SWASH was launched in 2014 as a joint clothing care venture between Whirlpool Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of laundry appliances, and Procter & Gamble's Tide brand. The name is actually a reincarnation of P&G's Swash products from several years ago that included odor-reducing and wrinkle-removing sprays to help customers get one more wearing out of their washable or dry clean only garments. This time the stakes were much bigger.
SWASH Clothing Care System
The SWASH appliance, which is large enough to hang a man's extra large suit jacket inside, was developed for use in a consumer's bedroom to help neutralize odors, remove wrinkles, and restore a garment's fit. It uses gel-filled cleaning pods and high heat to freshen clothes.
SWASH is available in two colors: charcoal grey and linen. The linen finish is light tan in color and has a texture that resembles fabric.
The appliance is large and needs a 120-volt electrical outlet. With the door closed, the device measures 51 inches tall x 16.5 inches wide x 30 inches deep. You will need an additional 30 to 35 inches when the door is opened to load in a garment for refreshing.
SWASH sells for around $400. A box of twelve Swash pods is sold separately and cost around 70 cents per use.
How SWASH Works
SWASH comes with one hanger for your clothes and works best by refreshing only one garment at a time. However, you can order an extra hanger and put two lightweight pieces in at the same time.
When placing the piece of clothing on the hanger, all buttons and zippers should be closed to help the garment maintain its optimum shape. There are also smoothing clips attached to the frame of the inner door to help stretch the fabric and get as smooth as possible on the hanger. These should not be used with stretchy fabrics like knits because over-stretching can occur.
The one-time use gel-filled pod is placed in the top bar on the interior hanging structure. The door is closed and SWASH begins to heat up the gel pod solution. Keep the gel pods at room temperature for better results. A cold pod will not dissolve completely. Four nozzles within the machine spray the garment with the gel solution, hydrating the fibers to release wrinkles and adding scent. The heat of the appliance then dries the garment in around 10 minutes. There is a 15-minute setting for heavier pieces or those that are excessively wrinkled.
Remove and discard the empty pod and you're ready for the next garment. After a few cycles, there is a reservoir in the bottom of the machine that will need to be emptied of excess moisture.
The pods come in four varieties: Unwind (hint of lavender), Recharge (gentle, clean scent), Awaken (strong floral scent). and Unscented.
SWASH is recommended for safe use with denim, wool, polyester, lycra, and cotton fabrics. Because the internal temperature is not excessively high (190 degrees F.), SWASH can be used to refresh beaded and sequined garments as well as lace clothes. It is not safe to use with leather, suede, velvet, silk, or fur pieces.
Pros and Cons of SWASH
- Pro: Simple to use.
- Pro: Requires no special electrical wiring or plumbing.
- Pro: Works well to remove light wrinkling and makes heavy wrinkles less prominent.
- Pro: Helps remove food, smoke and body odors.
- Con: Does not give dress shirts a crisp finish.
- Con: Does not remove stains.
- Con: Expensive investment.
- Con: Manufacture of the appliance has been discontinued by Whirlpool.
SWASH is a great looking product, perfect for a high-end closet of a busy professional man or woman. While the design and the technology used to create the appliance is new, the concept is not. SWASH uses much the same refreshing process as in-home dry cleaning kits. The biggest exception is a home dry cleaning kit that you use in your clothes dryer includes a spot remover for stains. SWASH does not. Of course, most of us don't have our clothes dryer in our bedroom closet.
Whirlpool has discontinued the manufacture of SWASH. The appliances and refill pods are still available online but supplies and selection is limited.