Friday, August 21, 2009
And I earn it.
Laundry for 10 People simply defies the Western mind. Thankfully, I'm responsible for Laundry for 10 People in 2009, not Laundry for 10 People in Pioneer Times.
No wonder the women look so grumpy in those old sepia pictures.
But I digress.
As a Laundry Authority, I was interested to try out a new product called Smelly Washer. I must admit, my washing machine from time to time is a bit, um, fragrant. I've particularly noticed this phenomenon since I went from my old top loading machine to my front loading Whirlpool Duet.
Not that I'm bad mouthing my Whirlpool Duet.
I have a serious love affair going on with that modern appliance. And I love it deeply.
Back to the funk.
Occasionally I do catch a whiff of something, so when I was contacted by Smelly Washer to give their product a whirl, I was game. The product is a powder that you allow to soak overnight in the drum of the washer. I didn't find the instructions to be specific as to how to clean a front-loading machine, since they do operate a little differently, so I improvised.
After a good soak, my machine did smell quite a bit better. But I did find that I needed to wipe down the rubber sleeve that seals the door. The residue that gathers there needs to be mucked out manually. After the overnight Smelly Washer soak and my follow-up detailing, my machine was fresh and clean.
So I decided to take it one more.
As you know, we hit the beach early last week. I'm sure it was on purpose, for the purpose of testing this product, that I left some, ah, damp beach towels in the back of the van to bake and moulder for 24 hours in 100 degree heat. Yeah, that's it...I did it all in the name of science.
Nothing creates quite the fragrance of Gulf water trapped in terry cloth super heated. It's a unique recipe.
Needless to say, I thought this could really put Smelly Washer to the test, as it is also intended to be used as a laundry freshener.
I crammed my moldy beach towels in the washer, added a capful of Smelly Washer and backed out of the laundry room slowly, once again drawing breath once I was far from the reaches of my seashore potpourri.
45 minutes later, everything was fresh and clean.
That was the acid test to me...or should I say, salt water test?
So I was overall very pleased with my experience with Smelly Washer. While I did need to detail my machine a bit more after a soak, my Whirlpool Duet washer is sparkly inside. And my beach towels were definitely rescued from a future in a landfill.
And those folks at Smelly Washer have offered to let me give away a bottle to one of you. So let's go over the rules.
Leave a comment to enter. Tweet, FB, post and receive another entry for each mention. I'll declare a winner next Friday morning.
And I might even bestow an honorary Laundry Authority title to one lucky girl....