How To Use A Washing Machine? (A Complete Guide)

When we talk about convenient home appliances, washing machines top the list. However, everything becomes a task if you don’t know how to use it. If you have never used a washing machine, it can become slightly tricky to figure out how to do your first batch of laundry.

However, this article will serve as a guide to acquaint you with using a washing machine.


How to separate your garments? 

How to separate your garments? 

Separating your garments can become a headache if you do not know how to separate them according to fabrics, colors, and types.

1. Special cleaning instructions can be found on the labeling:

You should always check the labeling of your clothes to be sure if they are washing machine safe or not. Some other garments can shrink if you do not use the suggested water instructions. 

Some clothes might lose their color if you use bleach on them. There are specific garments that you cannot wash in your washing machine, like silk or your delicates.

Sort out the clothes that suggest that they cannot be washed in the machine.

If you cannot find the labels in your shirts, you can quickly locate them on the inside of the shirt or inside of the neck area of your shirt.

If you are searching for a label in your pants, you can find them inside or hidden behind the back pockets.


2. Sort your laundry into “color” categories:

If you have purchased a new garment, you should always make sure that you wash them separately because they can lose color during the first wash.

 If your garments lose color during a wash cycle, they can bleed onto other clothes. You should always make sure that you differentiate your clothes by shade. 

You can easily separate your dark-colored clothes from your light-colored garments and wash them in separate wash cycles.

Your dark colors can include blacks, dark blues, dark red, burgundy, etc.

Your light color can include white, yellow is, or any other bright and light shade.

You should make sure that you wash all the white clothes separately. This will make sure that you do not ruin your white clothes.

Jeans and denim can easily bleed their color, and you should always make sure that you do not wash them with any other clothes.


3. Sort your clothing into piles based on their fabric weight:

Your garments can face slight wear and tear if you do not sort your heavy clothes from the light ones

Since the washing machine washes your entire clothes at one go and in the same motion, heavy garments can ruin your light clothes. 

This is also suggested since the temperature and water pressure would differ while washing heavy clothes and light clothes.

Delicate laundry like your lingerie and washable silks should be washed separately.

Bath towels, jackets, and more can be categorized as heavy fabrics.

However, if you choose to wash all your clothes together by sorting them into different fabrics, that will work too.


4. Mesh wash bags should be used for delicates:

If you do not feel like washing your delicate clothes separately from the rest of your clothes, this technique will help you. You can quickly put your dirty delegates in a mesh bag and throw them in the washer along with other garments. 

However, it is recommended that you don’t put all your delicates in one mesh bag to wash them.

Mesh bags can help protect your delicate clothes from heavy ones, but they cannot stop a color bleed. Make sure that you do not wash light colors with dark ones.


5. Sort the stained garments:

It would be best never to put your dirty stainless garments with stained garments. This is because you would have to pre-treat those garments with other ingredients.

You should usually avoid washing your stained garments in a washing machine. If you throw your stained clothes in the washing machine, the chances are that they will become more difficult to remove.


How to set up your washing machine?

set up your washing machine



You need to follow a few steps before setting up your washing machine. They are-

1. Start your washing machine:

Now all you need to do is close the door of your washing machine and hit the start button. All your work will be done in a span of 15 to 30 minutes.


2. Select the appropriate washing cycle:

washing cycle

Your washing machine needs to be set on 2 speeds. One speed is used to determine how fast or slow your clothes agitate or tumble with water. The other one is used to determine the speed by which water spins out of the clothes. 

You should always make sure that your washing cycle matches the fabric you are putting inside the washing machine. This helps to clean your clothes effectively and efficiently.

1. Normal cycle:

A fast/fast approach is followed during a normal cycle. This cycle tumbles the water fast and spins the water fast as well. A normal cycle is used to clean extremely dirty and sweaty clothes, and this cycle is used almost regularly. 

You can easily put in heavy fabrics like denim, towels, and beddings in a normal wash cycle.


2. Permanent or perm press:

A fast/slow approach is followed during a perm press cycle. The fabrics that use the perm press cycle need rapid agitation but slow water spin-out to prevent wrinkles. 

You can easily use this perm press cycle on rayons, polyesters, and more. Synthetic fibers can easily create small balls of fiber known as pilling, and slow spin cycles help in preventing that.


3. Delicate cycle:

A slow/slow approach is used in a delicate cycle. The delicate cycle helps in reducing the tumbling speed and prevents any damage done to the fabrics. 

Sequenced clothing, lingerie, laced fabrics, or any sheer fabrics can easily be cleaned using a delicate cycle. However, your clothes might not seem as clean since the cleaning happens slowly.


4. Special cycle:

The modern technology of washing machines includes a special cycle to steam, sanitize, and protect your white clothes. 

Special cycles can be differentiated based on the manufacturers. It is best if you consult your manual for further details.


3. Set the temperature of the water:

If we consult our theory, we can find that the more hot water you use, the cleaner your clothes will be. This happens because hot water can better kill germs and sanitize your clothes. 

It also helps dissolve your detergent more efficiently and does not leave built-up grime on your clothes. This is why your garments seem much brighter and cleaner. However, this is not the case with every fabric. 

Some fabrics can easily shrink if you add hot water to them. So you need to be very careful before selecting the water temperature for your materials.

  • You can use cool water for the clothes that are delicate and that do not need to be deep cleaned.
  • Using warm water in the permanent cycle can help thoroughly clean your dark colors and heavy fabrics.
  • You can use hot water for any heavy fabric like towels, beddings, or any garment that is extremely dirty.
  • If you want to wash your clothes and save on energy gently, you should go for cold water. Coldwater does not draw energy for warming up.
  • Some washing machines already come with an installed temperature for different cycles.


4. Fill the container with detergent and additional boosters, such as fabric softener:

fabric softener

You should be very careful about putting your detergents in the right segment. You should also be cautious about only using the detergent that your washing machine can handle. 

Washing machines that are available in today’s time can handle many different types of detergents, including bleaches.

They also have a separate drawer to dispense your detergent. Once you add your detergent to the dispenser, your machine will do all the work for you.

  • There is no separate dispenser for the detergent if we talk about top load washing machines. All you need to do is add your detergent directly into the drum. 

It is recommended that you add your detergent or fabric softener before throwing your clothes in the washing machine. This will help in preventing any stains caused by strong detergents.

  • There is no specific amount to how much detergent you can use. To figure this out, you should always read the instructions provided in the detergent box so that you do not overuse your detergent.


5. Fill your washer with laundry:

Fill your washer with laundry

Now all you need to do is throw all your clothes in your washing machine drum, to begin with, the cycle. One thing that you should make sure of is that you do not put a lot of clothes into the washing machine together. 

Modern washing machines also come with a new technology that tells you if your load is small, medium, or heavy. This also helps the washing machine adjust the water flow according to the size of your load.

  • If you see only ⅓ (one-third) of your washing machine filled with clothes, then you can consider it as a small load.
  • If you see ½ (half) of your machine filled with clothes, then you can consider it as a medium load.
  • If you see ¾ (three-fourths) or 75% of your machine filled with clothes, then you can consider it as a large load.



1. Where does detergent go in a washing machine? 

You should always put the detergent and fabric softeners in the right dispensers. Powder detergent can be placed in the largest sections of your drawer. 


2. Can you put detergent directly in the washer? 

You can do this if you have a top load washing machine, but you should make sure that your detergent goes at the bottom of the drum before putting in clothes. 


Also Read:

How to use a Semi-Automatic Washing Machine?

Front Load VS Top Load Washer: Which is the Best?

Semi-Automatic vs Fully Automatic Washing Machine


The Bottom Line-

Washing machines are made to ease your work. You should not feel that using a washing machine has become a task. We hope that this article helped you learn how to use your washing machine.

In the comment section below, let us know how you separate your clothes before washing them. 

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