Is This Grandma-Approved Dishwasher Hack Too Good to Be True?

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday…

Babs (aka Barbara Costello) has given a whole new meaning to doing things just like Grandma. The 72-year-old Connecticut-based grandmother and viral TikTok sensation never ceases to amaze with her humor, wisdom, and simple life tips for making everyday living easier. From advice on teething babies (the youngest of her eight grandchildren is less than one year old) to a hilarious hack that keeps the man in your life clean during a messy outdoor barbecue (hint: place a piece of Press’N seal wrap on his polo shirt for an invisible bib), Babs is always sharing savvy ideas on the engrossing social media platform.

Babs’ loyal followers are always quick to say how much she reminds them of their own Nonnas too. “Thanks for this. I miss my grandma and you remind me of her. Thank you,” wrote user bentellectstan. Here, we’re rounding up five of Babs’ most beloved viral home hacks ever.

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7 Tricks for a Perfectly Packed Suitcase, Every Time

Packing light is a sport. Or at least, that’s how I justify being so sweaty at the end of an avid bout.

And between carry-on size restrictions, the avoidance of baggage fees, and an inescapable series of pre-vacation premonitions of me buried under a …

Packing light is a sport. Or at least, that's how I justify being so sweaty at the end of an avid bout.

And between carry-on size restrictions, the avoidance of baggage fees, and an inescapable series of pre-vacation premonitions of me buried under a mountain of sensible walking shoes with not a single clean sock in sight, it's not exactly one I'll volunteer to play.

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I Owe My Apartment’s Tidiness to These $25 Organizer Drawers

Living in a small space will teach you how to take one great idea and utilize it in as many ways —and in as many rooms—as possible. This is especially true for renters who have limited options for what we can do to our homes since, technically, they belong to someone else. Would I love to blow out the wall between my kitchen and living room to make one big, cohesive space? Of course I do. But how can I justify spending major cash on making a space more beautiful and functional if I’m going to move out in a few years? That’s why I rely on $25 SimpleHuman cabinet organizers in my 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment—five, to be exact.

After moving into my current apartment five years ago and combining all of our things, my now-fiancé and I quickly filled all five upper kitchen cabinets with glasses, dishes, frequently used pots and pans, and all of our pantry items. We had one cabinet underneath the sink that could house our bakeware and cleaning products, but it was so deep that it felt like a cavernous crawl space from which our possessions could be stored but never retrieved.

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Living in a small space will teach you how to take one great idea and utilize it in as many ways —and in as many rooms—as possible. This is especially true for renters who have limited options for what we can do to our homes since, technically, they belong to someone else. Would I love to blow out the wall between my kitchen and living room to make one big, cohesive space? Of course I do. But how can I justify spending major cash on making a space more beautiful and functional if I’m going to move out in a few years? That’s why I rely on $25 SimpleHuman cabinet organizers in my 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment—five, to be exact.

After moving into my current apartment five years ago and combining all of our things, my now-fiancé and I quickly filled all five upper kitchen cabinets with glasses, dishes, frequently used pots and pans, and all of our pantry items. We had one cabinet underneath the sink that could house our bakeware and cleaning products, but it was so deep that it felt like a cavernous crawl space from which our possessions could be stored but never retrieved.

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The Absolute Best Way to Boil Eggs, According to So Many Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, our writer Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s mashed dozens of potatoes, seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and tasted enough types of bacon to concern a…

In Absolute Best Tests, our writer Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She's mashed dozens of potatoes, seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, and tasted enough types of bacon to concern a cardiologist. Today, she tackles hard-boiled eggs.


Humans have been boiling eggs for a very long time.

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A ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’ Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

My boyfriend and I almost break up every time we wash our duvet cover.

It’s an unavoidable chore—and one we probably complete more frequently than the average home-dweller, thanks to my habit of drinking coffee in bed. Read More >>

My boyfriend and I almost break up every time we wash our duvet cover.

It's an unavoidable chore—and one we probably complete more frequently than the average home-dweller, thanks to my habit of drinking coffee in bed.

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A ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’ Hack for Longer-Lasting Lettuce

It’s a big week in salad news. Yesterday, author and TV producer Elan Gale exploded Twitter with his nine-part series on how to optimize salads in 2020.

I’ve got some NEWS for you people about WHY your salads are dull and flavorless. Are you rea…

It’s a big week in salad news. Yesterday, author and TV producer Elan Gale exploded Twitter with his nine-part series on how to optimize salads in 2020.

The Absolute Best Way to Fry an Egg, According to 42 Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, tasted enough stuffing for 10 Thanksgivings, and mashed so many potatoes she may ne…

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She's seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, tasted enough stuffing for 10 Thanksgivings, and mashed so many potatoes she may never mash one again. Today, she tackles fried eggs.


"The egg is one of the kitchen’s marvels, and one of nature’s," writes prolific food scientist Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking, his 800-page opus on, obviously, food and cooking. Fifty-plus pages are dedicated to the humble egg, which is mentioned upwards of 1,000 times.

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‘Help! The Bedbugs Arrived at the Same Time As My New Neighbors’

What’s your apartment living pet peeve? Your next-door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceabl…

What's your apartment living pet peeve? Your next-door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceable expert suggests resolutions to the issues that arise when humans share space.


Bed bugs are, for many city dwellers, the ultimate apartment-based fear. They are tiny, they are almost invisible, and they are horribly invasive: the least-welcome houseguests of all time. And for those who get them, they can feel like a truly biblical plague. Getting rid of them often requires packing up and processing all your clothes and such, and can truly take over your life for a non-insignificant period of time.

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My Funny Little Trick to Make Leftover Pasta Creamy Again

This past New Year’s Eve, I hosted a pasta party. It was exactly what it sounds like: me, cooking more noodle courses than my three guests could possibly eat in the hours we spent huddled around my kitchen table, and quite a bit of Parmesan.

As the ev…

This past New Year's Eve, I hosted a pasta party. It was exactly what it sounds like: me, cooking more noodle courses than my three guests could possibly eat in the hours we spent huddled around my kitchen table, and quite a bit of Parmesan.

As the evening progressed, my stock of reserved pasta water grew as murky and expansive as my guests' conversation (blame our local liquor store's sale on sparkling wine). Some amount of bucatini all'Amatriciana, rigatoni with fresh basil pesto, and aglio e olio e salsicccia later, I found myself with a full jar of the starchy stuff.

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The Surefire Way to Store Apples for Months

According to the New York Apple Association, it takes about 8 to 10 years for a standard-sized apple tree to bear fruit. According to my friends, it takes me about 15 seconds to pick so many pounds of said fruit off of an apple tree, they’re concerned …

According to the New York Apple Association, it takes about 8 to 10 years for a standard-sized apple tree to bear fruit. According to my friends, it takes me about 15 seconds to pick so many pounds of said fruit off of an apple tree, they're concerned for any given orchard's longevity. (Quickest way to drown 'em out? Feed them apple pies.)

Consequently, I end up with a lot of apple varieties every fall, all at once, which turns my kitchen counter and crisper drawer into something of a ticking time bomb. This year, I was determined to extend the lives of this innocent fruit from peak apple season through the winter months. So, I did some research about the best way to store apples for maximum freshness. Here are three long-term storage tips for freshly picked apples (or those that you’ve just picked up from the grocery store).

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