I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of affresh and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Let me just start by saying I absolutely adore my front-loading high-efficiency washing machine. It’s a Whirlpool Duet HT that we’ve had for five years, and we’ve never had a mechanical problem with it. It works great. And I love that I can throw even my most delicate, hand-wash-only clothes in and know they will come out just fine.
However, just like the previous front loader we owned, this one is prone to getting stinky. Residue builds up and after a while there’s a musty smell that gets transferred to the clothes. A few years ago I started using affresh tablets to keep the washer clean, and they work amazingly well.
It’s really easy: I just open up a packet, toss the tablet into the washer, and run an empty load with hot water. The tablet makes quite a bit of noise rumbling around without any clothes to dampen the sound, so I make sure never to do it at night. In about an hour I have a nice, clean washer.
The first time I used them I had to do three cycles in a row with the tablets to get the smell out, but since then – as long as I do the cleaning cycle consistently and don’t forget to leave the door open between loads – I just have to do one cleaning cycle a month. If I forget to do it once a month and the smell creeps back I just run a couple in a row and everything is smelling fresh again.
About a month ago things were getting a little stinky, and I needed more tablets. But my Target was out of affresh, so I decided to try another brand, thinking it would work just as well. Not only did this competing brand not get the smell out of the washer, it left its own terrible smell behind too!
Lesson learned. I’m sticking with affresh.
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