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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

The 12 Stains of the Holiday Season

The holidays are often the busiest time of year—and the messiest. While the season is a time for family gatherings full of warm and cheery greetings, the stains left behind should not be how memories are made. From that first jingle sung to the very last ornament...

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...

Clean Away the Cold and Flu

Cold and flu season is in full force and allergy season isn't far behind. These microscopic viruses can create big problems within a family. A good, thorough cleaning can help stop the spread of these stubborn viruses and allergens but are you using your appliances to...

Leave No (Dirty) Dish Behind

May 18th is No Dirty Dishes Day! Don't leave any (dirty) dishes behind with these simple tips from our Institute of Home Science experts. https://youtu.be/FppDzfogqqk   Leave room between items for water to circulate completely around your dishes. Make sure tall...

How to care for your Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly holiday sweaters and while you are out being holly and jolly, your sweater is getting dirty! Keep your ugly sweaters fresh with these simple tips from our laundry expert Mary Zeitler. https://youtu.be/mS8vQehvJxo First, always check the care...

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

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...

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...

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....

How To Store Your Seasonal Clothing

Packing away clothing can be difficult, but pulling out faded, misshapen and musty garments next season can be even more frustrating. Keep your warm-weather clothing bright through the winter and your cold-weather clothing cozy throughout the summer by taking the...

Easy Ways to Go Green in your Home

  Going green doesn't have to break the bank to make a difference. We asked our sustainability experts for their top tips to make a big impact on your environmental footprint and not on your wallet.   Stop Hand Washing & Pre Rinsing. Use your dishwasher...

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