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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

Give Your Appliances a Gift Before the Holiday Season–A Good Cleaning

'Tis the season for houseguests – and whether they're invited or unexpected, it's like you will be getting your linens ready, pulling out the fine dinnerware and prepping the home for the holidays. And part of that routine should include ensuring that home appliances...

How Often Should You Wash Your Bedding?

You sleep on them every night, leaving behind sweat and dirt but how often should you wash your sheets and even more confusing, how should you wash them? Institute of Home Science expert Mary Zeitler has worked in the Whirlpool Corporation laundry lab for over 20...

Grill Cleaning Made Easy

It's a sign of summer, a staple for any backyard barbeque but with all the great food comes a big, hard to clean mess. High heat and greasy food can make keeping your grill clean nearly impossible. Here are some helpful tips from our cooking expert Anna Carl to keep...

How to Prep your Fridge for the Holidays

During the Holidays, an influx of guests and celebrations can fill up your refrigerator fast. Our Global Design expert Julia Burke has some easy ideas to help you re-organize in time for the influx of casseroles and party platters.   https://youtu.be/LWwpnpl6wSA...

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...

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

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...

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...

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....

Cooktops: Electric or Gas?

Gas or electric? When it comes to cooktops, home cooks have been asking this question for years and with so many options on the market today, how do you know which one is right for your lifestyle? Each option has distinct benefits so it's important to pick the one...

What’s Hot in 2016 Design

The start of another year means big things in the design world! As the latest and greatest products are unveiled at two major trade shows, it gives designers the first opportunity to see which designs made the final cut after years of inspiration. We caught up with...

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