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cloth diapers and red ugly sweaters, it’s just a day in the life of my Whirpool Duets.

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I’ve been using my new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer now for around two months. During that time, I’ve started a few projects around the house, somewhat related and unrelated to receiving new washer and dryer to test out.

it could make a girl dizzy

First, I dove into the wide, wide, world of cloth diapering. I have one child still in diapers, and another little diaper wearing baby bottom due in January. I’ve always wanted to cloth diaper, and decided that getting these fancy machines was just the nudge I needed. If I was going to do it, I really had no excuse.

clean diapers

And secondly, as I do every fall and early winter, I’ve reopened my ugly Christmas sweater shop, Junky Brilliance on Etsy. At first glance, opening a shop on Etsy has very little to do with washing and drying, but for me, it’s different. The sweaters I sell typically come to me smelling like your great aunt. Yep, old lady stink. I use the washer and dryer to ensure my buyers that their sweater comes to the cootie free.
Yes! And ugly christmas sweater!

(why yes, this is my husband turned model. He gets paid in hugs and beer)

Between cloth diapering, my family of five’s typical flow of dirty laundry, and the ugly sweater shop, my washer and dryer is running almost constantly. But don’t feel bad for them, they’re like the superheros of appliances.

So what have I learned?

First off, I’ve learned that I have a lot to learn. This here below is a pile of pink clothes used to be white. This is a result of operator error, not the washer & dryers fault (although that’s not exactly what I *might* tell my husband).













Know what you should never do? Throw a bright red ugly sweater in with white clothes. I know, rocket science. Since then, I’ve, um, learned a thing or two about my Duets:

  • The washer and dryer has something called “smart temperature control” and 14 different settings. These settings and controls are there so that you don’t shrink, damage, or um, bleed your clothes into each other. Moving forward, this is very good to know. *ahem*.
  • They also have a feature that precision measures how much detergent/softener and bleach your load will need. Also, a very awesome eco-advanced feature to have. Doing as much laundry as I do, using only what’s needed is awesome on the pocketbook.

Given the amount I use these bad girls (they are ladies, I’ve decided), I’m so excited at how truly awesome they are. Honestly, they make my daily life just a bit easier. And I’ll take what I can get.

Got any questions for me or the ladies?

*I wrote this review while participating in a test-drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool and received a complimentary Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer to facilitate my review.



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  • Rochelle
    October 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    This looks pretty amazing..

  • Cathie McGeehan
    October 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love anything cinnamon

  • joanna
    October 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Do you use the detergent-measuring feature with cloth diapers?

  • Jessica
    October 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    “he gets paid in hugs and beer” sounds like my house… LOL! {love it!}

  • Melanie L
    October 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Would love to know how to get into the business of testing products like this. Please email me the details!