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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 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 Take Care of Your Wool: The Basics

As the temperature consistently hovers below freezing, it is your wool sweaters that will become the favorite choice in the clothing rotation. However, too many consumers still view wool as a material that requires frequent dry cleaning, and one that is ruined from a...

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...

QUIZ: What’s Your Laundry Personality?

Laundry: everyone has to do it, but not every one does it the same! Take the quiz to find out which personality your laundry habits fit in.

Time to Plan the Garage: Top 13 Tips

Are you building a new house with a garage? Or do you already have one, and it just needs a major revamp? No worries. Here's how to plan your garage space in the most efficient way. 1. Measure your space. It's important to get your exact dimensions, including......

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

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Ranges 101

Ranges, often known as ovens or stoves, are a versatile tool that can accommodate multiple approaches to cooking. The latest features and technology help boil liquids and heat faster, while multiple range configurations help make entertaining easy. For those cooks who...

Laundry Room Organization & Maintenance: The Basics

Having places to store laundry supplies, fold clothes and treat stains will help make the chore a whole lot easier. The following tips will help you organize your laundry in no time. Get the Family Involved Recent research demonstrates that over half of Americans are...

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...

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...

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