Do you have a smelly washer? I do! I have an HE washer and dryer that I LOVE however I have been disappointed that my washer smells 🙁 Once a month I either add bleach or white vinegar to the cycle and it helps for a week but the odor always returns. I was very excited when I was asked to review Whirlpool's new product called affresh.
Affresh was developed to help with odor-causing residue that can accumulate in all brand of high-efficiency (HE) washers and even traditional top-loading washing machines. Affresh washer cleaning kit is designed to help clean and prevent residue build up, which is what causes you to have a smelly washer. The kit combines commonly used cleaning agents with special ingredients that, when used as a part of a normal maintenance program, can help prevent formation of residue that can build up.
The kit includes 3 Power-Puck tablets and six Grit Grabber cloths. The cost is $10.99 and depending on the condition of your washer you may be able to use 1 Power-Puck and 2 Grit Grabber cloths or up to all 3 tablets and 6 cloths on the first use.
Whirlpool suggest a monthly maintenance and cleaning routine in order to keep your washer smelling good and operating at highest efficiency. If used just once a month, the affresh washer cleaning kit can help prevent odor-causing residue from accumulating. I gave affresh a try on my smelly washer and I was in SHOCK by the amount of "gunk" that the affresh kit removed. I had to use all 3 Power-Puck tablets and 6 Grit Grabber cloths in order to remove all of the smell and residue. I was amazed first of all by how much residue was there and by how much better my washer smells now. I do want to add that I suggest wearing rubber gloves when you use the Grit Grabber clothes because they are a little abrasive and in order to really remove the residue your hands are going to get DIRTY! The true test will be to see how long the fresh smell lasts! I am going to post a follow up to this review in a month or two.
Affresh Kits are available nationwide including Sears, Best Buy, Lowes, Kroger and Food Lion as well as supermarkets and at www.affresh.com. There was a coupon for $1 off 1 Affresh Washer Cleaning Tablets or Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaning Tablets, or Washer Cleaning Kit in the 6/20/10 SmartSource.
Disclosure: I was provided this product for free to review however all opinions are 100% my own.