Wash Setting Symbols on a Washing Machine
Again, check your manual. Every machine is different and if you want to get the best out of your machine, it is important to know how best to use it. After the investment of purchasing a washing machine, it’s worth a few minutes of your time to learn how to use it properly.
You will notice several dials on the control panel of your machine, no matter the brand:
- The largest dial will be for wash type. There may be options for fabrics like cotton, colours, synthetics, sports clothes, wool, curtains, and more.
- Another one will be for temperature, usually ranging from 30-90. Consider the type of clothes you’re washing and the quality of your detergent when setting this. Cooler washes may need a good bio detergent like Persil Bio Caps to clean clothes fully.
- The third dial, if you have one, is usually designed to control the drying spin cycle in terms of dryness and/or the amount of time you want your clothes to tumble for. Options will include closet-ready dry, damp (good for ironing afterwards) and no spin at all. It is critical to choose an appropriate setting for the types of fabrics you are washing. Drying is where many clothes lose their shape or size so beware!
The symbols on a washing machine around the dials will match the list of options on the panel, which are usually numbered. Simply pick which wash cycle suits the load, turn the dial to indicate your choice, put in your detergent, and press start!
Most machines will display the amount of time the wash takes so you know when to come back and retrieve your clothes or begin the drying process. There will likely be other, smaller buttons, for separate options like eco-wash, time delay, and the almighty on/off button.