FRESH AND CLEAN: Whirlpool wants to help consumers cut down on their dry cleaning bills.
The company’s new Fabric Freshener, a portable appliance said to eliminate wrinkles and odors from clothing, is already available online at whirlpool.com and will hit stores over Labor Day weekend. Introduced at the International Builder Show in January, the Fabric Freshener works on water and resembles a large garment bag. It’s equipped with three cycles — heavy duty, normal and delicate — and works on everything from wool to silk, as well as special items that are beaded or embroidered with sequins.
Weighing in at 27 pounds and measuring 10 inches by 32.5 inches by 1 foot when closed, the device was created as a more portable version of the company’s Personal Valet, which was introduced in 2001 and took up more room.