Do you have an HE front loading washing machine? They've become quite popular in North America in the last few years. They are the norm in Europe. When I lived in the UK, everyone had small front loading washing machines (and no dryer, but that's another story). When we moved to Canada, Mark immediately purchased a nice washer and dryer set.
Well, nice, except it stinks and it's filthy.
So Smelly Washer sent me an email asking if I'd like to try out their product, and I agreed, because yes my washing machine smells and I haven't done anything about it. Add cleaning out my washing machine to the list I have of things to do that's about 10 pages long. (Apparently some machines have a setting now that is for self-cleaning, like an oven; seems like a good idea).
I'm very sorry that the internet does not have scratch and sniff photos yet. Oh wait, you're probably not sorry. This is my washing machine, before I used Smelly Washer. Take my word for it - it stank and my clothes did not smell nice.
No need to post an after photo, it looks the same - BUT the result is that my washer does not smell and my clothes genuinely smell fresh for the first time. Really. We don't use heavily scented detergent, and we don't use fabric softener liquid at all, but I had no idea we were missing out so much on that 'fresh' smell.
It's easy to use. It asks you to use the hottest setting on the washer (which for mine is actually just 'warm'), and add a cap to the load. Run it for two minutes, then pause it overnight, and finish the cycle in the morning. That's it.
I've done that cycle with the powder a couple of times since receiving this product in October. It does remove the smell, but it doesn't actually remove the mold or mildew or whatever. You mean I still have to clean my washing machine?! Damn. At least this is a fix in the meantime, and it's safe for septic systems (like we have).
I received one bottle of Smelly Washer for this review, a bottle that says it's a years' supply (about 24 capfuls). Actually probably the only complaint is that it can get a bit messy pouring it into the small cap. Hopefully an easy fix.
Want to try it out on your washing machine? You can win a bottle, just like I received. Here's what you need to do:
- Leave a comment on this post before 7pm EST Sunday, December 6th. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
- Have an American or Canadian postal address.
If you'd like to buy it yourself, Smelly Washer has kindly provided my readers with a promo code for 10% off. The code is wherewiller.