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Laundry Life with Whirlpool & my stay at the Real Whirled House


Because I knew you…………my (laundry) life has been changed for good.

Lets do a little recap of laundry life BD (Before Duets) and AD (After Duets) shall we?

TidyMom Laundry Life BD

  • Sort Colors
  • Wash colors in cold,  whites in hot.
  • Toss them on in on the normal cycle (washer and dryer)
  • Always use large load size

Laundry problems BD

  • dingy colors
  • trouble getting stains out
  • stinky clothes if left in washer
  • wrinkly clothes out of dryer

Now that I’ve had my Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer for 3 months I’m amazed at all the different ways I have to tackle my laundry all at the touch of a button!  and best of all……..our clothes look (and smell) better than ever!

TidyMom Laundry Life with Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer (AD)

  • sort by colors and more importantly, by weight
  • I can wash any size load!  My Duet Washer will detect the load size and adjust water, detergent and other settings accordingly (helps keep colors and fabrics looking great)
  • No longer doing every load on “Normal” – some of my favorite cycles:  Sheets, Pillows, Bulky, Hand Wash, Sanitize, Jeans, Towels, Enhanced touch up with steam
  • find out how to pre-treat my stains right from the touch screen on my Duet Washer
  • Fan Fresh keeps my clothes fresh if I can’t get them out of the washer right away
  • no more measuring and filling detergent every load;  precision dispensing does it for me!


I’ll have to be honest, when I first got my machines I thought “I will NEVER use all these settings, that’s just crazy

But the day I noticed the setting for pillows……and decided to try it out with my feather pillows I was SOLD! I have never been able to wash pillows with any success, and they came out beautifully clean and fresh!

With cold and flu season upon us and in full force around our house, the sanitize setting has been getting a lot of action!  It’s the longest cycle in the washer, but kills 99% of bacteria!  The Steam Cycle in the dryer can be used to sanitize backpacks!

The leap in technology made from my old washer and dryer to the Whirlpool Duet is amazing.  I’m still somewhat shocked by all the bells and whistles and continue to make new discoveries and uses all the time!

A few months ago I was given the opportunity to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Whirlpool testing facilities, visit World of Whirlpool  and invtied to stay at The Real Whirled House with seven other bloggers!

(left to right back back to front) Serendipty Mommy, Mommy Enterprises, Simply Being Mommy, Mom Spotted, 2 Wired 2 Tired, Me, Rockin’ Mama, Momma Findings

The Whirlpool Real Whirled House is located near Lake Michigan in Benton Harbor.  It has four kitchens, four laundry rooms, eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, all equipped with the latest Whirlpool appliances!   We were the first group of bloggers to experience the Whirlpool Real Whirled House.  This a cutting-edge training program is normally used to house new  Whirlpool employees.  Groups of eight stay in the Real Whirled House for six weeks to get  hands-on experience learn more about the Whirlpool appliances.  

Did you know that the Whirlpool Corporation brand names include: Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht, & Gladiator

I came home with an arsenal of tips, tricks, and information on laundry, cooking, and cleaning!

  • The first dishwasher was developed by Josephine Cochran in 1886 and she received the top award at the World’s Fair for the invention in 1893. (crazy huh?)
  • Whirlpool Dishwashers use only now 3 gallons of water. (10 years ago they used 10 gallons)
  • Hand washing dishes generally uses 27 gallons of water
  • Pre-rinsing your dishes uses 20 gallons of water (I really need to cut down on per-rinsing)
  • Whirlpool dishwashers are designed to sensors appropriate level of food particles if some dishes are per-rinsed more than others- dishes won’t be as clean. (sensors will be confused)
  • Clean your dishwasher filter frequently. (check the filter if your dishwasher appears to not be cleaning well)
Cooking & Baking
  • If you bake with dark cookie sheets or pans lower the temperature by 25 degrees to prevent burning.
  • When cooking with a convection oven set the temperature 25 degrees lower
  • Ever wonder why when you bake cookies you will get different results than someone else?  We learned that baking cookies on different cookie sheets will give different results.  We baked sugar cookies on four different cookies sheets using the same dough, in the same oven, at the same temperature, for the same length of time.  We saw four different results;  From one pan of burnt cookie to one pan that looked barely cooked.  Recommended Doughmaker aluminum cookie pan for best results.

Laundry Tips & Garment Care

  • By law the only thing that must be reported on the garment label is the fiber. (meaning they do not have to list things such as dyes, anti-wrinkle, etc.)
  • It’s just as important to sort clothing by weight as it is by color.
  • Always pre-treat stains.  Washing and drying will set a stain and be much harder to remove)
  • Baby formula stains are tough to remove, due to high protein.  Use a detergent with enzymes to help break down the protein.
  • Run sheets/fabrics thru the rinse cycle first, before washing when cleaning up after bed wetting or other accidents.
  • Only use HE detergent in HE machines. (you will void warranty if you don’t)
  • Using the wrong detergent in HE machine will: increase suds, which will increase residue and increase rinse time and decrease cleaning.

I  had a fantastic time in the gorgeous condo!  The whole experience on the Whirlpool Real Whirled trip was eye opening and exciting while we learned how to make life easier for Real World Moms!


“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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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. totally jealous.
    that is all.

    especially considering i wanted to strangle my washer yesterday…

  2. That is my dream laundry set, I would love that.

  3. No more smelly clothes? I need to start saving now.

  4. I think I’m in love with your washer and dryer! And what an amazing experience you got to have! How fun!

  5. Hope to maybe get something like this washer and dryer when we retire in a couple of years and move. Won’t take the old set, we’ll see what we can afford!!

  6. A PILLOW setting!!!
    Now that is FANCY! 😉

  7. Wow. Awesome stuff. In the pictures to the right of the group picture, THAT is my dream refrigerator. And the new Duet washer and dryer is something I would love to have for myself. Those look SO much advanced over my Duet pair I own. Wow. You are so very lucky to have been chosen for this.

  8. WOW- that is slick! Congrats!!

  9. I’m still love my Duet washer and dryer, too. I’ve washed every pillow in the house, which was awesome! One trick I’ve learned with drying thick comforters: use the Time Dry setting for 20 minutes and when the buzzer sounds, pull out the comfort and put it back in the dryer with the wettest sections on the outside, repeat until dry. Believe it or not the comforter will dry LOTS faster that way.


  10. Are all the controls and such on the front? Being in a wheelchair I need them that way. Oh to have them! They’re awesome!

  11. WOW that’s awsome!! I never would have thought that would be my reaction to a washer and dryer.. 🙂

  12. Looks like tons of fun! My friend and I have a laundry service from our homes and we would love a set of these. I’ve read alot of the reviews on these and to say I want one is an understatement! Thanks for all your reviews.
    San Diego Laundry Care

  13. Do you have a way to get mildew smell out of the duet washer? I just moved into a house that has the set but the washer smells awful. Do you have any other maintaince suggestions?

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