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How to Get the Smell Out of a Washing Machine

Do you hold your breath as you uncomfortably sidle up to your washing machine and try to dump your clothes in by the fistfuls before you need to come up for air?

Do your clothes have a weird smell even after you’ve washed them two or three more times?

Alas, there is hope!

Most times a smell in a washing machine is caused by bacteria build up inside of the drum, which causes the not-so-lovely scent to permeate the air and soak into your clothes.

But now you can breathe easy knowing there are simple steps and precautions to make your clothes smell great.

How to clean the washing machine:

  1. Wet the inside walls or the drum with warm water.
  2. Use a cloth you don’t mind getting dirty/throwing away, and gently scrub the scummy film that is coating the inside of the washing machine.
  3. Empty the lint trap (if your machine has one), and wash it thoroughly.
  4.  Rinse the surface with water. Do not add bleach to the soapy surface – that will make toxic gases!
  5. Add bleach to the dry, (and now) clean interior surfaces of the washing machine.
  6.  Give the bleach time to set before washing it away.

Once you’ve given the washing machine a good scrub down, here’s how to keep it smell-free:

  • Schedule a thorough cleaning every so often.
  • Keep your washing machine dry.
  • Use detergent made from 100% soluble cleaning agents.
  • Use the recommended amount of soap and wash setting.
  • Soak dirty fabrics in soapy water before throwing them into the washing machine.

No matter which brand of washer (Whirlpool, GE, or Electrolux), you can always be assured that if you take care of your appliances, they will take care of you.

The Look of Stainless Steel Has Lost the Look of Love

It has been a 25-year run for the look of stainless steel, but has it’s time come?

In our constantly changing world, the newest look always seems to be the most sought after product that we can purchase. Currently, it is a pivotal moment in kitchen design, causing major manufacturers to speculate as to the new look that will succeed stainless steel in the world of kitchen design. The trend seems to point to the major decline of the ever popular stainless steel, even though there does not seem to be any clear successor lining up to de-throne the reigning finish king.

The appliance industry has tried to introduce and promote new finish looks before, which led to no success. “Oiled-bronze,” “antique copper,” and a gray hue called “meteorite” are a few that almost made a run for champ of the kitchen finishes. Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s now largest appliance manufacturer, recently introduced its “Ice Collection” of appliances, including glossy white. “White is the new stainless steel,” quotes a Whirlpool representative.

Wishful thinking? One might think so since competitor General Electric, just last week, introduced refrigerators, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers in a muted gray called “slate,” and this will soon be coupled with new high-gloss finishes that they plan to unleash to the U.S. sometime soon.

Bottom line, introducing a new finish is a risk, and one that can cost enough to make the colors matter. Development takes approximately a year or so, which is a lengthy amount of time, especially in the appliance industry. Typically, stores will grant extra space to new ideas, but usually manufacturers’ have to work within a given number of slots, which means that if the product is unsuccessful than the manufacturer has just lost significant numbers on overall sales.

Why does this matter? Why are manufacturers’ even bothering with “color-scheming?” Essentially, the appliance market is in need of a significant boost due to the slump in the housing market, which has resulted in an even more significant slump in appliance sales. This means that manufacturers’ are trying to dazzle the buyer with new looks at every turn.

Fear not, for stainless steel is not being completely pushed out. However, there is a changing role that kitchens are playing in the American household, and this role reflects the changing times, of which appliance manufacturers are well aware. Therefore, manufacturers will continue to keep stainless steel finish in their collections, but consumers should be on the look-out for new and innovative looks for very common appliances. Within the past decade, kitchens have been central to the home in the sense that children and parents alike spent a significant portion of their time bonding in that central location. However, with every room having a television and technology added to it, the family now splits at dinner time and this makes for the kitchen to be a much less essential place of meeting. But this breakdown of the American home is one that appliance manufacturers are looking to change and they hope to once again make the kitchen a place of gathering and quality time.

It is certainly whimsical to think that common appliances and their related finishes can have such profound effect on our everyday lives. However, this is precisely the thinking that manufacturers task their marketing team with in order to rejuvenate the family spirit in the modern American home. You may feel a tug of nostalgia in the coming years, but the question will be if this is targeted marketing, or just are you really longing for that special “look of steel?”

GE offers a $20 Rebate on Water Filters!

Starting today and running throughout the month of October, GE is offering rebates when you buy select GE Water Filters. Now is a great time to stock up and save some money! The more you buy, the more you save!

GE is offering up to $20 cash back when you purchase select GE water filters!

  • Buy 1 Filter – Get a $3 mail-in rebate
  • Buy 2 Filters – Get a $10 mail-in rebate
  • Buy 3 Filters – Get a $20 mail-in rebate
  • The rebate is available on some of their most popular filters. For a list of eligible GE water filters and more information visit the GE Water Filter Rebate page on www.apwagner.com.

    General Electric announces sweepstakes with $2000 Grand Prize

    General Electric, makers of household appliances, has announced a sweepstakes with a grand prize of $2000.

    The “Catch the Savings” Sweepstakes is open to all U.S. residents living in the 48 contiguous U.S. and D.C, 18 years or older. A grand prize of $2000, along with smaller, weekly prizes ranging from a $500 Visa Gift Card to a GE Dishwasher with SmartDispense Technology, will be awarded.

    To enter, visit the “Catch the Savings” Sweepstakes Website to fill out an online entry form. Users are encouraged to enter daily, so visit and fill out the form every day to increase your chances of winning.

    The sweepstakes ends Jan. 11, 2009.

    For more info and official rules, visit GE’s “Catch the Savings Sweepstakes” Website.

    GE recalls wall ovens due to fire hazard

    On Tuesday General Electric and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of 244,000 wall ovens under the GE, GE Profile, Monogram and
    Kenmore brands due to possible fire and burn hazard.

    The recall is due to improper attachment of the door which could allow heat to escape during the self-cleaning cycle causing a possible fire and burn hazard to consumers, according to a press release issued by the CPSC.

    “GE is aware of 28 incidents of minor property damage in which adjacent kitchen cabinets have been damaged. No injuries have been reported,” said the CPSC.

    The ovens were sold nationwide from October 2002 to December 2004. Consumers who own a GE wall oven should check to see if their door will open in the flat position. If it does not, they should not use the self-cleaning cycle of their oven, but can continue to use normal baking or broiling function until the oven is repaired.

    Consumers can contact GE for a free repair by calling (888)569-1588 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday EST, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.GEAppliances.com.

    The recall covers the following model numbers below. Model and serial numbers can be found inside the oven on the left interior wall. For microwave combination ovens, the serial number can be found on the left interior wall of the microwave.

    Brand | Model | Serial Number Begins With GE/Profile | JCT915, JT912, JT915, JT952, JT955, JT965, JT980*, JTP20, JTP25, JTP28, JTP48, JTP50, JTP86 | TD, VD, ZD AF, DF, FF, GF, HF, LF, MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF Monogram | ZET3058, ZET938, ZET958 Kenmore (All model numbers start with 911) | 4771, 4775, 4781, 4904, 4905, 4923* | 2T, 2V, 2Z 3A, 3D, 3F, 3G, 3H, 3L, 3M, 3R, 3S, 3T, 3V, 3Z

    * Lower oven only

    For more information

    The GE Website has set up a helpful form which you can enter your model and serial number of your wall oven to see if it is part of the recall. You can enter your wall oven’s numbers here.