How to load a washing machine



25.07.2021

Loading your washing machine isn’t difficult, but there’s certainly more to it than just taking your clothes and putting them in. If you master how to load your top-load, front-load or HE washing machine properly, you will not only have much better laundry results, but it will also help you cut down on waste. Read on and discover all you need to know about how to load your washer.

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How to load a washing machine: A step-by-step guide

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Step 1 – Sort your laundry

The first step of washing with a washing machine should always be sorting your laundry. Whites, dark colours, light colours and delicates should be sorted and washed separately to avoid any dry transfer. You should also check the fabric label on your garments to make sure they need no special treatment. If you’re unsure, check out our more detailed guide on how to sort your laundry.

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Step 2 – Check pockets

Make sure to check all the pockets to avoid tissues, gum, coins or anything else getting into the drum. A single tissue can cause a real mess, and a coin can easily cause permanent damage to your washer, so never skip this step.

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Step 3 – Fill the machine

Put your clothes into the machine, but avoid overloading. No matter if you have a top-loading or front-loading washer, you can always use your hand to determine if you’re overloading your washing machine. If there’s enough place between your clothes and the drum for your palm to fit in, you’re good to go. If there’s not enough space, you’ll need to take something out.

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Step 4 – Dose correctly

Follow the instructions on the packaging of your laundry detergent, based on load size, soiling and water hardness.

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Step 5 – Select your wash cycle

If you’re washing clothes that aren’t heavily stained, use a lower temperature to save energy.

There are a few other points to consider when loading your washing machine, like drum size. Read on to see more details about correctly loading your machine.

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Drum size matters when loading a washer

Your washing machine has a weight limit, so you should do everything to avoid overloading it. On average, washing machines can handle 5 kgs of clothes. Check out your machine’s guide to make sure, but here’s an approximate amount you can count with:

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  • Medium load – about 3-4 kgs of garments, washer is half full or above
  • Large load – about 5-7 kgs of garments, washer is almost full
  • Extra-large load – about 8 kgs of garments, washer at full capacity

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A full load in a washing machine

When washing, it’s always worth waiting until you have a full load worth of clothes to throw into the machine. To save money, electricity and water, just wait until you can wash a full load, or use the half load setting on your washer if you have one.

You can easily test if your washer is full with the help of your hands. If your palm just fits between the clothes and the drum, you have a full load. You can also determine the size of the load by the number of clothes you’ve put in:

  • Medium load – about 6 T-shirts, 2 skirts, 2 sweaters, 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of underwear
  • Large load – 12 T-shirts, 3 skirts, 2 sweaters, 5 pairs of pants, 4 pairs of underwear
  • Extra-large load – 12 T-shirts, 6, skirts, 8 sweaters, 6 pairs of pants, 6 pairs of underwear

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Dose it right

While knowing how to load a washer the right way is key, it’s also important to dose detergents correctly. The amount of detergent changes with the size of the load, and whether you’re using liquid detergent, powder detergent, or Ariel PODS. With fully automatic machines, even the location of the detergent changes, you’ll need to put the detergent into the detergent drawer instead of the drum.

For effective stain removal, always pay attention to dosing instructions. Use less detergent in case of half a load, and pay attention to water hardness and the dirtiness of your garments.

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How to load a semi-automatic washing machine?

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Step 1 - Choose the right detergent

Choose a detergent that’s compatible with your semi-automatic washing machine, like Ariel Complete Washing Powder.

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Step 2 – Check dosing instructions

Check the package to see how much laundry detergent you’re supposed the use. The amount will vary based on the size of the load, the hardness of the water and the level of soiling.

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Step 3 – Add detergent to the machine

Use either the detergent dispenser drawer or add the detergent directly into the drum of the machine.

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Step 4 – Add your garments

Put the load into the drum, while ensuring you’re not forcing the garments in, overloading the machine. Test it with your palm if there’s enough room between the load and the drum, and if there’s not, take out a few items.

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Step 5 – Select the right cycle

Follow the instructions on the fabric care label.

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Have you ever thought about how loading your washing machine correctly can make a difference? Well it can, not just in giving you much better laundry results, but it can also help you cut down on waste. So how should you load your washing machine?

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How to load a washing machine: The basics

It’s not difficult to load a washing machine, but there is a little more to it than just taking your clothes and putting them in. Follow our step-by-step guide to load your washing machine properly.

How to load a washing machine: A step-by-step guide

1. Sort your laundry.

Your first step when it comes to machine washing must always be sorting. Whites, dark colours, light colours, and delicates should be sorted and washed separately. For larger loads, sort by colour shade. You should also check garments’ fabric care labels tomake sure they need no special treatment. You can read more about how to sort your laundry.

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2. Check pockets.

Make sure no tissues, gum, coins, or anything else gets into the drum.

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3. Fill the machine.

Avoid overloading the washing machine. Some fully-automatic washing machines open from the top; these are top loading machines. Some open from the front; these are front loading machines. However, asides from the location of the door, there is littledifference when it comes to loading the machine. Use your palm to see if there is enough space. If your hand doesn’t fit, take something out.

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4. Dose correctly.

Follow the instructions on your laundry detergent packaging for the load size, soiling, and water hardness.

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5. Select your wash cycle.

If you are washing clothes that are not stained or soiled heavily, use a lower temperature cycle to save on energy.

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There are a few other points to consider when loading your washing machine, like drum size. Read on to see more details about correctly loading your machine.

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Drum size matters

Did you know your washing machine also has a weight limit? The average washing machine can take 5kg of laundry, so take care not to overload your machine.However, you can get machines with larger drums that can wash bigger loads. If you have a big family or large loads of laundry to do, a higher capacity machine with a big drum might be more efficient for you as you can get more washing done atonce, and cut down on the cost of doing more washes and the time it takes.

However, a bigger washing machine means a bigger drum, which will require more detergent. Not only is there more dirt, but there’s more water, too. So follow the dosing instructions on your Ariel Detergent packaging, making sure you also accountfor the size of the drum, along with the load size, soiling, and water hardness.

If you use too much detergent, you’re not only wasting detergent, but you may need to rewash your clothes as you’ll produce too much suds, which can leave unwanted stains behind on your clothes. Too little detergent, on the other hand,may leave your clothes almost as dirty as when you put them in. Striking the right balance is essential.

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A full load

It’s worth waiting until you have a full load worth of clothes to throw into the washing machine first, though. If you don’t fill up the machine, then you’re just wasting electricity and water. If you can, wait until you can washa full load. Otherwise, take advantage of your machine’s half load setting if it has one.

However, be careful not to overload the machine. A simple way to do this is with the 1-palm trick. Just place your hand into the drum: it’s as easy as that. If your hand fits in with nothing else, then you have the perfect load. If you can’tsqueeze your hand in, then take something out. If you find you’ve got more space in there, put more clothes in: you don’t want to waste water.

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Dose it right

While your load is important, it’s also important to dose detergents correctly. It doesn’t matter that you’ve loaded perfectly if you add too much or too little detergent, not to mention that the amount you need will change dependingon whether you are using liquid detergent or dosing with powder detergent.Also, for a fully-automatic washing machine, you will want to add the detergent to the detergent drawer, and not the drum of the machine.

It’s necessary to make sure you get the right amount of Ariel detergent into the wash for effective stain removal, so pay attention to the dosing instructions. If you’re running a half load, use less detergent, and pay attention to yourwater hardness and the dirtiness of your garments.

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How to load a semi-automatic washing machine

If you have a semi-automatic washing machine, the loading process will be a little different compared to using a fully-automatic machine. However, some of the core principles still apply like not overloading the machine and getting the dose right.Follow our step-by-step instructions for semi-automatic washing machines.

How to load a semi-automatic washing machine: A step-by-step guide

1. Use the right detergent.

Choose a detergent suitable for a semi-automatic washing machine, like Ariel Complete Washing Powder.

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2. Check dosage instructions on the pack.

The amount of detergent you use will depend on the size of the load, the hardness of the water, and the level of soiling.

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3. Add detergent to the machine.

Use either the detergent dispenser drawer or add the detergent directly into the drum of the machine.

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4. Add the laundry load to the machine.

Make sure you don’t overload the machine or force the garments in. If the machine is too full, take out a few items.

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5. Select the right cycle.

Follow the instructions on the fabric care label.

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No matter whether you have a fully-automatic, semi-automatic, front loading or top loading washing machine, you now know how to load a washer, and with Ariel, you can see outstanding results in 1 wash.

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