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5 Tips to Better Baking

You can get great results in your oven with these simple tips from our cooking expert Anna Carl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbhBD7bP2XM&feature=youtu.be  First, pick your pan carefully; dark or dull pans enhance browning, while shiny or insulated pans slow...

Preheating 101

The kitchen range is typically known as the work horse of the kitchen. It can bake, broil, roast and toast, but do you know how to get the most out of it? Here are some simple tips from our cooking expert Anna Carl on the importance of preheating and how...

8 Tips to Better Holiday Card Photos

The holidays are right around the corner, and soon your mailbox will be full of beautiful, glossy holiday cards. Forget to book a photographer? Or maybe you just don't want to spend the extra money? Whirlpool Creative Studios Manager, Christopher Craig gives his tips...

YES! You CAN Cook a Turkey in the Microwave!

A popular joke is floating around social media just in time for Thanksgiving: “Hey mom, how many minutes does it take to microwave a 25 lbs. Turkey?” The responses are funny, with reactions of shock, horror and disbelief. Even though mom typically knows best, mom may...

How to Avoid ‘Trapped Turkey Syndrome’

How to Avoid ‘Trapped Turkey Syndrome’ Setting the temperature higher than 500 degrees can engage your oven’s locking mechanism It’s a nightmarish situation. Your family and friends are all gathered at your home for Thanksgiving or Christmas—and they’re all hungry....

How to Use Convection Cooking to Make Holiday Meals Legendary

Your reputation as a holiday chef is on the line. You want perfectly browned turkey, succulent ham and evenly cooked pies and side dishes. It’s the perfect time to use that convection setting on your range For those who aren’t familiar, a convection oven has a fan and...

CLEANING

How to Stock your Kitchen on a Budget

Whether you are designing on a budget or looking to add to your kitchen there are a few gadgets that can really add functionality to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Institute of Home Science Cooking Expert Anna Carl lists her favorite ways to stock your...

Conquering College: Laundry 101

You are so ready for college. You've memorized the campus map, coordinated "who is bringing what" with your roommate, and mastered the art of five course meals in the microwave. You've even created the ultimate class schedule: no lectures before noon or on Fridays....

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...

How to get your Towels Clean & Fresh

Have you ever wondered how you should wash your towels? Or how often you should wash them? It's a common question for many because towels can be tricky to wash. With so many uses for towels and how often they are used it can be slightly confusing how to take care of...

Time to Clean the Garage: Top 6 Tips

Garages can get grimy and cluttered  in no time. Is it time to clean and organize? Keep these six tips in mind. 1. Pick your day. Nothing's worse than working in bad weather. Schedule your garage organization for a day with a positive forecast. 2. Dress for success....

STAIN TIPS

How to Deal With End of Summer Stains

As summer sadly comes to an end, its time to turn our attention to the left behind stains from a summer of fun!

DESIGN & ORGANIZATION

How To Store Your Seasonal Clothing

Packing away clothing can be difficult, but pulling out faded, misshapen and musty garments next season can be even more frustrating. Keep your warm-weather clothing bright through the winter and your cold-weather clothing cozy throughout the summer by taking the...

5 Ways Renters and Urban Dwellers Can Go Green

  One of the biggest myths about "going green" is that you have to make a major investment to make a difference. We asked our sustainability experts to dispel that myth with some easy and inexpensive ways renters and those living in an urban environment can make...

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Refrigerators 101

Is your refrigerator overcrowded? It might just not have enough room for the entire family. A good rule of thumb is eight cubic feet of fresh-food storage for every two people, plus an added cubic foot for each additional person. For example, if your house holds five...

Easy Ways to Go Green in your Home

  Going green doesn't have to break the bank to make a difference. We asked our sustainability experts for their top tips to make a big impact on your environmental footprint and not on your wallet.   Stop Hand Washing & Pre Rinsing. Use your dishwasher...

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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