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    Simple Christmas Mantel Decor + Letting Your Personality Shine

    It’s important to me that our home feels cozy and inviting, as well as tells the story of the people and personalities who live here. One way I let my personality shine in our home is to bring in a bit of the unexpected to our seasonal decor in subtle ways. I’ve long been a fan of quirky animals in decor, so when I found this darling fox and bunny I couldn’t resist!
    You might recall I’ve had bunnies and even a fox or two in the decor of many of our homes, so when I saw these they just felt like they belonged here, too! I adore them for the holidays, but they will also be so charming all year round. I picture their bowls filled with something new in every season — Easter eggs, spring flowers, candles, pine cones, greenery, seashells, Christmas bells, ornaments, the options are endless! They can also be moved from the mantel to be tucked into bookshelves and serve as bookends. I love flexible decor!

    This arrangement is what we have now on our mantel as of Thanksgiving weekend. We have a bit of greenery, some candles, a strand of wood beads a few pinecones, a bell and a bit of sparkle in the bowls of the bunny and fox. It’s pretty simple, but it keeps evolving. In the coming days I may add a wreath on my mirror and some garland across the mantel (and maybe swag our beads across it) but even if what we have now is all I do, it’s enough to feel festive and cozy.

    That’s what I have always loved about letting our decor evolve slowly through the seasons. We can always add more if we feel inspired, but whatever we did can be enough at any point. Of course, we can even take some away if the holidays start to feel too cluttered or overwhelming! It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If your home is truly going to reflect your personality and be authentic to you, the feel of your home should evolve with you (and the seasons!) so you always feel at peace, cozy and comfortable in your surroundings.

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    How to Make a Scrunchie in 6 Easy Steps

    Many ’90s trends have come flying back into fashion, especially scrunchies! Lucky for us, scrunchies are super simple to make at home. It’s easy to get started on your DIY journey: Use fabric scraps from old bedding, cut off the bottom of a T-shirt that’s too big or just buy new fabric you love. Homemade scrunchies also make a great gift for birthdays, holidays and any other occasion.Whether you’re a newbie who just invested in a sewing machine or a pro who wants to teach children how to sew, scrunchies make an excellent first project for sewing beginners. Follow these simple instructions for our DIY scrunchie tutorial: What you’ll need:FabricIron (optional)Fabric scissors (or rotary cutter)Elastic, 1/4″ thickSewing pinsThreadSewing machineSafety pin (optional)Instructions:Get your materials ready: Gather all of your materials. Lay your fabric flat and iron if it’s wrinkly. Using fabric scissors, cut a 4″ x 25″ strip of fabric and a 6″ to 8″ piece of elastic (depending on how tight you want the finished scrunchie). For an oversized scrunchie, cut your fabric wider than 4 inches!


    Secure the elastic in place: Pin the elastic to each of the shorter sides of the fabric on the wrong side (aka the back side). Make sure it’s centered, and then stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance.



    Stitch the initial tube: Fold the fabric in half longways right sides together, and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. For best results, press it flat first and pin it in place.


    Turn the scrunchie right side out: Turn the tube inside out, so the right side of the fabric is facing out. Tip: If you pin a safety pin to one end, you can use it to help guide the material through to the other end.



    Create a circle with the tube: Pin the two ends of the elastic together and stitch straight across with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving an opening. (Make sure the scrunchie isn’t twisted before sewing.)



    Finish your scrunchie: Your project should look almost finished! Seal the final opening by folding in the raw edges, so they are hidden. Stitch across the folds to create the final seam, sewing as close as possible to the edge.



    Bonus tip! To add a cute tie look to your scrunchie, cut a 4″ x 10″ piece of fabric, then fold in half lengthwise and trim off a 1″ diagonal piece on each end. Stitch around the sides with 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a small opening in the front to turn it inside out. Turn it inside out and then stitch the final opening closed with a small seam allowance. Then, tie this piece onto your scrunchie.

    Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping Institute
    Product Testing Analyst, Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab
    Emma Seymour is a test analyst in the Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab at The Good Housekeeping Institute where she evaluates fiber-based products ranging from bedding to clothing.

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    How to Crochet a Christmas Stocking for Beginners

    Great as a gift or to mount on your own mantel, this easy DIY monogrammed stocking comes together in less time than a holiday dinner. Learn the basics of how to crochet a Christmas stocking with this simple tutorial and pattern — you’ll discover it’s easy to crochet a stocking, even the tricky heel! DOWNLOAD THE PATTERNWhat You’ll Need:You can also use comparable yarns from Sugar Bush Chill, Loopy Mango Marino No. 5 and Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool. If you want to invest in more sizes of crochet hooks for just a few dollars more, try a full set of Soft Grip Crochet Hooks.How to Crochet a Stocking, Step by StepGLOSSARY: CH: Chain // ST: Stitch // SL ST: Slip Stitch // SC: Single Crochet // DC: Double CrochetRow 1: Create a magic circle. CH 2, then work 12 DC into the middle of the magic circle. SL ST to join to first stitch. (12 DC made)Row 2: CH 2, *DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next stitch* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. SL ST to first DC to join. (18)Row 3: CH2, *DC in next 2 STs, 2 DC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. SL ST to first DC. (24)Row 4: CH2, *DC in next 3 STs, 2 DC in next ST* repeat from *to* a total of 6 times. SL ST to first DC. (30)Rows 5-12: CH2, DC in next 30 STs. SL ST to first DC. (30)Row 13: CH2, DC in next 20 stitches. Leave last 10 stitches unworked. (20)Rows 14-20: CH2, turn, DC in next 20 stitches. At the end of row 20, SL ST to join heel together.Row 21: Chain 2. DC 12 stitches across heel, spacing the stitches evenly. Skip stitch in corner. One SC stitch where toe begins. DC 8 across top of toe. One SC. Skip stitch in corner. DC 12 across top of heel. SL ST to join. (34 stitches)Row 22: Chain 2. DC 12 across heel. Skip over the SC stitch from the previous row. DC 8 across top of toe. Skip the SC stitch. DC 12 across top of heel. SL ST to join. (32 stitches)Rows 23-38: Chain 2. DC around top (32). SL ST to join rows.Finishing: Chain to make a loop at your desired length. Tie to top corner of stocking. Weave in ends. Add a monogram or pom pom if desired.Download and print the full crochet stocking pattern to complete the project and deck out your home this holiday season.

    Mariana Tuma
    Mariana is the Design Director of Good Housekeeping.

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    'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Kathy Hilton Gives Us a Tour of Her Gorgeous Backyard

    Kathy Hilton loves to entertain, and considering that she lives in a spacious home in tony Bel Air, it’s no surprise that it often happens in her backyard. That’s why the entrepreneur and actress, who has four children, including Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, recently worked with Amazon and interior designer Mike Moser to revamp her outdoor oasis — in just under three weeks. Admitting that previously her backyard was beautiful but “one note” with wicker furniture, Hilton desired a more dynamic design scheme. Thanks to Amazon, she was able to source a range of chic furniture and accessories from several different collections to boost her outdoor space’s visual appeal. “I wanted to bring the indoors outdoors, because we really love to entertain, barbecue, play games outside, swim and play tennis,” Hilton told Good Housekeeping.

    “I’m really loving how the teak wood pops with the light stone flooring,” Hilton says of her backyard transformation.
    Kort Havens

    Leaning into her transitional design style, Hilton incorporated multiple seating arrangements to accommodate her large family and friends (her teak wood pieces as well as lounge chairs featuring a dark metal frame are among her favorites), along with elegant touches like pagoda umbrellas and lemon trees set in tall wicker baskets. “I’m still adding and layering,” she says.

    “It looks like it’s been collected and curated,” Hilton says. 
    Kort Havens

    Hilton relied on an assortment of tall planters to add texture and visual interest to her backyard. 
    Kort Havens

    One of Hilton’s favorite outdoor decorating tips? “I bring in color with pillows,” she says, noting that she changes them according to the season. “I’ll have a bohemian night with very colorful pillows with bright oranges and turquoise, or I could do a preppy look with stripes. It’s nice to just have really solid, simple and clean furniture, and then bring in color with your accessories.”

    The backyard, which Hilton crafted with the help of designer Mike Moser, has a cozy indoor feel.
    Kort Havens

    If you’re ready to upgrade your own outdoor area, browse Kathy Hilton’s Amazon storefront or see below for some of her favorites from the retailer.

    Shop Kathy Hilton’s Backyard Essentials on Amazon

    Acacia Wood Dining Chair Set

    Christopher Knight Home


    Cabana Stripe Beach Towels

    Amazon Basics


    Indoor Outdoor Sunbrella Lumbar Pillows



    Wicker Storage Basket

    Household Essentials


    Archer Outdoor Steel Coffee Table

    Ravenna Home


    Faux Wood Stump Stool Accent Table

    Ball & Cast


    Sunbrella Aluminum Patio Umbrella



    Montclair Grey and Beige 5-Piece Outdoor Dining Set



    Monique Valeris
    Senior Home Editor, Good Housekeeping
    Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers decorating ideas, home tours, gift guides and more.

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    How to Find Your Style + Favorite Design Books (Video)

    While I love finding style inspiration in the online community, one of my FAVORITE ways to expand and grow more confident in my own style is to study the images of beautiful homes in design books. Holding a book in hand, turning the pages at a leisurely pace is the best! It’s a return to the past, something I learned to enjoy back in the days before we had so much (too much?) inspiration at our fingertips. I love the slower pace of savoring books. I find I appreciate the details so much more than quickly scrolling past thousands of teeny squares.
    My daughter Courtney and I recently did a LIVE video going through some of my favorite design books and talking about why we love them (you can watch the replay HERE).
    I even like to look at books that I don’t think are necessarily “exactly my style” because they inspire me to think outside of the box! It’s easy to get in a rut or stuck looking only at what is current and trendy online. I find books are wonderful for expanding my point of view, learning about classic design elements and getting inspired by other color palettes, furnishings and architecture around the country and world, too.

    Each time I move to a new home I get excited all over again to bring out my books (and add to my book collection) for inspiration! While my general style and sensibilities and things I love tend to go with me, each home offers new opportunities to mix things up and have fun with style. I love to blend my preferences with the home’s unique features and atmosphere to create a new look, one that feels fresh and yet makes me feel at home wherever I am. Beautiful design books are definitely helpful to me in the process!
    If you’d like to watch the replay of our LIVE video on “finding your design style” and see some of our favorite coffee table books, you can watch it here.

    Here are some questions you could use as a guide to help you learn as you’re studying and getting inspired by design books!

    How would you describe this style?
    What is the mood of the room? Why does the mood inspire you?
    Describe the personality of people who might live in a room like this. Would their lifestyle resonate with you and your family?
    What are the main things you see when you first look at the room?
    What are some subtle features that you notice when you look more closely? Be sure to notice things like the shapes, the textures, the colors, the proportions, patterns…
    What role does the architecture play in this room? Do you have similar architecture or would you be able to add something similar in your home?
    Do you like the color palette? What if this same room had a different palette, would you like it better?
    Look at the art and accessories. Also notice their placement. What do you like or not like about them?
    What are some simple ideas you could take away from this inspiration room?

    Click HERE to watch the replay of our live video (how to find your style and favorite design books)!
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    A Place to Call Home
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    The Rise of the Cleanfluencer

    Meet the Cleanfluencers

    Brandon Pleshek

    Melissa Maker

    Jessica Tull

    In March 2020, Brandon Pleshek’s family’s cleaning business, Pioneer Professional Carpet Care, was forced to temporarily close its doors — the first time in 40 years — due to Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order. The carpet care and corporate cleaning business was at a standstill for nearly three months, so naturally, Brandon, who describes himself as a “third generation janitor and clean freak,” turned to TikTok for entertainment — and a potential business opportunity. He set up his own profile, aptly named “CleanThatUp,” and started posting older videos that had been used in the past to promote his family’s business. It didn’t take long to work through his entire catalogue, so he started filming new TikToks on his iPhone — sometimes a time-lapse as he cleaned a rug riddled with pet stains, other times a short and simple tip on how to clean a dishwasher filter. The number of views and comments multiplied by the day and to date, he’s racked up 1.1 million followers and 22 million likes.

    Melissa Maker, founder of Clean My Space, started her YouTube channel in 2011, years before TikTok even existed. Shortly after starting her Toronto-based housekeeping service, her husband Chad convinced her to post how-to cleaning videos online as a way to introduce their business to a wider audience. “I remember him saying, ‘It would help get our name out there and who knows, maybe it’ll become something.’ I was incredulous, thinking, who would ever go and watch us clean,” she tells Good Housekeeping. Chad was onto something — and within a few years, their videos were reaching thousands of people around the world and turning a sizable profit.And while Melissa relies on the basics of cleaning rather than the shock and awe of gross-to-gorgeous transformations, she’s found that her 1.79 million subscribers return to her channel because they trust that she’s “not ever going to tell them to do something that isn’t necessary.” Her videos, while longer than Brandon’s 30 or 60-second TikToks, are relatively short, sweet and to the point, often ending right around the 10-minute mark. There are standard how-tos (“How to Clean a Mattress” has just over 14 million views), product-focused guides (“7 Cool Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide”) and more than 500 other videos that aim “to help you clean, declutter, organize and simplify your life.”

    Meanwhile, Jessica Tull has paved her own path — one that many other people (parents, especially) can relate to. She initially started her YouTube channel four years ago as a way to supplement her income as a single mom of three; now, she pulls in six figures annually by posting a mix of cleaning videos, cooking hacks and follow-me-around vlogs. Her “Clean With Me” videos took off and to this day, remain her most-viewed videos on her channel, which currently has 524,000 subscribers. She doesn’t claim to be an expert (“I’m just a mom who has to clean her house like everybody else,” she says), but her everyday approach to cleaning is what draws viewers in. She’s not concerned with educating her subscribers, but instead allows them to follow her around as she tackles the mess in her own space.

    Brandon, Melissa and Jessica are three of today’s biggest “cleanfleuncers” (a.k.a cleaning influencers). Once reserved for a tiny corner of the Internet, cleanfluencers have earned a bigger spotlight in recent years — and as a result, millions can’t get enough of the soul-soothing effect that their videos have on them. Netflix shows like Get Organized with The Home Edit and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo may set the foundation for a rise in cleaning content, but cleanfluencers are the ones tapping into the nitty gritty of the mundane, something far more achievable than what’s shown on TV. The concept isn’t new by any means — Carolyn Forte, our own director of the Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute has been influencing millions of readers for decades, for example — but TikTok, YouTube and Instagram have collectively given these experts (some trained, others self-proclaimed) a way to take to their talents beyond their own four walls. This became especially evident during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Confined to their homes, many people turned to social media to cure their quarantine boredom and subsequently, search for answers to their top cleaning questions — or at the very least, relish in the joy of watching someone else do the dirty work. Searches for common keywords like “cleaning,” “laundry” and “how to clean” skyrocketed in mid-2020, according to Google Trends — and the numbers on social media reflected this newfound interest in cleaning. The #CleanTok hashtag on TikTok, which covers everything from ASMR-friendly fridge restocks to top-to-bottom room organization makeovers, has surpassed 23 billion views in the last year. On YouTube, “Clean With Me” videos dominate the Trending page each week, earning creators, like Alexandra Beuter, 60,000 views in just five days. In between the tips, tricks and time-lapses, viewers find a sense of comfort. For some, the before-and-after transformations, often set to serene music, put their mind at ease; for others, the idea that strangers — experts, no less — are also subject to dirt and grime provides relief. “It’s a relief to know that even cleaning experts like Melissa Maker sometimes encounter UDOs (unidentified disgusting objects) at home,” someone commented on Melissa’s video titled, “Cleaning the Dirtiest Areas in My House.”

    Jessica knows that people come to her channel to feel seen, not just to see how someone else lives.“People like to see a messy house. They can count on me to show exactly what my home looks like with no shame,” she explains. To ensure that she keeps things as real as possible, she never plans her filming days ahead of time; when she needs a video, she sets up her camera, presses record and cleans for five to eight hours straight. She’ll keep all the highlights in — the t-shirt stains, unmade beds, crumb-filled countertops and guest appearances from her kids — but later, edit the video down until it’s at a more digestible length, somewhere around 30 to 40 minutes.The same goes for Melissa. At some point, she noticed that other creators were showing their spaces polished to perfection, leading her to forge ahead with her what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach. “So much content that’s available online is aspirational. We don’t want people to feel like they aspire to me — because also on my best day, my house is still a mess. We just want to put the tools out there to help them when they need it.”

    Of course, social media is constantly changing — and so are the wants and needs of cleanfluencers. Videos will always be the heart of what they do, but now, many are looking for other ways to grow their business. Jessica, who recently locked in her longest-running brand partnership to date with Affresh, hopes that one day you’ll see her on your TV screen, hosting her own talk show. As for Melissa, she’s working on expanding her microfiber-focused product line, Maker’s Clean. (FYI, the Maker’s Mop won a Good Housekeeping Cleaning Award earlier this year.)Brandon, who first started making TikToks as “a fun distraction,” says his TikTok account is on track to become even bigger than his family’s business — at least, financially. While he does earn some money through TikTok’s Creator Fund, it’s become too unpredictable to rely on for a steady income. (“It’s kind of like surfing. You paddle out there, wait for the wave, hit the wave, watch it crash and turn around to do it all again. But sometimes, you don’t even hit a wave in the first place.”) Instead, he takes a more proactive approach by reaching out to brands he already uses, including Scrub Daddy and Hoover, for sponsorship opportunities. “Cleaning is very product-based, so it’s natural to include them in videos, especially if they are the same brands that my family has been using for decades,” he explains. While Brandon wouldn’t disclose exactly how much he’s earned from brand partnerships, he coyly suggested that it’s “more money” than he ever “thought possible.”

    Looking ahead, he plans to produce long-form videos on YouTube in tandem with TikToks. But even as he inches his way closer to being a full-time content creator (“That’s the goal right now”), he’ll continue to use his platform and years of expertise to help his local community keep clean (or even travel to his virtual viewers’ homes once it’s safer to do so). “It’s really opened up a door for myself and my family to understand that our cleaning techniques can really make an impact with people beyond our local community,” he tells Good Housekeeping.And for the skeptics who think that the trend of watching other people clean their homes will soon pass, Brandon offers an important reminder: “Dust doesn’t sleep, and dirt and grime is here to stay, so I don’t think we’ll ever run out of content.”

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    Associate Lifestyle Editor
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    How to Clean an Instant Pot to Make It Look Brand New

    You already know how useful an Instant Pot is – this multi-use cooker works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and more, to help you make delicious meals quickly. While pressure-cooking, it speeds up the cooking process, letting you have meals ready in a fraction of the time it usually takes, and as a slow cooker, well, just think of a great stew or sauce, gently cooking for hours and melding the mouth-watering flavors together (perhaps you’ve used Good Housekeeping’s Instant Pot Cookbook to create some of your family’s favorite meals).After every use, your Instant Pot and its lid must be cleaned to keep it at its best and functioning properly. In spite of the number of little parts the lid has, cleaning this cooker is a lot easier and quicker than you think (almost all the parts are dishwasher safe!), and the pros in the Cleaning Lab and Kitchen Appliances Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute have put together some handy tips to help you clean your multi-use cooker, whether it’s an Instant Pot or another brand. Before you start: Turn off and unplug the Instant Pot, and pull out the inner cooking pot. Always allow it to fully cool before cleaning and never immerse the base and heating element in water or place it in the dishwasher.What you’ll need:Degreasing dish soap, like Good Housekeeping Seal star DawnSoft-bristled bottle brush, like Casabella’sSoft cloth, like Skura’s Reusable Microfiber Wipes, or paper towel, like BountyWhite vinegar

    How to Clean Your Instant Pot 1. Clean the inner cooking potThe inner cooking pot is usually dishwasher safe, whether it’s stainless steel or has a nonstick finish. Place it upside down in the dishwasher on the bottom rack to clean. If using a dishwasher is not an option, wash it in hot soapy water, using a good degreasing dish detergent and a soft-bristled bottle brush to protect the finish, then rinse well and dry.To remove burned-on food residue in the stainless steel pot, soak it in hot soapy water, and give it an extra scrub with a delicate non-scratch scrub pad. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, or steel wool, which can scratch and damage the finish.If the inside of the pot has discolored from minerals or salt in the food, to remove the blueish tinge, cover the bottom of the pot with white vinegar and leave it for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly and dry.2. Remove and wash the parts from your lid Remove the parts from the exterior of the lid – depending on the model of your Instant Pot, these can include the steam release cover (lift it straight up) and the steam release valve (it also lifts straight up). Some models also have a Quick Cool cover, which easily unclips.Next, remove the small parts from the interior of the lid – these can include the anti-block shield (a metal cap which covers the steam release pipe) and the silicone cap covering the float valve. Gently push the anti-block shield towards the outer edge of the lid and lift it straight up, pop off the little silicone cap, and slide out the float valve. All the small parts are dishwasher safe but we like to use an old soft toothbrush to clean them in warm soapy water. Rinse well and air dry.

    3. Wash the lidWhile the parts are still removed, scrub down the lid. If the lid is dishwasher-safe according to the manufacturer, place it right side up on the top rack. But you might prefer to hand wash it (we do!) using a soft bristled brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Rinse it well to remove the soap and any food particles. To fully drain the lid, hold it vertically over the sink and turn it like a steering wheel, all the way around. After cleaning, store the lid upside down on the cooker base, to air it thoroughly and prevent any odor build-up. When all the parts are dry, reinstall them (don’t forget the float valve’s tiny silicone cap!).4. Clean the sealing ringRemove the silicone sealing ring from inside the lid by following the manufacturer’s instructions; hand wash it in hot soapy water or place it on the top rack of the dishwasher to clean. Replace the sealing ring and be sure it is properly situated in the sealing ring rack, flat against the lid.To eliminate odors from the sealing ring, we like the solution Instant Pot suggests in its user manual: after cleaning the Instant Pot (and with all the parts correctly reinstalled on the lid, including the sealing ring), add one cup of water and one cup of white vinegar to the removable inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Close and seal the lid, and run the Pressure Cook cycle for about five minutes. Release the pressure and, when safe, open the lid. Remove the silicone sealing ring gasket from the lid, empty the vinegar mix from the cooking pot, and rinse the lid, sealing ring, and inner cooking pot in warm water, then dry. Replace the sealing ring in the lid. GH Lab Tip: The sealing ring is a critical part in your Instant Pot, so inspect it carefully while you dry it and replace it if it shows cracks or any other damage. Our pros like to keep two on hand.5. Clean the Instant Pot condensation collector and accessoriesIf your Instant Pot has a condensation collector accessory at the rear of the cooker base, empty and rinse it after every use. To clean it, it is dishwasher safe (on the top rack), or wash it by hand in warm soapy water, rinse well and air dry. Wash the steam rack and any other additional tools that came with your Instant Pot either in the dishwasher or hand wash them in hot soapy water, then rinse them well.6. Clean the Instant Pot base and heating element Wipe out the inside of the cooker base with a soft damp cloth. Don’t let the base get wet – it is not dishwasher safe! Use an old soft toothbrush to clean any residue from the rim and the groove the lid sits in; wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Allow it to air dry. Clean the exterior and control panel with a soft barely-damp cloth. Wipe down the power cord too.

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