Sort clothes into categories by color, soil level, and fabric content. Each sorted pile becomes a wash load. As you’re sorting, note which items need to be mended or pretreated for stains. Use these suggested categories:
Note that traditional agitator washers and detergents are designed to clean clothes using high volumes of water. High-efficiency washers use low water volumes and, therefore, need high-efficiency detergents. Consult detergent packages for general guidelines. Measure accurately.
Most loads of laundry can be satisfactorily cleaned with a wash time of about six minutes. Dirtier clothes require a longer wash cycle. Consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to set dials or electronic controls on your washing machine. If you do not have access to specific instructions, use these basic guidelines:
Consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on setting water temperature. If you do not have access to specific instructions, use these basic guidelines:
Start the machine. Let it complete the wash, rinse, and spin cycles before opening the lid or door and unloading clothing. Shake clothing before hanging to air-dry or drying in a clothes dryer.