I think I’m the first person – maybe the only person – in Rochester to buy a Swash.
When I went to pick up my pre-ordered machine at the Best Buy in Henrietta, the clerk had never heard of a Swash. She searched on the shelves behind the counter for my order. I told her it’s likely in back and will need a couple people to put into my dad’s SUV. Another clerk told me this was the first Swash the store had sold.
As we wheeled out the refrigerator-sized box, a woman said, “What is THAT?”
I said, “It’s sort of a home dry-cleaning system.”
That was a month ago. I have no regrets about my $499 purchase. I use it all the time.
The Swash is a new product made by Proctor & Gamble. It’s a skinny machine that’s more than four feet tall. It plugs into a regular outlet. You hang up your garment and use clips to make the fabric taut. Pop in a cleaning pod, which cost about 58 cents each. Press the button for a 10 or 15-minute cycle. The garment comes out wrinkle-free and smelling great.
The Swash does not get out stains. You can only Swash one garment at a time. I had to play with the clips to figure out how to get the best results. It could use a better hanger for skirts and pants, but still does a decent job on these items. I found the Swash is absolutely perfect for dresses, sweaters, shirts and jackets.
Virtually my entire professional wardrobe is dry clean only. I can wear something two to three times max before it loses its shape and smells. Sometimes that happens after only one wear. With dry cleaning now running $6-8, I think the Swash will save me money and extend the life of my clothes. Some clothes will still need dry cleaning, but the trips will be few and far between.
I now have friends asking me to Swash items for them when they’re in a hurry or don’t want to go to the cleaner.
In summary, I think this is a really cool invention. P&G is onto something here. I bet future versions will be less costly and much-improved. The Swash is obviously not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me!
Side note: I might be a bit of clothes horse, but I buy most of my work clothes on eBay. You can buy a lot of brand new stuff on eBay for way less than department store prices!
Another side note: No one paid me to write this.
Come on, Help?
Apparently, I’m not a great fundraiser. I posted on my Facebook page about the Women’s Foundation 5k and Walk. I didn’t get a single extra donation or team member. This is such a great group. It supports women and girls in poverty by helping them become economically self-sufficient. Poverty may not be the sexiest issue, but it’s one that affects thousands and thousands of families in our community. Even $5 would make a difference. I would also love to meet you on October 26 if you want to come out and walk!
Links of the Day:
– Some Buffalo school board members want to explore boarding schools for poor students.
– There’s no way the Rochester Police Department would have held a press conference for a kid punching a staff member. But that’s what Gates police did.
– Andrew Cuomo proposes creation of state Office of Faith-Based Services.
– The state is investing $750 million in a company with no track record.
– “To support a fair trial for Thomas Johnson III is not the same as supporting Thomas Johnson III.”
– A white woman confronted cops who thought a black man was a burglar.
– NBC News story on artificial turf and health risks is thin.
– Jim Boeheim once hung up on Bill Clinton, who wouldn’t stop talking about game.