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The Best Small Appliances That Every College Student Needs

In 2017 nearly 20 million students* headed off to universities around the country, and getting them there took a lot of planning and coordination, along with the occasional kleenex. As the days of Summer slowly slip away, students and parents are reviewing list, and...

Is Your Fridge Ready? Get ready to chill this Summer!

Is your refrigerator ready for the busy summer season? Here are some simple tips to get your refrigerator in top shape for the summer months. Remove old or expired items. Check expiration dates of items especially condiments. Most condiments expire 6 months to a year...

5 Steps to Conquer Mud Stains!

First comes winter, spring and soon after mud season! Get hard to clean mud out of your clothes with these simple tips: Check the care label on the garment for specific instructions. Brush any excess dirt or mud off of the garment. Rinse garment in cold water to flush...

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...

5 Tips to Keep Your Smart Home Secure

Smart home devices are one of the top holiday gifts each year. Their ease of use and convenience make them a consumer favorite across the globe. But how do you keep your smart home secure? We asked our IoT expert Paul Kurtz for his top 5 tips to keep your smart home...

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The Best Small Appliances That Every College Student Needs

In 2017 nearly 20 million students* headed off to universities around the country, and getting them there took a lot of planning and coordination, along with the occasional kleenex. As the days of Summer slowly slip away, students and parents are reviewing list, and...

CLEANING TIPS

Is Your Fridge Ready? Get ready to chill this Summer!

Is your refrigerator ready for the busy summer season? Here are some simple tips to get your refrigerator in top shape for the summer months. Remove old or expired items. Check expiration dates of items especially condiments. Most condiments expire 6 months to a year...

5 Steps to Conquer Mud Stains!

First comes winter, spring and soon after mud season! Get hard to clean mud out of your clothes with these simple tips: Check the care label on the garment for specific instructions. Brush any excess dirt or mud off of the garment. Rinse garment in cold water to flush...

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...

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....

Meet The Experts

Area of expertise:  Consumer Science, Laundry Hometown:  Saint Joseph Michigan Hobby:  Photography Book:  The Stand by Stephen King Meal:  Almost anything as long as there's some crusty bread and butter Vacation: New Zealand Music: Alternative Rock Quote: "Be...

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