This Week, Clean Your Stove


Welcome. We started At Home to help readers lead a full and cultured life during the pandemic, featuring great reads and helpful advice alongside recommendations for things to do and watch and listen to and see.

Four months into the experiment, we see a hunger, as well, for direction. One reader wrote recently to ask if we might suggest to her, forcefully, that she clean her oven, her washing machine. She wanted, she wrote, “something along the lines of ‘At Home: This Week Clean This.’”

It’s too hot for oven cleaning, though, in most parts of the country, and not everyone has a washing machine. (If you do, just run it with no clothes at its hottest water setting, with bleach. Easy win.)

No, this weekend, you should clean your stove. Take the grates off if your stove has grates, and get them soaking in warm, soapy water. Make a paste out of baking soda and water to scrub the stovetop — don’t use anything abrasive. Get all the gunge off everything with elbow grease and time. Wipe down the front of the stove with all-purpose cleaner. Clean up the grates and dry them. Put everything back together. The gleaming result is its own satisfaction.

  • Travel looks a lot different in 2020 than it has at any point in the recent past. That has people asking a lot of questions about what they should and shouldn’t do. We can help you figure out if you should be flying, driving, or traveling at all right now.

  • Everyone wants what’s best for their kids’ education. But who gets to decide what’s best for everyone? “Nice White Parents,” our new podcast from Serial, tries to find out.

  • And if working from home isn’t working for you, that may be your company’s fault and not yours. We asked experts for some tips on how to thrive if you’re going to be doing this for a while.

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