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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 Bedding?

You sleep on them every night, leaving behind sweat and dirt but how often should you wash your sheets and even more confusing, how should you wash them? Institute of Home Science expert Mary Zeitler has worked in the Whirlpool Corporation laundry lab for over 20...

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...

5 Steps to Conquer Mud Stains!

First comes winter, spring and soon after mud season! Get hard to clean mud out of your clothes with these simple tips: Check the care label on the garment for specific instructions. Brush any excess dirt or mud off of the garment. Rinse garment in cold water to flush...

Ironing: The Basics

First things first--easier ironing starts in the dryer. To prevent wrinkles from setting in, remove laundry from the dryer while still damp. But here are some more tips to help your ironing go more smoothly. Reducing Wrinkles Always hang your items immediately after...

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....

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 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....

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....

Color in the Kitchen: Black is the new Stainless

Avocado green and harvest gold will always harbor memories of a time long gone - when bell bottoms and orange shag carpet were all the rage. For many years, color was king in the kitchen but just as quickly as those trends faded, so did the trend of brightly colored...

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...

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...

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