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We’ve all done it. Some, more than others. Some… all the time. And make no mistake; it always catches up to us. C’mon… you know you’ve done it.
You’ve forgotten to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer.
After the first hour, it’s cool. No harm done! In fact, one could argue that allowing clothes to “cure” in the washing machine drum is a good thing. The clothes are promptly (albeit tardily) transferred from washer to dryer and you don’t look back. Moving on.
Sometimes, two hours go by. And after the second hour, while you’re not yet in Panicville, you’re definitely on the outskirts. But it’s alright! You can deal. You give your clothes a quick whiff, confirm that no offensive odour exists, and silently reprimand yourself for being so forgetful. You vow it will never happen again… But it does.
This time, you forget for a longer period of time. Maybe even overnight (gah!). And as you pull open the drum, you notice it. Frankly, you are confronted by it. That smell….
The musty odour of clothes; the pungent mildewy smell of dampness wafting from the drum. A veritable reminder that you suck, and your suckage has led to a stinky washing machine and even stinkier clothes that will now require a re-wash. You carefully measure out the detergent, silently cursing your forgetful ways. To add insult to injury, the energy savings period has passed, which means you’ll pay through the nose to wash the same damn towels through the same damn hot wash cycle yet again.
Yeah, we’ve all done it.
Of course, I do have a few suggestions to try and help you remember. First, tie a string to your finger until you’re just about cutting off the circulation. By the time it turns purple and starts throbbing, your wash *should* be done. Or, you can always leave your 3-year old to stand guard at the washing machine, because we all know 3-year olds never wander off, right? Failing that, you could strap a megaphone next to the “end of cycle” signal and pray that you don’t blow out your eardrums when it inevitably beeps. (Disclaimer: Do not try these suggestions at home. Unless you want to. In which case, stinky laundry isn’t your biggest problem.)
Or, you could look for a washing machine – such as the Maytag Maxima XL Front Load Steam Washer – which boasts “Fresh Hold”.
Says Maytag: The Fresh Hold option with Dynamic Venting Technology starts after the wash cycle is complete. It combines intermittent tumbling action with air circulation from a quiet – yet powerful – fan in the rear of the washer to reduce moisture in the load. With this technology, consumers can delay drying for up to 12 hours as the Fresh Hold fan keeps clean washed clothes smelling fresh until they can get them into the dryer.
Says Lena: Maybe y’all should try this first. Then the finger thing.
Translation: Fresh Hold is one of those options that really, really makes a lot of sense. Because life is hectic; laundry is boring, and it’s very easy to forget about the washed clothes – especially when you’re doing laundry at night to take advantage of the energy savings period. I can’t tell you the amount of times that we’ve washed a load at 8:00pm with the best intentions. Then, I’ll poke my husband in the wee hours of morning and whisper, “Did you put the clothes to dry?” (Can you guess the answer? It normally begins with “Oh” and ends with “Sh*t”.)
The Fresh Hold option gives you a hall pass; it allows you to be human, and make a mistake… and it still protects you from that smelly smell the next morning, when your expectations are at an all-time low. And all you have to do is select one little button on the washing machine. The result? Barely damp, fresh-smelling clothes that have survived the night in a non-neglectful way. I’ve taken to adding the Fresh Hold option to all my cycles. It’s just become a habit now, and why not? It’s like buying insurance with every load – but this time, you’re buying yourself 12 extra hours of stink-free clothing, and avoiding the dreaded re-wash.
Without a word of lie, this has to be my very favourite feature of the Maytag Maxima XL Front Load Steam Washer. If/when you’re shopping for a new washer, please remember you read it here first – the Fresh Hold option with Dynamic Venting Technology should never be an “option” – it should be a “must have”.
Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a #MaytagBloggerChallenge if I didn’t have to jump through a few hoops to test out the features and benefits. So here’s the scoop: we were given an assortment of fabrics and textures (linen, cotton and spandex), and were asked to wash them separately – using the Fresh Hold option for each load. Now the instructions specifically stated:
Linen: I wash best in a Delicate cycle. Set your mind at ease by also selecting the Maytag 12 hour Fresh Hold option. Use the Wrinkle Guard on the Maytag dryer to get out all my little creases.
Cotton: Wash me using a Cold Water cycle. Add the Maytag 12 hour fresh hold option and I won’t be smelly if you get busy and forget about me. Take a sniff before drying me on a low-heat setting.
Spandex: Wash me while you sleep. Use the Overnight Wash and Dry cycle plus Maytag 12 hour Fresh Hold Option with Dynamic Venting Technology.
I’ll be honest: I’m a realist. Other than separating the kids’ laundry from our own, I’d never take the time to do separate loads for linen, cotton and spandex. I mean really, who does? Most days, I’m lucky to remember to do the laundry PERIOD, much less remembering to separate the textiles. And does anyone really own that much spandex? Step away from the yoga pants, mommy blogger – there’s a whole world of fashion for you to discover!
Hence, I just threw them all in the same load. I know, I’m a rebel. But the truth is, I always wash in Cold Water, cotton can also benefit from Wrinkle Guard drying, and since I’d be using the Fresh Hold option, everything could be held overnight for 12 hours. So I simply didn’t see the need for three separate cycles, when I’d be utilizing the same features each time. In you go, clothing!
The results? Okay, for a limited time only, I’ve embedded “Scratch and Sniff” technology on every computer screen that reads this blog post. I’m serious. Go ahead – gently scratch the picture to the right on your computer screen. Now smell.
That’s right – you don’t smell anything! No musty odour; no damp, wet-dog scent. With Maytag’s 12 hour Fresh Hold Option with Dynamic Venting Technology, all of the clothes came out smelling like clothing, hold the funk. See those smiles on my boys’ faces? Yup. They’re happy because their cotton t-shirts are perfectly soft and smooth, and they don’t smell like a sewer – even though they were hanging out in the washer drum ALL NIGHT LONG.
(Side note: Ryder’s tank top is kind of winging up on the sides, giving it a feminine, frilly feel. Unfortunately, after I fixed it, Reid refused to take another picture. With him, you get one shot, and then he’s gone. So I’ve placed this disclaimer in case Ryder stumbles on this post in 5 years and wonders why I clothed him in a girly top. I didn’t, dude – it’s just the angle and your brother’s a nerd who won’t sit still.)
Anyhoo, there you have it. The single best feature your money can buy. I suggest that you find a Maytag Washer with Fresh Hold… and buy it. Really, it’s that simple. You’re welcome.
As always, my good friends at Maytag realize that you’ve just taken time and attention to read through my smell story, and want to thank you for learning about Maytag’s 12 hour Fresh Hold Option with Dynamic Venting Technology . So, they’d love to offer you the chance to win a KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker (value $99)!
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