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August 24, 2005

Do your laundry for free — on the world's finest machines

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This is why you pay me the money you do.

To give you insider tips you won't find anywhere else, no matter how hard you look.

In yesterday's Washington Post Business section was a story about the recent acquisition of Maytag by Whirlpool.

Whirlpool paid more than $1.7 billion in cash and stock for the venerable Iowa company and its assets, including — I assume — its herd of cows used to produce world–famous Maytag Blue Cheese. But I digress.

Under a photo used to illustrate the story was the following caption:

"Maytag store owner Jake Herndon IV says customers can bring in their own laundry to try out the washers and dryers."

Whoa.

That's huge.

Because if you live in a decent–sized city you can probably do this at lots of places — once.

So let's say you do your laundry every two weeks.

That means that all you have to do is pick a likely store, drag in your sweaty, stinky clothes and say you're seriously considering buying a washer and dryer, but since the ones you're looking at are very expensive, more than you're used to paying for such appliances, you'd like to see how they perform.

"Be my guest" is what you'll hear from the great majority of store owners.

I'll bet they even supply the detergent and all, but just to be on the safe side bring your own.

While your clothes are drying, bop over to Whole Foods and have lunch or dinner on the house.

Between the free samples, produce section and bulk foods you should have a very pleasant repast.

Then return for your fluffy, warm and dry clothes, as clean as they've ever been, say "I'm impressed," fill your laundry bags and go home.

You can thank me some other time.

Just trying to make your life a little better, every day, in some small way.

August 24, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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