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How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

One of the most common questions our consumer scientists get is whether you should wash your pillows and how often? The simple answer is yes. If your pillow is washable you should give it a good cleaning because dirt, oil and dust mites can build up over time on your...

6 Tips for Keeping Frozen Food Fresh

When it comes to your refrigerator the freezer has a pretty important role. Its the perfect place to store leftovers, fruits and vegetables that are out of season or anything that you'd like to keep fresh for an extended period of time. But do you know how to get the...

How to care for your Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly holiday sweaters and while you are out being holly and jolly, your sweater is getting dirty! Keep your ugly sweaters fresh with these simple tips from our laundry expert Mary Zeitler. https://youtu.be/mS8vQehvJxo First, always check the care...

Maximize your Dishwasher with these 3 tips

The holiday season is the time to spend more time with your family and friends and less time doing dishes. Our dishwasher expert Lucinda Ottusch shows how maximizing your dishwasher is as easy as the three s's: separate, secure and spin. https://youtu.be/Bv1hGZf_AuQ

Top Microwave Cleaning Tips

Tough baked on soils are hard to clean, but soils in your microwave can actually effect the functioning of your microwave. Here are our tips to keep your microwave in top shape: Go Natural - One of the best ways to clean stubborn stains in the microwave is by going...

3 Tips For An Organized Garage

Take your garage from messy to organized in these three simple steps: Designate Zones - Creating areas within the garage for lawn & garden equipment, sports equipment and tools will not only help you organize but will also help the rest of the family know where to...

SPRING CLEANING TIPS

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

One of the most common questions our consumer scientists get is whether you should wash your pillows and how often? The simple answer is yes. If your pillow is washable you should give it a good cleaning because dirt, oil and dust mites can build up over time on your...

5 Ways to Clean Without Chemicals

Cleaning without harsh chemicals can be easy and even handy! Most of the ingredients you need to clean and deodorizer your home are already in your kitchen. Here are 5 natural ways to clean around the house: Counter tops - For non-porous surfaces combine a 50/50...

Put Your Cleaning IQ to the Test

Cleaning tips have been passed down and past around for generations. Now with the rise of social networks, these tips are easily shareable, but are these tips myth or fact? Test your cleaning knowledge here. [playbuzz-item...

Top 10 Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Appliances in Top Shape

Your appliances are the workhorse in your home. They clean so you can spend more time on what really matters. But how often do you clean and maintain them? Here are the top 10 tips to keep your appliances in tip top shape. Refrigerator Condenser Coils - dirt, dust,...

3 Simple Steps to an Organized Refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the most touched appliances in the home. Almost every member of the family comes in contact with it at least once a day. So how do you keep it organized? Here are some easy tips the whole family can follow for a more organized fridge....

IN THE KITCHEN

Holiday Baking Fails & Fixes

If you've ever searched for recipes or baking ideas on the internet, you'll see a treasure trove of beautiful glossy images. Cookies perfectly decorated, a roast cooked to perfection and vibrantly colored vegetables that make the perfect pairing. You've got to hand it...

5 Ways Your Microwave Can Save You Time This Holiday Season

Today's microwaves have come a long way from the first "radarange" that was sold in 1946. Modern microwaves can cook, steam and even convection bake. Move aside frozen burritos and left-over pizza, here are some ways you can use your microwave to help save time in the...

Convection Cooking 101

Convection cooking can be intimidating for even the most seasoned cook. Our Institute of Home Science expert Anna Carl gives us the basics so you can get the most out of your oven.   https://youtu.be/WD7dFwsywIU Convection cooking differs from a traditional oven...

Holiday Baking Must Haves

The Holidays can be a busy time full of cooking and baking. Time always seems to run in short supply so our Institute of Home Science cooking expert Anna Carl gave us some tips on how to keep your kitchen stocked so you can spend less time shopping and more time on...

Refrigerator Organization 101

The refrigerator is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen making it one of the hardest to keep organized. So we asked Institute of Home Science expert Julia Burke to give us a few tips so that you can get the most out of your refrigerator....

DESIGN & ORGANIZATION

6 Tips for Keeping Frozen Food Fresh

When it comes to your refrigerator the freezer has a pretty important role. Its the perfect place to store leftovers, fruits and vegetables that are out of season or anything that you'd like to keep fresh for an extended period of time. But do you know how to get the...

3 Tips For An Organized Garage

Take your garage from messy to organized in these three simple steps: Designate Zones - Creating areas within the garage for lawn & garden equipment, sports equipment and tools will not only help you organize but will also help the rest of the family know where to...

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and sometimes it is hard to find the perfect gift that tells mom just how special she is. We’ve put together this list to help you buy the perfect gift for mom. Green-thumb Mom- For the mom who takes care of her garden with the...

3 Simple Steps to an Organized Refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the most touched appliances in the home. Almost every member of the family comes in contact with it at least once a day. So how do you keep it organized? Here are some easy tips the whole family can follow for a more organized fridge....

Color in the Kitchen: Black is the new Stainless

Avocado green and harvest gold will always harbor memories of a time long gone - when bell bottoms and orange shag carpet were all the rage. For many years, color was king in the kitchen but just as quickly as those trends faded, so did the trend of brightly colored...

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