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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

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...

Debunking Laundry: Myths & Facts

Should you really treat fabric stains head on? And do more suds result in cleaner clothes? Separate the myths from the facts to get the best results from your laundry. Myth: Bleach mixed with detergent helps clean and whiten at the same time. Fact: Adding bleach with...

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....

The Ultimate Fabric Care Guide: Cleaning, Drying, Ironing, and Storing

ACRYLIC Acrylic can be made into fuzzy knits, or made to look and feel like cotton. Acrylic is generally soft and warm and resists wrinkles and shrinkage, but can be sensitive to pilling. It can be used to make such things as sweaters, socks, fleece and throw...

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Dishwashers 101

It's okay. Sometimes dishwashers annoy us, too. Take a look at some cleaning pointers from the experts: Many dishwashers now offer time-saving features that make upkeep simple. If you use your dishwasher frequently, run cycles with heavily-soiled dishes or have a busy...

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

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...

5 Tips for Home Office Happiness

For some, a home office is where they spend the working day. For others, it’s a family paperwork depot for dealing with bills, permission slips, to-do lists, coupons, and whatever else the postman brings, or the teacher sends home. Whether you spend minutes or hours...

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Microwaves 101

Available in countertop and hood combinations, microwaves are no longer simply for defrosting and heating. Now capable of cooking in four different ways--grilling, baking, steam, and convection--microwaves have become an important kitchen tool for every level of cook....

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...

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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