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Where do I put fabric conditioner, washing powder, or liquid detergent in my washing machine?

It may seem like a simple question, but do you know where to put fabric conditioner? Read on for tips and suggestions for soft & clean laundry!

Where Do I Put Fabric Softener in My Washing Machine?

Who hasn’t asked this question? Even if you have a confident understanding of how to use laundry detergent, how much to use, and where to put it, you may still find yourself wondering where to put fabric softener.

Since it’s not used in every load, we get a little less practice with it. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of deciding where to put fabric softener and other washing products in your washing machine. It is always a good idea to refer to the manufacturer’s manual but here are some general guidelines to get you started:

Determine the type of washing machine you have. Is it top loading or front loading?

The type of machine you have determines the type of detergent you should use, in addition to your choice of using liquid or powder (we’ll tell you where to put washing powder in the following steps, don’t worry!)

Next up, you need to add your detergent to the wash! Getting this step right is crucial if you want to get the best results from your machine and you should follow this guidance:

In a front loading washing machine, there will be a drawer: the small bucket is for fabric conditioner, the larger bucket is for detergent, and if there is a third, it is meant for a pre-wash product. All products should be measured and added according to the product labels.

In a top loading washing machine, you should measure and pour directly into the drum of the machine as it is filling with water, or down the centre of the detergent drawer if there is one. Do not add the detergent or softener to the top of the load – it will not thoroughly clean anything below the top layer.

The fabric softener can be added either in the dispenser provided, or, in the case of a top-loader, manually into the load of clothing when it’s in the rinse stage. You can also add it at the same time as your detergent, but you will notice the result is a little less soft! For more tips on where to put fabric conditioner and how to get the best results, click here.

Add your load of clothing, and firmly close the lid or door. Select your preferred washing cycle, temperature, and spin and press start!

Hopefully you now have a clear answer to where to put fabric softener in washing machines of all kinds. For more info and for answers to other laundry related questions, you can be sure that Cleanipedia has an answer!

For further instructions, take a look at the video below:

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Once you know where to put washing powders and softeners in your machine, consider the results. If your clothes are a little less clean or soft than you’d like, it may be because you are using the wrong type of detergent! Surf and Comfort work perfectly together, and in all types of washing machines.