Well, no worries HE Washer Owners. You don't have to give away your washer to rid yourself of the smell. Whirlpool has some solutions under the brand Affresh. There is a Washer Cleaning Kit and Washer Cleaner Pouch.
Affresh® Washer Cleaners
Affresh® washer cleaners will help clean your washer, combat odor-causing residue and prevent residue build-up. If you purchase the kit you will receive three Power Puck™ tablets and six Grit Grabber™ cloths. You can also buy the pucks separately.
Why Do HE Washers Smell?
Due to the efficient design of HE machines, there is an increased potential for the build-up of odor-causing residue. See, HE washers use less water and seal more tightly than older, less-efficient machines (like mine). Somehow this can cause a build-up of odor-causing residue.
Now all brands of washers, both HE and traditional, have the potential to smell and have residue build-up. To ensure maximum performance (and a clean smell) for any machine, Whirlpool recommends a monthly maintenance and cleaning routine. It should keep your washer operating at peak efficiency.
How Does Affresh Work?
The oxygenated bubbling action of the Power Puck™ tablet penetrates and dissolves unseen residue in areas that cannot be reached like behind the washer drum. With the kit, where you get the Grit Grabber cloths, they clean by breaking up residue around the rubber door seal and detergent dispenser, locking it into the cloth. Together they are supposed to work better than bleach in cleaning the washer.
If used once a month, the Affresh® washer cleaning kit can help prevent odor-causing residue from accumulating. Heavily soiled washers may require repeated treatments to remove traces of odor and residue. In this case, Whirlpool recommends running three successive washer cleaning cycles with one Affresh® tablet in each.
Traditional Top Load Washer?
Do you have a traditional top load washer? Well the Affresh cleaners combat odor-causing residue that can accumulate in those washing machines, as well. It will help clean and prevent residue build-up.
Where to Buy:
You can find it in a lot of places, like Sears, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Kroger and Food Lion, as well as supermarkets and www.affresh.com. The Affresh tablets are available via a subscription through the Web site to make washer maintenance a snap.
My washer isn't smelly, so I wasn't quite sure how well it cleaned. I am sure it removed some residue, after owning this machine for 7 years. But I am interested in the dishwasher cleaner that will be coming soon from Affresh! Keep a look-out for it!
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