Washing machine odor is such a common problem, I think lots of people will read this post. There are probably as many answers as there are owners of front-loading washers! But here is a website that I highly recommend for answers to this problem as well as a host of other common household issues….One Good Thing By Jillie! Here is her suggestion:
I have been a member of the sales team at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years, so I have talked with a lot of people about washing machines. I have to say that in spite of many comments about smelly washers, the benefits of a front-loading washer far outweigh any maintenance issues….not the least of which is saving an enormous amount of money on water, energy, and detergent! (and we have not even factored in the savings from clothes that last longer due to a more gentle wash).
If you are curious about high-efficiency washers, front-loading or top-loading, I hope you will visit A-1 Appliance for answers to your questions. I guarantee, there is a washing machine that is right for YOU! Let us help you select the right one!
If you have shopped recently for a new washer/dryer, you may have noticed that many machines are now featuring a “sanitize cycle.” If you have wondered about the benefits of such a cycle, here is some information from e-how:
“What Is the Sanitize Cycle on My Washing Machine?
The sanitize cycle on your washing machine is designed to get rid of, or at least reduce, the amount of microorganisms — such as germs and bacteria — on clothing. This cycle prevents these microorganisms from contaminating subsequent loads of laundry. Although not everyone needs their laundry sanitized, there are some circumstances in which the sanitizing cycle can be very important. Does this Spark an idea?
That freshly dried load of laundry you just took out of the dryer may not be as clean as you think. Germs and other unpleasant things — such as fecal matter — can linger in washing machines and on clothing even after you do a load of laundry. Although bleach and hot water can both kill organisms such as E. coli and salmonella, not everyone uses bleach when doing laundry, and many people wash all their clothing in cold water rather than wasting money on hot water. In addition, standard dryers don’t usually reach high enough temperatures to effectively kill these microorganisms.
How it Works
Sanitizing washers use steam or water to kill microorganisms that may be on your clothing or linens. During the cycle, steam or water is heated to a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to destroy these little pests. Not only does the process kill germs and harmful microorganisms, but it also freshens up the scent of your laundry, because it kills odor-causing bacteria as well.
NSF International is an independent company that tests consumer products to evaluate their safety and effectiveness for the general public. The company tests washers with a sanitizing cycle to see how effective they are in actually killing the microorganisms. Washers that kill 99.9 percent of the microorganisms are awarded the NSF seal of approval. Whirlpool was the first brand to win this award. If you are shopping for a sanitizing washer, it’s a good idea to look for one with the NSF mark.
Sanitization Cycle Uses
Sanitization of laundry is not of the utmost priority for everyone. It can, however, be very beneficial to people in certain situations. Health care workers, for example, will greatly benefit from being able to sanitize their clothing. Mothers who choose to use washable cloth diapers may also find the cycle useful and time-saving. People who work with animals can use the cycle to reduce odors, and mothers of teenage boys might select that cycle for the same reason when they wash their sons’ socks.”
I’ll bet the title of this blog made you curious about the content! I hope it plays well on twitter, facebook, linkedin, G+, etc. Sometimes headlines get a lot of attention. Please share it…..(I’m told that just asking your readers to “share” gets a very high percentage of “shares,” so I’m curious to see if it’s true!
So, now to the “content” part of this blog post. I sell washers and dryers. Keep reading….it does get interesting!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you know that Stainless Steel appliances are incredibly popular. Virtually every day someone comes in to the A-1 Appliance showroom and asks me if we have any washers and dryers in Stainless Steel. …..we have not…..UNTIL NOW!!!!
Introducing the new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer in ….wait for it…. drum roll…..STAINLESS STEEL! How do I describe them? Incredible! HEAVY! (good thing we have big guys on our delivery team!) New Features! Stands out in a crowd….DEFINITELY! You really should come by and see this awesome set! This isn’t painted silver….it’s the real deal!
Let’s visit the Whirlpool website for some more great information:
And best of all….These machines are designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A. But wait….there’s MORE! This set is on sale RIGHT NOW!
Thank you for reading this far along in my blog post. I have to say that there is way too much information about these new machines to share in a blog post. If you are reading this and live in the greater Nashville area, please stop by the AMAZING A-1 Appliance Showroom and let me show you in person.
Should you be concerned about a water shortage in America? Absolutely! You may have personally experienced a severe drought in recent years, with water rationing in your city! As our population continues to grow, the problem will only get worse.
So what can you do to reduce your use of water? I would like to suggest that you consider replacing your old washing machine with a high-efficiency top loading washer or a front-loading washer. For example, you can see the Maytag Bravos washer at A-1 Appliance http://www.a1appliance.com
Select washers with the PowerWash™ system offer the Best Cleaning in the industry*
ENERGY STAR® qualified & HE washers can use up to 70% less water & 66% less energy**
Save over $3,000 in lifetime water & energy costs with a Bravos XL™ laundry pair.***
Medium to extra large capacities
Low-profile impeller is powerful for deep cleaning and more gentle than an agitator
Includes the Bravos X™, Bravos XL™, and Centennial™ HE laundry pairs
Here is a great example of a front-loading washer by Electrolux that you can see at A-1 Appliance:
4.3 CU. FT. FRONT LOAD WASHER WITH IQ-TOUCH™ CONTROLS FEATURING PERFECT STEAM™
Our front-load washer offers exclusive technology that gets your clothes the cleanest.
Fastest Wash Time²
15 minutes to wash.
ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient Rated ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient, our washers are eco-friendly: up to 161% more energy-efficient³ and use 66% less water4.
Sure-2-Fit® Capacity Washer
Wash more in one load with our large capacity washer.
ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient Recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR® in 2012.
“Add Steam” Option
Perfect Steam™ Washer
Add steam to select wash cycles to gently deep clean clothes for better stain removal and fewer wrinkles. The “Add Steam” option can be used with select cycles like Normal, Whites and Fast.
Gentle on the environment and your clothes. Washers are 75% more energy efficient5 and use 56% less water.6
Perfect Balance® System
No other washer has less vibration.7 State-of-the-art technology keeps even oversized wash loads balanced for smooth, quiet operation. Perfect for installation upstairs – even near bedrooms.
“My Favorite” Setting
A setting you can customize to meet your needs, so the option you want is available at the touch of a button.
Platinum® Star Warranty
Guaranteed performance provides peace of mind and service from our national network of authorized independent service professionals.
Still not sure water is a problem? Continue reading below for some startling statistics!
Americans care very little about water, because for most of our history water has been abundant and good. But problems with infrastructure and supply are growing. Globally, the water crisis is much worse.We are fast approaching a world in which the most hotly-contested resource for development and survival is not oil, but water.This is also why investors have become crazy about it, pouring huge money into water rights, desalinization, and purification projects.
Transporting water is impractical, even within the U.S. Just look at the cost of bottled water.
A few exceptions to the economic limits on transporting water exist. Bottled water, for example, is sometimes consumed vast distances from where it was produced because it commands a premium far above normal costs. Growth in bottled water consumption may expand in some markets, but overall, long-distance transfers of bulk water are not likely to become a significant export in commercial markets.
“A shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future. Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon.” — Ban Ki-Moon
It begins this way with many of our customers. As you first walk into the A-1 showroom and kitchen gallery you are greeted at the door by a pleasant and experienced appliance professional. Your first impression is that the inventory is vast and the kitchen displays are modern and presented with tasteful style.
Once our customers realize that we are not high-pressure but instead committed to listening then recommending the best appliance options, a sense of calm and relaxation occurs. It may be the most relaxed feeling you can experience in a retail store.
Close by is an appliance professional that not only guides you to the best choices for your home but also shows you how to save time and money with your purchases. Now you are thinking about how much more you gained just by shopping with A-1.
It is months later and you are still thrilled when you think about the selection of A-1 appliances that serve you every day in your home. You talked, we listened; we guided, you pondered; you purchased, we delivered and installed; you gained great value, we gained a good friend. And we become a friend that assists you with your appliance needs for life.
Appliance Happiness: improving your home and your life with A-1 Appliance Company’s complete solution of professional sales and service.
For most people, buying a new kitchen appliance or a washer/dryer is not a frequent experience. It’s not like choosing a restaurant for lunch today. A lot is at stake here….You need to feel confident that you can find a good selection of product, that the company is reputable, and that the staff is qualified to meet your needs. In my humble opinion, A-1 Appliance is your best choice! (Disclaimer: I have been a member of the sales staff at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years) 🙂
We have an incredible selection of appliances in all categories! You may find inspiration in the Wolf/SubZero Living Kitchen, or in our live Jenn-Air kitchen.
For more ideas, venture upstairs to our Bosch/Thermador gallery, or to our Electrolux kitchen. On any given day, you may find us baking cookies in our Miele kitchen….yummy, it sure smells good at A-1 Appliance!
Do you need to learn about magnetic induction cooking? I can show you how with a quick demo! I love to boil ice….yes, I said ICE. I put a scoop of ice in the pan, and within 90 seconds I have boiling water!
Not only does A-1 Appliance have a great showroom, we also have an in-house service department. Do you need to talk with a service technician? We can do that! We have our own delivery and installation team. You may have a very complicated installation issue. If you need on site assistance in the planning stage…we can do that! WOW….A-1 Appliance has a great sales staff too. We offer an educational experience at A-1….we create APPLIANCE HAPPINESS!
The biggest laundry loads of the year may be knocking on your door as many families dive into the new school season. Whether you are searching for brands like Whirlpool and Electrolux or you just want some helpful tips in the laundry department, take a break and discover great insights on quick laundry, steam, and some buying tips. Enjoy!
Innovations and Trends
Wash and Dry in 29 Minutes
If you’ve ever been in a bind and needed to wash clothes in a hurry, like last-minute school uniforms before you drop the kids off, you’ll appreciate the new laundry collection from Electrolux. With the Perfect Steam™ Washer and Perfect Steam™ Dryer you can wash and dry your clothes in 29 minutes (that’s 29 minutes to wash AND dry!). Get the laundry done while the kids are eating breakfast and the clothes will be ready before you are. … Learn More.Steam; the New Way to Dry
New technology is emerging every day in the appliance world, and the latest is using steam to reduce wrinkles while drying clothes. Frigidaire’s Ready Steam™ dryers are among the most economical brands that use this method. … Learn More.
Top Questions to Ask Before Buying Laundry Appliances If you’re in the market for a new washer or dryer, there are some important things you need to think about. You’ll need to ask yourself a few simple questions to figure out exactly what type of machine you need.. . . Learn More
Tip From Amy
Quick and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas Summer fun is just about over and back to school shopping has begun. It’s time to think about packing school lunches, so I thought it would be fitting to give you some quick and easy lunch ideas that are healthy too.Instead of always opting for sandwiches, think about making some wraps with whole wheat tortillas. You can fill them with lean cold cuts, low fat cream cheese and veggies or peanut butter and jelly. Burritos and quesadillas are also great alternatives to traditional sandwiches. You can fill the whole wheat tortillas with rice, refried or black beans, salsa, chicken or vegetables. Whole grain bagels with a low fat vegetable cream cheese spread is also a great option.Some great snack ideas for lunch boxes are unsweetened apple sauce, raisins, dried cranberries or cherries. Fruit is always a great choice. You can pack an apple, banana or some seedless grapes. If your kids like dips, you can pack hummus, yogurt or low fat sour cream with carrots or celery sticks. Trail mix, cottage cheese, yogurt smoothies and low fat cheese spread on whole wheat crackers are also great options. Baked chips, pretzels, and low fat popcorn are better alternatives than high-fat potato chips and cheese snacks.Plain water is always best, but if your kids want something different every once in awhile, there are some sensible options. Drinks made from water, but have a splash of fruit juice might add some variety to your child’s lunch. These drinks are much healthier than soda.I hope these quick and easy lunch ideas are helpful. Not only are they healthy, but they taste great, so their bound to be a hit with your kids. Hope you have a great school year!
Twists, Turns and Trends for Home Furnishings in 2012
The road map to color for home furnishings in 2012 is filled with interesting new directions. Some paths lead to exhilarating tones and novel color combinations, while others display the more classic hues in a different kind of “mix”. The continuing challenge and goal will be in keeping the consumer visually engaged by blending the playful with the practical. To reach that destination, color is the compass.On Wednesday August 17 at 11:00 AM CST, Pantone will hold a live webinar to reveal the color trends for Home Furnishings in 2012. … Learn More.
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