Improving life at Home

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 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...

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

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...

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...

A Perfect Pair: A Washer & Dryer Buying Guide

The average person washes approximately $3,000 of clothing every single week. To protect your investment and keep your clothes looking like new, it's important to buy the washer and dryer pair that's right for your family. Top-Load Laundry Pairs The basic automatic...

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!

ORGANIZATION

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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