EDITOR’S NOTE

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Ibought my very first wash­ing ma­chine 25 years ago, when I moved into my tiny new home with the man who was to be­come my hus­band. Two things struck me at the time: How grown up am I to fi­nally own a wash­ing ma­chine? And how fab­u­lous that there’s a mag­a­zine that’s tested ev­ery­thing for me! Since then, I’ve bought sev­eral wash­ing ma­chines and used Good House­keep­ing to get the best deal. I’ve also pro­duced three chil­dren, now grown them­selves, and my el­dest has just moved into his first home, bought a wash­ing ma­chine and said the same thing!

All of which is a com­pli­cated way of say­ing how very happy and proud I am to have been given the chance to edit this amaz­ing in­sti­tu­tion. Good House­keep­ing (and its beat­ing heart, the Good House­keep­ing In­sti­tute) has been here for my gen­er­a­tion, my mum’s and my chil­dren’s – and that’s just its re­cent his­tory.

Good House­keep­ing has sur­vived war, sex­ual revo­lu­tion, the emer­gence of fe­male power and even 1970s fash­ion, and it has fallen to me to steer it safely on. No pres­sure then!

Our pre­vi­ous editor, Lind­say Ni­chol­son, be­came GH’S editor in 1998 and took it to be­come the UK’S best­selling life­style mag­a­zine. A bril­liant jour­nal­ist and a good friend, she in­stilled in me the im­por­tance of the great trust our read­ers have for this mag­a­zine. Ev­ery recipe must be Triple Tested, no claim left un­chal­lenged.

So that is my prom­ise to you. Along­side our fab­u­lous GH writ­ers – ex­perts in fash­ion, beauty, money and con­sumer rights, in health and homes and food and travel – I will never for­get the her­itage of this amaz­ing mag­a­zine.

I’d love to hear from you as we em­bark on this jour­ney to­gether. What would you like to see more of? Is there an area that should be Tried & Tested that we are miss­ing?

I asked for my editor’s pic­ture to be taken in the GHI, be­cause I be­lieve that’s our unique area of ex­per­tise – where we can re­ally truly help you save time and money. I’m plan­ning lots more test­ing by the GHI but, in the mean­time and rather fit­tingly, this month our ex­perts have tested wash­ing ma­chines… (see page 157)

Michelle Hather EX­EC­U­TIVE EDITOR Michelle@good­house­keep­ing.co.uk

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