How to load a washing machine

Loading your washing machine correctly can give you a much better wash, while also cutting down on waste. So how can you make sure you always load your washing machine properly?

Your first step when it comes to machine washing must always be sorting. Whites, dark colours, light colours and delicates should be separated out and washed separately. For larger loads, sort by colour shade. You should also check their fabric care labels to make sure they need no special treatment.

One extra tip: check all pockets to make sure no tissues, gum, coins, or anything else gets into the drum.

Drum size matters

A bigger drum requires more detergent. Not only is there more dirt, but there’s more water, too. Follow the dosing instructions on your Ariel Detergent pack for perfect results. Too much detergent and you’re not only wasting, but you may need to wash your clothes again. Too little and you’ll probably take out clothes almost as dirty as when you put them in. How do you know how full is too full, though? Well there’s a simple trick to finding out whether you’ve stuffed too many garments into your washing machine: the palm trick.

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 wash a full load. Otherwise, take advantage of your machine’s half load setting, if it has one. An easy 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’t squeeze 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.

Dose it right

While you load, it’s also important to dose detergents correctly. It doesn’t matter if you load perfectly if you add too much or too little detergent.

It’s important 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 your water hardness and the dirtiness of your garments.

When you load in the clothes, you should be able to fit one hand into the top of the drum. If you can’t, take out something. If there’s too much space, add something else or consider waiting until you can do a full wash.