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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?”

Whirlpool 4396508 KitchenAid Refrigerator Water Filter

Whirlpool 4396508 Water Filter

Whirlpool 4396508 KitchenAid Refrigerator Water Filter - Sale price: $35.79 -- You Save: $7.69

Used in Whirlpool and KitchenAid refrigerators. The Whirlpool 4396508 KitchenAid Side By Side Refrigerator Water Filter reduces bad taste, odor, lime scale buildup, chlorine, dirt, and rust in your water and ice.

For use with:

  • Refrigerators from Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and others
  • Side-by-side refrigerators (Freestanding, Counter Depth, and Built-in)
  • Manufactured 1998-Present
  • Filter located in bottom front of refrigerator
  • Turn release

Remember your refrigerator water filter should be changed every 6 months.

Whirlpool PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter

Whirlpool PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter

Whirlpool PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter - Sale price: $39.99 -- You Save: $8.60

Whirlpool 4396710 PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter creates improved drinking water. The filter accomplishes this through reduction of chlorine and odor.

PUR Water Filter cartridge is for the EZ Change Advanced In-the-Grille Push Button Water Filter used in some brands of side-by-side refrigerators. This filter has a flow rate of .5 gpm. For maximum performance, the filter should be replaced every 6 months, or when change filter light is lit.

The filter lasts 6 months and should be replaced accordingly. Responsible for the removal of 97.4% chlorine, 99.3% of lead at pH 6.5, and 99.3% of Lead at pH 8.5 along with other contaminants.

To purchase Whirlpool 4396710 PUR Advanced Refrigerator Filter of learn more on this filter visit

Does your dishwasher smell bad?

If your dishwasher smells bad there is a few steps you can take to resolve the issue.

1. Make sure the filter is clean in the dishwasher when food particles are trapped in the filter they can lead to odor.

2. Run a cycle with a quart of vinegar this will clean both the tub and pump.

3. Use Affresh™ Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner as this is the best way to remove odors from your dishwasher.

Here are the advantages of Affresh™ Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner:

Affresh Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner

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All dishwashers and garbage disposals are capable of producing odor if not properly cleaned. This is the first product on the market to remove both dishwasher and garbage disposal odors.

Run your dishwasher on the heaviest cycle and place one tablet in main dishwasher detergent tray and another tablet in the prewash tray or in the bottom of the dishwasher. This will in dissolve and neutralize odor leaving a crisp citrus scent.

For garbage disposal cleaning place one tablet into the disposal, slowly run hot water through the disposal for 15 seconds. Turn off water and disposal, and wait 30 minutes before flushing with hot water.

For further information on the new Affresh product view Whirlpool’s recent news release.

To purchase Affresh™ Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner visit AP Wagner.

Purify the air in your refrigerator

Air FilterRefrigerator air purifiers or filters as they are commonly known helps in the elimination of odors in your refrigerator. The refrigerator air filter is designed to stand alone in operate of battery power. Common odors the air filter removes are from foods link fish, stale milk, and over-ripe fruits. The air filter can also help remove some of the chemicals in pesticides used on produce.

The key benefits of refrigerator air filters:

  • Helps eliminates foul odors from your refrigerator and freezer instead of hiding them
  • Helps control humidity
  • Helps keeps food fresher longer
  • Saves you money by reducing energy consumption
  • Helps remove onion, garlic, fish and other strong odors
  • Helps stop food odors from seeping into beverages
  • Helps prevent odor cross-contamination of foods
  • Keeps refrigerators smelling fresh
  • Makes ice taste better

AP Wagner has an assorted collection of air filters on sale now.

Dishwasher Affresh for Canada

Dishwasher Affresh

AffreshTM Dishwasher Cleaner is available for purchase at for Canadian residents.

The new AffreshTM Dishwasher Cleaner is a powerful, ground-breaking solution for unwanted dishwasher odour.

Developed with the consumer in mind, these innovative tablets help remove even the most stubborn odours from the dishwasher.

Used once a month, the AffreshTM tablets are fast and simple way to keep the inside of the dishwasher clean and fresh smelling.

AffreshTM Dishwasher Cleaner retails for $8.99 per package. Each package comes with 6 cleaner tablets.

For United States residents the Affresh™ Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner is still available at