Ayn-Monique Klahre

Ayn-Monique is a lifestyle editor and writer who's worked for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, FamilyFun and more. She loves lattes, jogging and hanging out at the playground with her husband and daughters.
15 Fun and Practical Amazon Finds That Make Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts (All Under $50!)
These unexpected Mother's Day gifts will surprise and delight.
Apr 13, 2023
The Problem with Frost-Free Freezers
Before you trade your old freezer for a new frost-free one, here's what you should know.
Aug 2, 2022
8 Things to Never Do When Washing Dishes by Hand
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Keep these things in mind this Thanksgiving.
Dec 1, 2021
5 Clever Ways to Use a Dish Rack (Beyond Using It to Air-Dry Your Dishes)
Get better results from your dishwasher! Organize your toddler's dinnerware! And more!
Sep 11, 2021
4 Things You Should Never Clean with Baking Soda
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
From scrubbing pots to deep-cleaning appliances, baking soda has so many uses when it comes to cleaning that it's tempting to think you can use it on everything.
Aug 27, 2021
6 Smart Ways to Organize All Those Cookie Sheets You’ve Managed to Collect
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Including a storage solution that's super popular among chefs!
Aug 8, 2021
7 Super-Smart Ways to Organize All Those Cooking Utensils
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
For all those spoons, spatulas, whisks, and more!
Aug 7, 2021
7 Things You Should Never Do with Dish Soap
It cuts right through grease and makes things squeaky-clean. Just don't use it in any of these seven ways!
Jul 1, 2021
This Brilliant Hack Fixes the Only Problem of Owning a Stand Mixer
Tips from The Kitchn
Hint: It helps hide that ugly cord!
Jun 8, 2021
5 Things to Know About Ants in the Kitchen
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Unfortunately, DIY ant repellant isn't likely to work.
May 18, 2021
The Best $30 You Can Spend on Your Kitchen Right Now
Tips from The Kitchn
Hint: Your grandmother probably swears by it.
May 8, 2021
How To Build a Diagonal Drawer Organizer
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Why buy one when you can make a custom one yourself?
Apr 21, 2021
The Single Best Thing You Can Do to Keep Your Kitchen Trash Can from Stinking
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
It's SUPER easy!
Apr 14, 2021
The Best Dishwashing Gloves for Less than $7 per Pair
Because we firmly believe that gloves are a must-have when you're washing dishes.
Apr 12, 2021
The 5 Best Hacks Every Stand Mixer Owner Should Know
Here's how to make the most of your most coveted small appliance.
Mar 17, 2021
10 Things to Get Rid of Before the New Year
Mustard packets, old ice, and Thanksgiving leftovers? You definitely don't need those in 2021.
Dec 30, 2020
The 8 Best Stocking Stuffers to Get at Costco
When you're standing in the middle of an aisle filled with five-gallon jars of mayo, it seems hard to believe that Costco has stuff that's small enough to fit into a stocking.
Dec 17, 2020
10 Things to Know About Your New Cast Iron Skillet
Tips from The Kitchn
This could clear some things up for non-newbies as well!
Dec 15, 2020
4 Things You Should Never Clean with Baking Soda
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
From scrubbing pots to deep-cleaning appliances, baking soda has so many uses when it comes to cleaning that it's tempting to think you can use it on everything.
Nov 24, 2020
What Is Rinse Aid and Should You Be Using It?
If you have spotty dishes that don't get completely dry, the answer may be yes.
Nov 16, 2020
6 Brilliant Ways to Organize All Your Canned Goods
Organizing Tips from The Kitchn
Get all those chickpeas and French cut green beans in order.
Nov 13, 2020
5 Little 5-Minute Things to Do for Yourself During the Holidays
Getting food on the table to satisfy all your picky family members isn't easy. What is easy: forgetting to take care of you! Here's how NOT to make that mistake!
Nov 6, 2020
These Are the Very Best Fish Sticks You Can Get at the Grocery Store
Frozen fish sticks don't have to be sad, soggy, or bland.
Jul 29, 2020
How to Clean a Burnt Pot: 5 Easy Ways That Work
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
A ball of crumpled-up aluminum foil to the rescue!
Jun 12, 2020
The Biggest Issues You Have with Your Dishwasher (and How to Fix Them)
When was the last time you opened your dishwasher to discover clean, dry, spot-free dishes? We hear you! Dishwashers are not perfect. There’s almost always some issue — like cloudy glasses or stuck-on food. That’s why we reached out to the American Cleaning Institute to talk about the biggest dishwasher issues — and how to fix them. Here are the biggest issues they called out. And their advice on how to correct them for your next load.
Dec 28, 2018
The $6 Pantry Staple That Will Make Shoveling Snow Easier
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the snow isn’t too bad. Last year we got a “big” snowfall — six inches! — and the whole town went crazy. The kids had three days off from school, and parents and children alike were running around, all kinds of giddy. After being in New York for more than a decade, my response was a little more tempered — especially because it was the first time I had my own sidewalk to shovel.
Dec 27, 2018
The Most Ridiculous Things to Do with Your Toaster, According to the Internet
As a parent of carb-loving kids, the toaster is one of my most-used small appliances. I use it to heat up all manner of frozen breakfast items, from regular toast and bagels to frozen waffles, French toast sticks, and more. But, according to the internet, I’ve yet to realize the true powers of this trusty device. Here are five ridiculous (and amazing) things you can do with your toaster.
Dec 27, 2018
The 10 Best Holiday Gifts to Pick Up at Costco — For $50 or Less
These practical finds are all under $50.
Dec 21, 2018
3 of the Biggest Trends You’ll See in Kitchens in 2019, According to Etsy
When it comes to kitchen decor, some things never really go out of style. (We don’t see the modern farmhouse look going anywhere anytime soon, for example.) Other things, however, have a slightly shorter shelf life. (We’re talking about you, cacti, pineapples, and flamingos!) To find out what’s hot for 2019, we reached out to Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s trend expert. She and her team crunched the data to reveal the three trends you’ll definitely be seeing next year.
Dec 6, 2018
5 Things You Should Never Clean with Paper Towels
Just because something is convenient doesn't mean it's the best tool for the job.
Dec 5, 2018
5 Things to Know About Dealing with Ladybugs in the Kitchen
Ladybugs are cute, right? My daughters and I love them — when they’re outside, that is. But last fall, I experienced a bizarre phenomenon: a minor ladybug infestation in my kitchen! I was a little weirded out by how many there were (maybe a dozen) and the fact that I kept discovering them for months. I was worried they might spread disease or eat through the pantry, so I decided to take my ladybug quandary to the pros.
Nov 27, 2018
The 10 Best Pantry Hacks on Pinterest for Organizing Your Costco Haul
We all know and love Costco for its amazing deals on all of the pantry items (like seriously, all of them). But what do you do when you get home and you realize those bulk items don’t exactly fit in your pantry? We turned to Pinterest to find the smartest hacks for organizing your Costco haul. You’ll just need a few common items — some of which you probably have on hand already.
Nov 26, 2018
The Gross Reason I Won’t Bring My Cell Phone into My Kitchen
If you’ve ever scrolled through Facebook, checked emails, or searched for the perfect playlist on your phone will sitting down at dinner, please, please stop. Beyond being just a little bit rude to your partner or your kids, it’s straight-up unhygienic. Think about it: You carry that phone with you all day long, and handle it without thinking after you touch a subway pole, pull cash out of your pocket for coffee, or pull open the door to the bathroom.
Nov 25, 2018
This Brilliant Hack Adds a Shelf’s Worth of Space to Your Fridge
Thanksgiving is a lot of full-ness — a house full of family and friends, full tummies (eventually), and oh-so-full refrigerators.
Nov 21, 2018
7 Things You Didn’t Know About Costco’s Wine
One of my favorite aisles to browse at Costco is in, you guessed it, the wine section. I’m a value-oriented wine shopper (please don’t call me cheap), so I tend to skip right past the fancy-looking wooden crates of wine priced at more than $20 and head to the shelves, which are typically loaded with more affordable wines.
Nov 20, 2018
The Surprising, Easy Way to Support Our Troops
Just as there are extreme couponers, there are extremely bad couponers. These are people (like me) who get excited about coupons, clip them out, carry them around for a while or put them in a pile and promptly … don’t think about them again until way after the expiration date. Bummer!
Nov 20, 2018