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Whirlpool Personal Valet questions.....
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Post# 288860   7/5/2008 at 22:10 (3,391 days old) by mihi ()        

Does anyone know about the Whirlpool Personal Valet? I just picked one up today. I've ordered the liquid cleaner solution for it from Proctor&Gamble so I can try this thing out. Do they work?

I don't know the least thing about it other than some simple instructions on the inside door and what I've found on the internet.

Post# 288873 , Reply# 1   7/5/2008 at 22:38 (3,391 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Nothing more than a steam cabinet, commonly found in commercial laundries/dry cleaners for removing wrinkles and "refreshing" clothing. Same affects can be had by hanging items on a shower curtain rod in a hot and moist bathroom, and shutting the door for a bit. For "scent" one could throw some herbs or other fragrance into the tub of water.

Mind you for those not willing to go the shower curtain/bathroom route, and like such things, the Whirlpool Valet is fine for what it is.

Post# 289072 , Reply# 2   7/6/2008 at 20:45 (3,391 days old) by mihi ()        

The Proctor & Gamble detergent made for it has some benefits that you won't get with just a steam bath. At least that's what they claim anyway. The stuff is dam expensive too! I'd like to know what's in it besides water and a scent. I might run some tests and try just distilled water without anything, and then the P&G fluid and see if we can tell a difference.

Post# 289073 , Reply# 3   7/6/2008 at 20:52 (3,391 days old) by andrewinorlando ()        

Mike -

Does Whirlpool actually claim that this stuff cleans? Or is it just to freshen clothes only? Kind of reminds me of products like Dryel.

Post# 289179 , Reply# 4   7/7/2008 at 09:23 (3,390 days old) by mihi ()        

Well, it "revitalizes" cloths. You have to clean any spots/stains prior to, but it neutralizes odors and of course gets wrinkles out.

I went to the Presiva (this is the fluid used) patent and read much of the patent last night to get an idea about what it actually does. Since I'm not a chemist I don't fully understand it, but do some of it. Launderess is right that steam vapor has a very positive effect on both wrinkles and to some extent neutralizing odors, but there are several more chemicals in Presiva than H2O, so its worth a try. I might get my nephew who is a chemical engineer to take a look at this patent and give me an opinion. I'd like for him to come up with some mixture for the fluid that I could use and make for pennies, rather than buy for dollars.

Post# 289319 , Reply# 5   7/7/2008 at 21:56 (3,389 days old) by mihi ()        

Oh, and one thing I do remember when reading the patent, there was alcohol, salts, and silicon in Presiva.

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