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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.


American Manufacturing Key to Security

How critical is American manufacturing to American security?

You can consider this the “Part II” to the post from last week discussing a report, filed by two former professionals of the Department of Homeland Security, where they made the strong assertion that America grows weaker with every product that is produced, developed or shipped to the United States with which American consumers are dependent upon. The main point of that report was to warn of a growing vulnerability that is the result of increased reliance on foreign shipping and the prediction that America’s strength is tremendously undermined should a crisis hit or should we be engaged in hostile activity with foreign supplier.

Assuming we take this report at face value, it seems warranted to be overly concerned about the implications of such proposed weaknesses that America seems to have and the truth of how strong these implications are. Simply put, we are at risk because we don’t supply our own citizens with supplies, causing us to rely upon our foreign suppliers to aid us through all times, including the times of great natural or man-made catastrophes. Essentially, this report is one that makes a simple yet well-founded claim that proves to be a laborious task to refute.

How can an argument be made that we are NOT vulnerable? It is a fact that we rely on foreign suppliers for nearly all of our basic products and while this may prove cost-effective it could certainly lead to our own demise. In a world where hostile intentions are never lacking and global strength is always a savory prospect, it seems careless to allow all of our supplies to come to us instead of being made by us.

Interestingly enough, this report is coupled with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent proposal to propose tariffs on leading producers like Samsung and Electrolux, in which there is a hope that the act of “dumping” will be reduced and that leading producers will think twice before supporting foreign suppliers that engage in “dumping.” On the other hand, a producer like Whirlpool seems to be on board with eventually having most of their products manufactured in America and hope to be much more American based by 2013, according to the DoC investigation report from July. This could mean a serious shift in production and sales in the market and if other other leading producers are not willing to jump on bandwagon, they quite possibly could be left in the proverbial dust.

Is this enough? Policing the foreign markets could prove to help American infrastructure while crippling production for leading producers. The question then becomes a matter of which is more important. Furthermore, is a reliance on foreign manufacturing simply the way that it has to be? Can there even be an alternative option for the United States?

The overwhelming concern of national security seems to pervade every market and industry throughout the global economy. We must decide if this is something we can change but, more importantly, if we can do we actually want to change. Do we want to change our way of life? Is it even possible?

We leave this, as always, to you, the consumer. It still remains that every leading producer still needs to sell their product which is where you fit in quite nicely. Your role is critical, essential, and ultimately the determinant of how vulnerable this country will be in the future years.

Maytag’s Milestone Machine

Maytag plant makes millionth washer 35 weeks after opening

Less than a year after launching, the Maytag automatic washer assembly plant in Clyde, OH last week produced its one-millionth washing machine. The milestone machine was a Maytag Centennial model, although the plant also assembles Bravos X top-load and Maxima front-load washers.

Opened last summer to manufacture a new generation of laundry appliances, the plant maintains a high level of manufacturing efficiency that enabled production of the first one million washers in only 35 weeks. Previous product launches have taken three to five times longer to reach the same milestone.

“We removed an assembly line that had been producing thousands of units a day for more than a quarter of a century and re-built it from the ground up,” said Alan Holaday, vice president, manufacturing operations, North America Region, for Maytag. All new-generation appliances made in the plant are higher capacity units that offer energy and water savings.


Anti-Vibration Pads from Whirlpool

VibeAway™ & EcoPod™ Anti-Vibration Pads

VibeAway™ and EcoPod™ Anti-Vibration Pads

VibeAway™ & EcoPod™ Anti-Vibration Pads

Reduce Noise, Vibration, and Pulsation

Anti-vibration pads will effectively reduce noise, vibration, and pulsation from your washer or dryer. VibeAway™ and EcoPod™ are new vibration pads from Whirlpool.

EcoPod™ is considered a shock absorber and is intended to be used on heavy equipment such as air compressors, furnaces, AC condensers, and water heaters.

VibeAway™ is a shock absorption pad that works not just on washing machines, but dryers, table saws, freezers and other large appliances.

Both pads are made from 100% recycled tire rubber, addressing important environmental concerns and problems facing the planet today.

Find VibeAway™ and EcoPod™ at

Frigidaire Recalls Clothes Washers Due to Fire Hazard

A voluntary recall was issued Thursday, July 30 for 35,000 Frigidaire Clothes Washers due to an internal defect in the washer’s drain pump which can cause heat to build up, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.

No reports of injuries or incidents have been reported so far.

Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the machine and contact Frigidaire or Sears (if unit was purchased there) to schedule a free repair.

Top and front load washing machines along with laundry centers are affected by the recall. The recall involves the following brands: Crosley®, Frigidaire®, Kelvinator®, Kenmore®, Wascomat®, and White-Westinghouse® top load washers, 3.1 cubic foot front load washers and laundry centers.

Check the table below to see the products, brands, model and serial numbers of the washers involved in the recall.

Product Type Brand Model Serial Number
Top Load Washer Crosley, Frigidaire, Kelvinator,
White- Westinghouse
XC90306228 to XC91606302
Front Load Washer Crosley, Frigidaire, Wascomat,
White- Westinghouse
XC90501765 to XC91607678
Laundry Center Crosley, Frigidaire, Kenmore,
White -Westinghouse
97812 CLCE900FW GLET1142FS
97912 FEX831FS GLGH1642FS
97962 FGX831FS GLGT1031FS
C97812 FLGB8200FS GLGT1142FS
C97912 GCET1031FS MEX731CFS
C97962 GLEH1642FS SWSG1031HS
XE85104013 to XE91603486

The recalled washers retailed between $300 and $1100 and were sold from February through May 2009 at Sears and other retailers nationwide.

To schedule a repair

contact Frigidaire at (800) 734-4519 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

For consumers who purchased their product at Sears

call Sears toll free at (888) 549-5870 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, or visit Sear’s Web site at

Related Washer Repair information:

Laundry tips and organizing your laundry room, is a Website by Woolite offering tips on how to wash and dry your favorite items of clothing. Advice comes from TLC’s TV “What Not To Wear” TV show host, Stacy London. The site offers some good washing and drying advice, such as:

Washing Jeans

  • To retain the “snug” fit of your jeans, wash them once a week in a cold/warm wash cycle.
  • If your jeans are made from “stretch denim” or contains some lycra, dry them on high heat for about 40 minutes. If your jeans are older, air dry them first to get most of the moisture out and then throw them in the dry for a quick “blast” of  high heat for 10-15 minutes.

For your sweat pant or favorite pair of lounge pants that are starting to fray or become thin:

  • Remove them from the washer before the spin dry cycle to prevent further wear.
  • Dry them on a medium heat setting or skip the dryer altogether and air dry them on a clothes line or rack.

Washing and drying corduroy

  • Wash corduroy on the delicate cycle in low or medium water temperature.
  • Dry on low heat and do not let them sit in the dryer, remove them immediately as soon as the cycle ends.

You can read the rest of the tip from Stacy London at Woolite’s Website: which is a fun, interactive website set up like a virtual book. The circles on each page are interactive and contain the laundry tips, so be sure to press or click on the button to see how to care for your different items of clothing.

If you are looking for more laundry tips, especially if your clothes are coming out of the clothes dryer ripped, torn, wrinkled ,or smelling like smoke, check out some of the clothes dryer tips on

Now that you are up-to-date on your laundry skills, it’s time to put some thought into the area where you do your laundry. Here’s an article about organizing your laundry room from “Tips to help doing the wash become a chore no more“. Some tips from the article:

  • Build a folding area across the top of your washer and dryer and house your laundry appliances underneath (tip: make sure that the fit is not “too snug” so you can remove your machines for maintenance and cleaning.)
  • Install a shelf above the washer and dryer so you have easy access to detergent, dryer sheets and stain sticks.
  • If you have multiple stain sticks and smaller laundry items, get a Lazy Susan to keep them in reach and catch drips.
  • Use a coat rack to hang larger items out to dry and they will be wrinkle free.

The article offers plenty of other good laundry room organizing tips. Read the rest of the article online.

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