This is a sponsored post for ASKO
The first I ever heard of asthma or allergies was when I was a kid and reading my way through the Baby-Sitter’s Club books. Mary-Anne’s boyfriend Logan’s little brother Hunter (you still with me?) had severe allergies to pets and therefore couldn’t have one. Bummer. And my first brush with asthma was little Eddie Kaspbrak, who sucked on his inhaler pretty much every five minutes in the Stephen King book IT, and finally used it as a weapon against Pennywise the evil clown, shouting “this is battery acid, you slime!”. What a legend.
While I’ve never suffered from asthma or allergies myself, apparently allergy and immune diseases are among the fastest-growing chronic conditions in Australia. One in four people will be affected at some point in their lives, with infants and small children particularly susceptible. Living with these conditions can severely affect quality of life – I mean, my husband gets hayfever and that looks miserable enough. I can only imagine how much asthma, allergies and even sensitive skin can make your days difficult.
In an effort to combat the issue, ASKO has released the Allergy Washing Machine specifically designed for people suffering asthma and allergy. It is approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program, and is recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association.
Now I have not used this machine myself, and that’s not usually how I do things, but I couldn’t pass up the chance of a reader who really needs this being able to win it at no cost to them. The ASKO W6888ALLERGY Washer features higher rinsing levels and improved spin cycles that help remove detergent and soap residue (if you use that sort of thing). It even has an extra load-free cycle to rinse the drum and ensure the machine is clean.
The water is re-heated* for five minutes during the main wash, which reduces allergens, and the machine itself has no rubber bellows in the door like a regular machine. Instead it uses SmartSeal™ technology which means your garments will not come in contact with rubber and helps make loading and unloading more hygienic. The machine is also a hefty 7kg, which is great for large families.
If you would like to win one for yourself, then simply leave a comment with your 25-words-or-less answer to the question: What’s your top laundry tip?
The winner will be selected by ASKO based on the creativity of your response, and will be contacted via email (by me!) and also announced on the Veggie Mama Facebook and Twitter pages. What you will receive is an ASKO W6888 Allergy Washing Machine valued at $2,099, with delivery and installation.
The fine print:
*The competition is open to Australian permanent residents aged 18 years and over.
*Employees of ASKO and their families are not permitted to enter.
*The competition will close on October 31, 2013.
*Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or any other product.
*Prize will be delivered to the winner’s residential address in Australia.
So what are you waiting for? Give us your top tip! And good luck!
* A hot wash (above 55°c) is most affective in killing dust mites