top-load machines ruled the roost while you were growing up, but by the turn of the century, front-loading washing machines took center ...
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  • Can You Put Styrofoam in the Microwave? Reheat Food Safely

    March 26, 2019
    Microwave ovens are a useful addition to any kitchen and in most circumstances, they are considered to be a time-saving alternative for heating, cooking, and defrosting a variety of foods. One of the most common uses for this technology is the reheating of leftovers which poses the question, "Can you put styrofoam in the microwave?" This popular material is often used by restaurants and fast food ...
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  • How to Clean Front-Load Washer Mold

    March 19, 2019
    Front-load washing machines are famous for being quiet, efficient, and gentle on clothes, but they’re infamous for accruing nasty mold and mildew. Here’s how to clean front-load washer mold, along with tips to limit the machine’s susceptibility to future growth. What Causes Front-Load Washing Machines to Mold? Front-load washers are all the rage, but their design makes them more prone to mold. ...
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  • Does Stainless Steel Rust? (Stainless Isn’t Always Rust-less)

    March 12, 2019
    Stainless steel is used in any number of applications including medical equipment, automotive parts, and indoor and outdoor appliances. There are several misconceptions about this versatile material—the biggest one being that it doesn't rust when exposed to water or the elements. While stainless steel may not corrode in the same manner or at the same speed as ordinary steel it can happen under the ...
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  • Are Microwaves Safe or Dangerous?

    March 5, 2019
    When microwave ovens were first introduced in the late 1960s they revolutionized the way people reheat, defrost, and cook their food. While they were once considered a luxury item, they can now be found in nearly every home across the country. But like most modern conveniences it's important to learn all you can about how microwave ovens work and whether or not they are a safe alternative to more ...
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  • Freezing Baby Food 101: How to Freeze Baby Food

    February 26, 2019
    Caring for a new little one comes with many questions and concerns. How should you dress your baby? What temperature should you keep your baby’s nursery? What baby food should you buy? Your questions are never-ending, but fortunately, there’s often more than one right answer. For instance, many parents choose to make their own baby food and freeze it for later. This is a healthy and cost-effective ...
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  • Can You Put Hot Food in Your Refrigerator?

    February 19, 2019
    If you're like most people food safety is somewhat of a mystery. Unfortunately, the consequences associated with improper food handling and storage can be dire, ranging from mild stomach upset to severe illness or even death—prompting a need for strict adherence to food safety guidelines. One of the most common dilemmas that homeowners face is whether or not to put hot food in the refrigerator, ...
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  • What Is Freezer Burn? Causes and Prevention of Freezer Burn

    February 15, 2019
    Freezing food is a great way to reduce waste, spend less money on groceries, and save time by preparing meals in advance . Of course, if you’re not diligent, food can go bad in the freezer, too, from a condition called “freezer burn.” Now’s your chance to learn what causes freezer burn and how to prevent it. What is Freezer Burn? While freezing food has some amazing benefits, the biggest downside ...
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  • How to Install a Garburator

    February 12, 2019
    A new garburator can enhance your lifestyle, saving you time while helping to reduce your impact on the environment. Whether you need to replace your old or worn out appliance or you are installing a new garburator as part of a kitchen remodel or renovation, it's important to follow the proper procedures to ensure optimal performance and safety. The experts at Mr. Appliance® are pleased to provide ...
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  • Grow These Indoor Plants You Can Eat

    February 5, 2019
    There is no question that organic or locally grown produce has a number of significant benefits over varieties which have been genetically modified, or laden with pesticides. Unfortunately the healthier version of fruits, vegetables, and herbs come with a heftier price tag, and may be hard to find at your local grocer. The solution? Start your own indoor garden, and have your favourites at your ...
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  • Does Coconut Oil Need to Be Refrigerated?

    February 5, 2019
    Coconut oil has gained popularity over the past decade among those looking for a healthier alternative for cooking, grooming, skin care, and more. With so many different applications and benefits, it's easy to see why coconut oil has become a staple in homes across the country—but while many people can name a dozen different ways to use it not everyone knows the right way to store it. Take the ...
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  • How to Hide your Kitchen Appliances in Plain Sight

    January 22, 2019
    Regardless of whether your kitchen is decorated in a modern, traditional, or contemporary style, nothing can ruin the overall appearance more than your kitchen appliances. One of the best ways to enhance the look and feel of the most often used room in your home is by hiding your appliances, both big and small, in plain sight—but how? The team of professionals at Mr. Appliance® has a number of ...
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  • Clever, Easy Ways to Hide a Washer & Dryer

    January 15, 2019
    The washer and dryer may be two of your most treasured appliances, but that doesn’t mean you want to stare at them all day. Unfortunately, not every home or apartment is lucky enough to have a dedicated laundry room. Avoid airing out your dirty laundry for all to see with these ways to hide a washer and dryer. Places to Hide Laundry Room Appliances Every living space is unique. Some layouts don’t ...
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  • Small Laundry Room Ideas and Design Tips

    January 8, 2019
    It’s easy for the laundry room to become cluttered, especially if you have a small space to work with. The key is to design the room strategically so it stays organized week after week. You also want to introduce some personal flair to make this part of your home more inviting. Here are some small laundry room design ideas to help you make the most of the space. Colour Scheme Begin by assessing ...
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  • Commercial Kitchen Layout Tips

    January 2, 2019
    The kitchen is not only the heart of the home but also the heart of any restaurant or food service venue. While the quality and variety of equipment you choose will help determine your success, equally as important are the kitchen design and layout. Whether you in the planning stages for a new restaurant or would like to improve the workflow and efficiency in your existing establishment Mr. ...
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