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?
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.
2. Check pockets.
Make sure no tissues, gum, coins, or anything else gets into the drum.
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.
4. Dose correctly.
Follow the instructions on your laundry detergent packaging for the load size, soiling, and water hardness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3. Add detergent to the machine.
Use either the detergent dispenser drawer or add the detergent directly into the drum of the machine.
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.
5. Select the right cycle.
Follow the instructions on the fabric care label.
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.