Why Your Microwave is Heating Your Plate Instead of the Food

Hot plates are probably not an issue with your microwave. ©iStockphoto.com/GetUpStudio

The microwave can be one of the most useful appliances in your kitchen - if it's used right. There's nothing more convenient than warming something up in the microwave when you're short on time. However, many people don't understand how a microwave works and therefore aren't using it properly. A microwave produces waves of energy that bounce around … [Read more...]

Improve Your Oven Performance by Using the Right Baking Sheet

When baking, know exactly which sheet is best. ©iStockphoto.com/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

When it comes making baked goods, there's a good chance that you just grab whatever baking sheet is most accessible to you at that point. However, did you know that there's a big difference between using light baking sheets and dark baking sheets? You may have noticed that your baking sheets are in different shades, but it definitely matters depending on … [Read more...]

Why You Should Really Make the Switch to the Cold Water Cycle

Using cold water in your laundry could save you a bundle. ©iStockphoto.com/ViktorCap

When you do laundry, do you wash your clothes in warm water? If you do, you're not the only one - around 60 percent of all Americans do their laundry using warm water. However, you should strongly consider doing your laundry in cold water from now on. The following are a few reasons why you should use cold water to wash your clothes: Roughly 75 percent … [Read more...]