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.


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 In fact, Consumer Reports has withdrawn their support for detergent pods because of the danger to children.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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Major Appliance Colors Through the Ages

Modern appliance history traces back to the early part of the 19th century. Early washing machines were made of wood, and the early stoves were cast iron. By the time this GE Monitor Top refrigerator became popular, White was the color choice for appliances.

When I was dating the girl who became my wife, her folks lived in a 60’s built John F. Long home in Maryvale that had Pink appliances. At the time the home was built, popular colors were Yellow, Pink, and Turquoise.

In the 70’s colors such as Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone became popular. They were a 2 tone color with darker shading around the edges. They eventually gave way to the solid colors of Harvest Wheat, Fresh Avocado, and Coffee. Then along came Almond which was a soft beige color that became very popular. It was eventually replaced with a different shade called by the name Bisque or Biscuit.

Sometime in the Bisque era GE and Whirlpool introduced new colors of Sand and Silver. However, each company had slightly different colors so that they didn’t match. Of course, because of the lack of standardization, neither was successful with their new color additions.

People often wonder when Stainless Steel was introduced as an appliance finish. While Stainless Steel started to gain traction in the late 90’s when Pro-Style ranges became de rigueur, Stainless Steel finishes have been around for much longer. See the photo below of the original Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop introduced in the early 60’s.

Jenn-Air also pioneered monochromatic appliances by introducing White-on-White appliances to take the place of appliances with chrome trim. Not so popular was Jenn-Air’s tentative launch in the mid-90’s of a gallery of appliances called Blue Creek that had hues of Red, Gold, Blue, and Green.


A future blog will cover some of today’s appliance colors and current trends.

Flooring Favorites from Mohawk Floors

Mohawk offers quality, tradition and innovation in its flooring collections. Choosing our favorites was difficult with thousands of products to choose from. Here are some of our top picks for each of the collections.


Whether you are looking for a smooth Saxony, an intricate pattern or a trendy shag, Mohawk offers thousands of carpet options in thousands of colors, styles and textures. One of our favorite products from Mohawk is the EverStrand carpeting, woven from fibers made from plastic beverage bottles. This soft yarn is died into hundreds of colors and into amazing patterns.


Mohawk’s hardwood floors are as durable as they are beautiful. Three surface finishes, including CrystalShield™, the exclusive Aluminum Oxide Ceramica or Natural Oil finish, mean there is a finish to suit your style and needs. Our favorite is the Strand Woven Bamboo in either Halea or Kahala styles.

Ceramic Tile

Mohawk offers four tile collections: Classic, Rustic, Slate and Artistic Statements. We like the innovative and contemporary feeling metal tile in the artistic collection.


From rich woods, including oaks, hickories, walnuts, and more exotic teaks and rosewoods, Mohawk’s laminate collection spans the spectrum of wood floor replicas.  Not to be outdone, the stone and ceramic laminate collection has tiles with beveled edges that have the look of stone.  We love the mix and match layout of the stone laminate tiles.

Area Rug

From Traditional to Contemporary designs, Mohawk’s designers have created rugs that will suit any style room. We love the tan and white  mixed herringbone patterned rug with it’s subtle pattern and neutral colors.

To find your favorite Mohawk flooring, visit Arizona Wholesale Supply’s website.