Detergent Pod Warnings

Dishwasher and Laundry Detergent Alert

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We've had several blogs over the last four years on the merits of using detergent pods for laundry or dishwasher loads. There are reasons for choosing the pods, and we've argued both against the detergent pods and in favor of them.

Detergent-Pod

We've also consistently complained that the companies selling detergent pods shouldn't make them in bright colors that might easily be confused with candy by children.

Safety Warning – Laundry Detergent Pods – May 2012

Detergent Pods a Safety Hazard

Now, it appears that this issue is continuing to evolve. In fact, Consumer Reports has withdrawn their support for detergent pods because of the danger to children.

The problem with laundry detergent pods.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, just in the first 4 months of 2016, nearly four thousand kids five and under have been victimized by exposure to detergent pods.

“Some children who have gotten the product in their mouths have had excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some get very sleepy. Some have had breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator to help them breathe. There have also been reports of corneal abrasions (scratches to the eyes) when the detergent gets into a child’s eyes.” – AAPCC

In addition, the National Capital Poison Center has stated, “Biting into laundry detergent pods can cause serious injury or even death.”

Unfortunately, the detergent manufacturers have not addressed the pods candy-like appearance, and have instead decided to make the detergent containers more difficult to open.

So, use your discretion, but CR and others are now recommending against the detergent pods, at least in any households with children.

As always, for all your appliances, floor coverings, window treatments and more work with your design professional, or builder, and call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment with one of our associates.


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Laundry Room Remodeling

Laundry Room Advice from Houzz

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Modern laundry rooms are no longer after thoughts. Today's laundry rooms are designe for both function and aesthetics. Not just an anteroom from the garage to the living space, modern laundry rooms are workspaces for getting clothes clean and sometimes much more. Here are 5 questions posed by Mitchell Parker in his Houzz article:

Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel the Laundry Room

  1. What are you hoping to achieve?
  2. How do you want the space to function?
  3. How do you do your laundry?
  4. What kind of appliances do you want?
  5. Special features?

Of course, we're focusing here on #4 – The Washer and Dryer. Choices include:

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Electrolux Front Load Pair

  1. Front load washers and matching dryers. Full-sized front load washers were launched in the mid-nineties by Maytag and Whirlpool and over the years have become very popular even though they are a pricey alternative to the traditional top loaders of the past. These units may have optional pedestal bases, and may even be configured so that the dryer is stacked on top of the washer.
  2. High efficiency Top Load washers and matching dryers. HE top loaders are for customers who want to load and unload their wash loads from the top, but also want the efficiency and water conservation of the tumble action front load machines.
  3. Traditional Top Load washers and matching dryers. Traditional top load washers have the high-post agitator in the center. While “old school”, some consumers still prefer them, and newer models are available with energy saving features.
  4. Combination washer and dryer. Combination units can be a single front load washer that can also double as a dryer, or a washer with a connected dryer on top configured and sold as a single unit.
HE-Toploader

HE Top Load Washer

Of course, for help choosing what's right for you consult your designer or home builder, and then hurry over to Arizona Wholesale Supply to get the best selection and pricing on washers, dryers, other major appliances, and much more.


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The Return of Colorful Appliances

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 10.33.53 AMSome of you may remember when appliances had names like Harvest Gold and Avocado. The colorful appliances of the mid-century ranged from aqua of the 1950s to the harvest gold of the 1970s.  For many decades appliances often came in white, off-white, and black. Then the stainless steel craze arrived.  Now we’re seeing a return to color on appliances ranging from washers, to stoves, to dryers, and to refrigerators.

Adding a colorful red washer and dryer suite to your laundry room can change the functional room into a stylish space. Coordinating the flooring tile or area rug with the appliance color will create a cohesive design you might find in elsewhere in the house but is unexpected in the laundry room.

Kitchen appliances like mixers and blenders, and even coffee makers have been available in colors for a few years now. A brand of stand mixers is known for their quality and rainbow of colorful hues. Larger appliances are beginning to follow this trend in Europe and now this trend is coming to the States.

A suite of kitchen appliances in bright colors can be intense. A single appliance in a bright shade would be a great accent and conversation starter. A range or wall oven in a bright orange or red would look great in a contemporary kitchen featuring other stainless steel elements and appliances. A deep navy stove in a traditional kitchen would add color but not be too garish.  There are so many colorful options should you choose to be bold with colorful appliances.

Take a look at our refrigerator options here.

When to buy a new dryer.

We recently wrote about choosing a new washer. It's now time for a brief follow up on the dryer. There are two times when you need to consider a new dryer. Obviously, one time to buy a new dryer is when the old one breaks down and you don't want another repair bill. The other time to buy a new dryer is when you buy a new washer. It may seem foolish to replace a perfectly good, working dryer just because you're buying a washer, but there are a few very good reasons to consider it.

Washer/Dryer Pair

Whirlpool Laundry Set

Let's assume that you're replacing a ten year old washing machine. Chances are very good that your new washer has a greater capacity and is more energy efficient than the old one. But your old dryer does not match up with the capacity of your new washer. It makes a lot of sense to have a dryer that can handle drying a load of clothes at least as big as the washer can wash. In addition, if your old dryer takes much longer to dry than a new one, that means that a second wash load will sit damp in the washer waiting for the old dryer to finish drying. That's not good for wrinkles and it costs you time as well. Naturally, a matching pair will not just work better together, they look better together also.

When purchasing a new dryer, you'll want to make sure that it has an automatic or moisture-sensor cycle. Most good dryers do. This will save energy and time and prevent over-drying of your clothes. Of course, you need to get electric (240v) or gas depending on your available service. If you have a choice, get a gas dryer. Even though they gas dryers cost more to purchase than electric dryers, your utility bill savings will more than make up for the inital cost difference. When it comes to added features, steam is offered on several of the better models. Steam cycles in dryers are quite different than steam in washers. Think of the steam feature in a dryer as a way to refresh clothes. Suppose you have a favorite pair of slacks that need to be dry cleaned. Using the steam feature in your dryer to remove wrinkles and refresh the slacks may mean that you only need to go to the dry cleaners half as often. It's definitely something worth considering.

As with the washer, you need to carefully measure the space available in your laundry room before heading out the door to look. Call the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company and make an appointment. They are well-trained and can save you time and money on selecting the dryer that best fits your needs.

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Dryer

Maytag Dryer

 

Choosing your new washer: a basic selection guide.

It's not easy choosing a new washer. Unlike outfitting a new kitchen where you may have months to research and purchase an entire suite of appliances, choosing a washer is often a “duress” purchase. Meaning you've got a broken washer at home and dirty clothes are piling up.

Laundry

So, let's try to make this quick and easy. You can buy a top-load washer or a front-load washer. Top-loaders come in the traditional center agitator type or in the new HE (High Efficiency) variety. So that's three options.

  1. Agitator type top-loaders. This is your least expensive choice. It's also going to be the least energy efficient, and will often have less capacity than either of the other 2 choices.
  2. HE top-loaders have recently become widely available and increasingly popular. Most Americans prefer top-loaders to front-loaders. However, they also want a large capacity machine that is energy efficient. The HE top-loaders fit the bill. With giant agitator-less tubs, they're designed to use very little water and detergent, yet clean clothes better than their traditional agitator equipped siblings.
  3. Front-load washers, always a standard in Europe, started to become popular in the U.S. in the late 90's. They can do an excellent job of cleaning, and have always been very energy efficient. Over the last decade, they've been equipped with larger and larger tubs, and can be purchased with many advanced features such as steam.

front-load washer

front-load washer

top-load washer

top-load washer

If your budget prohibits you from purchasing an HE top-load washer or a front-load washer, then you're choice is restricted to a top-load agitator model. Otherwise, you can choose among the various top-load HE models and front-load machines. Both styles can do a good job of cleaning, and both will save energy.

Some people, are comfortable with and just prefer top-loaders. Generally, speaking an HE top-loader will cost less than a comparably featured front-loader. Users sometimes complain that clothes washed in these top-loaders tend to bunch together and tangle.

On the other hand, front-loaders often need pedestal bases to bring the tub door opening high enough to load without bending over. The doors have rubberized water seals that are prone to odors from mold and mildew. Some additives are available to “freshen” front-loaders and eliminate odor.

The best thing to do is to consult with a trusted sales associate to weigh the pros and cons and tradeoffs. Some manufacturers, aware of the seeming disadvantages of each style, have either eliminated them through design improvements or have developed workarounds.

Next steps. 1. Measure the space available for your new washer. 2. Call Arizona Wholesale Supply and make an appointment with a sales associate to help you get the washer that best suits your needs and budget.

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Decorating the Laundry Room

There are a few rooms in our home that we don’t really think about decorating. Hallways and powder rooms are two of them, but perhaps the most neglected room in our homes is the laundry room.  Despite spending hours every week in the laundry room, we rarely think to decorate this room. Maybe if we added some design style to the laundry room it might make doing laundry a little bit more enjoyable. Maybe? Probably not, but having a pretty laundry room might help us dread the task a little less.

 

If you have a laundry room on the second floor or main floor of your home, you probably already have finished flooring in the room. Basement laundry rooms tend to have cement floors. Adding laminate or tile to a basement laundry room floor would make the space feel more like a finished room.

 

Painting the walls of the laundry room a happy color you love could improve your mood when you are in the room.  This is especially true for basement laundry rooms. Cabinets can be painted or replaced with more stylish cabinet doors.  Open shelves can be put up to store laundry supplies in pretty glass jars.  A folding drawer or cabinet makes drying sweaters neater and keeps the room less cluttered.

 

Adding a chandelier or other fun hanging light can give an extra bit of style to the utilitarian room. If your laundry room has a window, put up decorative window treatments like cafe curtains or roman shades.