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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

3 Easy Dishwasher Loading Tips

As we celebrate National No Dirty Dishes day we'd like to offer a few tips on how to load the dishwasher from our home economist in the dish lab. Our team of experts knows a few things about dirty dishes, our dish lab runs approximately 4000 loads of dirty dishes a...

How to get Sweaty Gym Clothes Clean and Fresh

Activewear is fastly becoming a staple in many wardrobes, and whether or not it is being used for working out these fabrics often times need special care. Our laundry experts Mary Zeitler and Danielle Whah weigh in on how to properly care for these often smelly and...

How to get your Pet’s Bed and Toys Squeaky Clean

Our furry friends are more than just pets, for many they are members of the family. But these lovable pets can also bring some stinky messes and allergens to the home. Did you know that most pet beds and toys can easily be cleaned at home? Here are some tips from our...

Love Your Little Delicates? Take Care of Them!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many couples are getting ready for long romantic weekends and nights on the town. As women start to plan their date night outfits, sometimes their favorite delicate items are not in their dresser – but instead, in the bottom of...

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...

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

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...

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...

How to use your Crisper Drawers

Crisper drawers are an area of your refrigerator that people often struggle with. How do you use them, and what do you store in them? Our Global Food Preservation scientist Carolina Biotti has some tips on how to best use your crisper drawers....

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...

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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