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Whirlpool Swash freshens and spruces up clothes at home (pictures)

For $400 plus the proprietary pods, the Whirlpool Swash will breathe a little freshness and improved feel into dresswear and delicate garments.

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Large, wide and thin

Weighing 80 pounds and standing a full 4 feet, 3 inches, don't think lightly about where the Swash will live in your home.

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Refresh pods sold seperately

The ability to refresh clothing items doesn't come for nothing, since Swash pods will cost extra.

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Drop your pod inside

You place Swash pods on a special receptacle in the machine's door.

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Next hang your garments

After dropping in a Swash pod, you need to hang the item of clothing you wish to treat using the included hanger.

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The clips help smooth out wrinkles

A series of "smoothing clips" grab onto clothes to stretch out wrinkles and creases.

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See your progress in lights

To communicate how much time is left in a current Swash cycle, the machine sports a line of LEDs that graphically tick off the remaining time.

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Very smooth but not pressed

While the Swash does an admirable job of removing many wrinkles, it's no substitute for ironing or dry-cleaning.

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Make old denim more dashing

The Swash proved particularly adept at improving the smell, feel and fit of lived-in denim jeans.

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