How to Clean Your AirPods Without Ruining Them

Whether you’re trying to find one of them, worrying that your pet ate them, or actually wearing them, you probably aren’t thinking about cleaning your AirPods. For some of us, it’s only when we take them out and find a particularly gory glob of earwax …

Whether you’re trying to find one of them, worrying that your pet ate them, or actually wearing them, you probably aren’t thinking about cleaning your AirPods. For some of us, it’s only when we take them out and find a particularly gory glob of earwax stuck to them that it even occurs to us that, much like our sheets or shower curtains, our beloved wireless earbuds should probably have their own cleaning schedule. In addition to avoiding the jarring visual described above, it’s also in the interest of our health to do so.

“The ear canal is a dark, warm, moist, closed space and is prone to infection,” explains Erich P. Voight, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery—at NYU Langone Health. “Blocking it off with anything can cause the environment to get infected. If the object placed inside is ‘dirty’ then an infection is likely.” He adds that ear infections are usually indicated by pain, swelling, itchiness, and even hearing loss or fever. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, regardless of your AirPods’ cleanliness, get in touch with your healthcare provider.

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How to Get Every Last Bit of Food Coloring off Your Skin

The Halloween season certainly gives it a run for its money, but there’s no denying that spring is a big time of year for the food dye industry. Between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, the season is full of opportunities to create vividly multicolored tr…

The Halloween season certainly gives it a run for its money, but there’s no denying that spring is a big time of year for the food dye industry. Between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, the season is full of opportunities to create vividly multicolored treats and dishes—and, unfortunately, to end up with multicolored hands, too.

It’s one thing to protect your clothes from pesky stains with, say, a stylish apron, but in the midst of an egg dyeing project, you might not be able to save your skin from the same fate. Luckily, with a little elbow grease and creativity, you can wash off even the most stubborn, concentrated food colorings.

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How to Make the Most of Every Awkward Nook in Your Home

Home- and apartment-hunting is full of compromises: You may have to adjust your exacting preferences around price and location, or overlook a few nonsensical design details—all in the name of finding a home that suits you. The Home52 contributor who le…

Home- and apartment-hunting is full of compromises: You may have to adjust your exacting preferences around price and location, or overlook a few nonsensical design details—all in the name of finding a home that suits you. The Home52 contributor who learned to love the shower in her kitchen leaps to mind, but it’s more likely than not that your new home will have a few nooks and crannies that don’t come with a clear intended purpose. Maybe there’s one behind your kitchen cabinets; or perhaps there’s an odd open corner in your recently renovated bathroom.

Some might think they’re strange, but we’d prefer to say they add character and stir up creativity. Besides, even if it’s unclear how or why these little spaces came to be, there’s no reason why you can’t make good use of them now.

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Stuck With Uncomfy Furniture? Here Are 5 Ways to Fix It.

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe op…

It’s difficult to describe the kind of disappointment you feel when you order a new piece of furniture only for it to arrive at your doorstep and fail to meet expectations. But, as the pandemic continues, shopping online may feel like your only safe option for buying furniture. While it’s certainly convenient to pick out a new living room set from the comfort of your computer (and current living room set), there’s undeniably a risk involved when you can’t check it out in a storeroom first. Namely, you could end up with a whole room’s worth of furniture that isn’t as comfortable as you hoped, despite all the reviews you pored through first.

It bears mentioning that, obviously, you can always return the offending items if they’re not up to your standards. But, if you’re set on making do with what you have, here are a few tips to get started. And, if all else fails, there’s always the floor.

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From Shopping to Prepping, 5 Ways to De-Stress Thanksgiving

We’ve already admitted to ourselves that Turkey Day 2020 will be a far cry from your average Thanksgiving, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping out-of-town relatives at a distance and in-person gatherings to a minimum.

But in coming to term…

We’ve already admitted to ourselves that Turkey Day 2020 will be a far cry from your average Thanksgiving, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping out-of-town relatives at a distance and in-person gatherings to a minimum.

But in coming to terms with the reality that this year’s celebration will undoubtedly feel different, we must also face the fact that our normal strategies for planning a (relatively) low-stress holiday may need to change, too.

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What Is Marzipan? Plus, How to Make it From Scratch

Marzipan, the almond-based confection with roots in the Middle East, Latin America, and all over Europe, deserves a better reputation. The average home baker in the United States probably doesn’t consider it to be their favorite flavor, let alone worth…

Marzipan, the almond-based confection with roots in the Middle East, Latin America, and all over Europe, deserves a better reputation. The average home baker in the United States probably doesn’t consider it to be their favorite flavor, let alone worthy of a permanent spot in their pantry.

But Chef Stephen L. Durfee, professor of baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America, is happy to make the case for both points—and restore the good name of marzipan overall.

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5 Non-Boring Ways to Gift Wrap a Book

We’re big fans of thinking outside of the (gift) box when it comes to wrapping presents. But it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing when faced with wrapping something as basic as a book. Luckily, with a little thought given to your own perso…

We’re big fans of thinking outside of the (gift) box when it comes to wrapping presents. But it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing when faced with wrapping something as basic as a book. Luckily, with a little thought given to your own personal style and the kind of book you’re gifting, as well as a couple of expert tips to guide you, you can make a book the best-looking present on the pile (even if you’re mailing it to an out-of-town recipient).

Lisa Fu of NYC Gift Wrapping shared her favorite tips for wrapping a book—regardless of style or genre, paperback or hardcover—with us below.

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The Best Kitchen Knives? Let’s Cut to the Chase

There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they realize they can no longer survive on a single dull, hand-me-down knife alone: It’s time to upgrade, toss that old workhorse of a blade, or invest in a decent sharpener. If you’ve recently come upo…

There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they realize they can no longer survive on a single dull, hand-me-down knife alone: It’s time to upgrade, toss that old workhorse of a blade, or invest in a decent sharpener. If you’ve recently come upon this realization in your own cooking, you’ve come to the right place.

While a single chef’s knife can tackle plenty of cutting and chopping on its own, a few additional (and some would argue: just as essential) knives will round out your collection and make you feel all the better prepared to tackle whatever task a recipe may call for. So, in addition to the ever-versatile chef’s blade, a paring knife, serrated knife, and carving knife, to name a few, deserve a spot in your arsenal as well.

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Why I Ditched a WFH Desk for the…Floor

While working from home undoubtedly has its perks—easy access to snacks and an all-sweats uniform are top contenders—there are some disadvantages that come with the territory, too: for one, my studio apartment isn’t the most spacious, so I’ve put off b…

While working from home undoubtedly has its perks—easy access to snacks and an all-sweats uniform are top contenders—there are some disadvantages that come with the territory, too: for one, my studio apartment isn't the most spacious, so I've put off buying a desk. To make do, I've been working from the couch, which, too often, leads to the feeling that I should be relaxing instead of working. Besides, a day on the couch leaves my back feeling hunched and tight.

A few weeks ago, I made some changes. In an effort to feel like more of an upright worker, I decided to have my low coffee table stand in for a desk, and ditch the idea of a chair completely. I’ve never been happier to get to work: Sitting cross-legged on the rug, I feel less sluggish, more aware of my posture, and much more comfortable than I would if I had to unfold myself from whatever half-horizontal position I used to be in on the couch.

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A Crunchy Look at How Cape Cod Potato Chips Are Made

We’ve partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a special look at how their classic potato chips are made, plus the process behind developing the varieties—from Sour Cream and Onion to the limited-edition (coming up…

We’ve partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to celebrate their 40th anniversary with a special look at how their classic potato chips are made, plus the process behind developing the varieties—from Sour Cream and Onion to the limited-edition (coming up in October!) Pink Himalayan Salt and Red Wine Vinegar—we know and love.


There are plenty of reasons why the company, Cape Cod Potato Chips, is distinctive in the snack food world: Look at its humble origin story, for starters. Plus, it’s telling that the brand’s identity remains deeply grounded in Cape Cod, where its Hyannis factory still resides, just a short drive away from the real lighthouse that inspired the brand’s iconic logo.

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