Why you should stop pre-rinsing your dishes today

Sustainability as a holiday tradition has taken its place alongside twinkling lights, celebrations with families and friends and presents under the tree. A 2021 Accenture survey found that steps toward sustainability – making homemade gifts, secondhand shopping and not using traditional wrapping paper – had emerged as serious holiday season trend in the U.S. In … Continue reading "Why you should stop pre-rinsing your dishes today"

Thanksgiving Laundry: How to Remove Wine and Gravy Stains from Cloth Napkins and Tablecloths

Are you hosting a  holiday feast this year? If you have cloth napkins and tablecloths, chances are you’ll bring them out to use when you’re hosting guests, and chances are, they will be quite dirty at the end of the meal!  Cloth napkins are often considered a more sustainable option than paper since they rarely … Continue reading "Thanksgiving Laundry: How to Remove Wine and Gravy Stains from Cloth Napkins and Tablecloths"

Cleaning Your Appliances, Inside and Out

The benefits of keeping a clean home are well-documented, from reduced stress to fewer potentially illness-causing germs and even improved allergy symptoms. Like a lot of household activities, cleaning saw its profile increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey of consumers conducted by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) in 2021 found that the use of … Continue reading "Cleaning Your Appliances, Inside and Out"

Refrigerator Organization: Storing and Reheating Leftovers Safely

Once the holiday table is cleared, many home cooks across the U.S. might be left wondering what they’re supposed to do with all of the leftovers. From a simple turkey sandwich  to the more exotic leftover turkey curry or chipotle turkey tostadas, your options for creative post-holiday cooking are limitless. But regardless of how you … Continue reading "Refrigerator Organization: Storing and Reheating Leftovers Safely"

Holiday Cooking: What to Freeze and What to Prepare Fresh

Are you getting ready to host a big holiday dinner? Many people who kept things small the past two years are gearing up to invite family and friends into their homes to celebrate the holidays. Your home might look a little bit different than the last time you hosted, especially if you are among the … Continue reading "Holiday Cooking: What to Freeze and What to Prepare Fresh"

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Appliance

Autumn is normally a time when appliance shoppers think ahead to the holiday season and try to purchase new appliances before guests arrive and families gather for a holiday meal. But this isn’t a normal time, and as anyone in the market for a major appliance has probably heard, they might have to wait additional … Continue reading "5 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Appliance"

How to Choose the Best Air Cleaner for Your Home

How clean is the indoor air you breathe, and how can you make it cleaner?  Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, seasonal wildfires and spring allergy season, those are questions many are asking. Several home appliances can help reduce indoor pollutants, but an air cleaner is your go-to product if you are focused on improving the … Continue reading "How to Choose the Best Air Cleaner for Your Home"

Blender Boost: 4 Healthy Recipes for Fall

It feels good to be back in the fall routine, with school days and a full schedule of pickups, drop-offs, activities and events. It is a welcome return to the familiar, but going out more also opens us up to some of the things we would rather do without, like the first colds of the … Continue reading "Blender Boost: 4 Healthy Recipes for Fall"

Back to School: Refrigerator Organization for Less Stress and Healthier Choices

If the kitchen is the hub of the home, the refrigerator is more akin to a sun at the center of the universe, orbited by family members. It is where most meals begin, and as people began spending almost all of their time at home during the pandemic, the refrigerator took on even more significance … Continue reading "Back to School: Refrigerator Organization for Less Stress and Healthier Choices"

Sanitizing Cycles and Other Ways to Kill Illness-causing Bugs

NOTE: NSF was interviewed for the following blog post on cleaning vs. sanitizing. While sanitization cycles are a tool to boost the cleanliness of your home, NSF’s testing of sanitization cycles does not presently include the COVID-19 or coronaviruses. Anyone shopping for cleaning products that can kill bacteria, viruses and other illness-causing microorganisms these days … Continue reading "Sanitizing Cycles and Other Ways to Kill Illness-causing Bugs"