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How to Use the Washing Machine

Wondering how to wash your clothes in a washing machine? Find out how to use a washing machine here.

Key Steps:

  • When choosing a washing machine, bare in mind that although both kinds of machine will save you time and effort, a fully automatic machine will do more of the work for you.
  • Make sure you use the correct method for a fully automatic machine, or semi-automatic machine.
  • Always follow the guidelines set out in the manufacturers instructions.
  • Check the care labels in your clothes before deciding on which wash setting to use.


Once you learn the basics of how to use a washing machine, you’ll realise it’s not too difficult. This article gives you tips to use washing machines correctly, and explains what’s involved in running a washing cycle.

If you’ve just bought your very first washing machine, you’ll naturally have a lot of questions about how to get the best results from it – maybe you’re even worried about how to use it correctly at all! Have no fear, we’ve gathered tips on how to wash clothes in a washing machine successfully. You can also find out lots more handy tips on using a washing machine on the Surf excel site.

How to Wash Clothes in Washing Machines of Different Types

Fully automatic washing machines make things easy for you – all you have to do is add your clothes and detergent, and then choose the appropriate setting!

A semi-automatic washing machine is also a great labour-saving device for any home. Even better, you still have plenty of control over the process. Just add your clothes, the appropriate amount of detergent, and then clean water; the washing machine takes care of the rest, agitating your clothes to remove all that dirt. There are a few more steps that you have to follow, though. Read on for more information about how to use a semi-automatic washing machine to clean your clothes!

How to Use a Washing Machine in Just a Few Steps

Remember to read the manual for your particular washing machine – it will be full of helpful tips and advice, and it will have important guidelines for you to follow. To start with, it’s advisable to have your washing machine connected by a professional. Once that is done, the following steps explain how to wash clothes in a washing machine.

Using a fully automatic machine is easy, all you have to do is:

  1. Add your dirty clothes and Surf excel detergent to the drum of the machine.
  2. If you’re using a front-loading fully automatic machine, follow the manufacturers’ instructions to add the detergent to the special drawer. If not, you can put your detergent directly into the drum. Follow the instructions on your chosen detergent to select the right dosage.
  3. Then, just select the right setting for your wash and the machine will do the rest.
  4. The secret here is to read your garments’ care labels: these indicate the temperature of the wash, and the composition of the fabric, allowing you to select your wash cycle accordingly. As a general rule, dark clothes will want a low temperature wash, and white clothes can handle higher temperatures. Anything woollen or delicate will benefit from a low temperature, “Hand wash” cycle. Read the section below on settings for further details.

To wash clothes in a semi-automatic washing machine, you need to follow these instructions:

  1. Add your dirty clothes and Surf excel detergent to the drum of the machine.
  2. Fill the drum with water at the temperature you require. Consult the machine’s instructions, because these will tell you how much water to add.
  3. Perform the ‘Wash’ cycle – bear in mind a large load will need more time to wash than a smaller one.
  4. Once the ‘Wash’ cycle has finished, drain the dirty water using the hose. Refill the drum with fresh water. Switch on the ‘Rinse’ cycle. A fully automatic machine will do all of this for you.
  5. After the ‘Rinse’ cycle your clothes should be completely clean. You now need to get the clothes as dry as possible by spinning them. A fully automatic machine will do this for you, but if you have a semi-automatic machine, you now need to transfer your clothes from the washing drum into the other drum – again, the size of the load will determine how long you need to spin them for.
  6. With all types of machine, once the spin cycle is finished, you should remove the clothes as soon as possible and hang them up to dry.

Washing Machine Maintenance

After you have finished using your washing machine, leave the doors of the machine open so that the interior of the drums can air dry. Mildew and mould can form on the walls of the drum if they are left damp for a long period of time.

How to Wash Clothes in Washing Machines: Understanding Washing Machine Settings

Most washing machines come with a number of different settings. Always check the labels on your clothes to work out which setting is appropriate for particular items.

‘Gentle’ settings have a slower spin speed and do not agitate the clothes as quickly as regular cycles. These settings should be used for garments that might be listed as ‘hand-wash only’ or ‘delicates’ on their label. They should only be washed using cold water and mild detergent.

Normal washing cycles can be used for more sturdy fabrics such as cotton or polyester. Use hot water (60-90oC) to wash whites; coloured clothes should be washed separately from whites and at cooler temperatures (30-40oC).

Now you know how to wash clothes in a washing machine, you should be ready to try out your new machine – you’ll be amazed at how much easier it makes doing the laundry!


Top Tip

Using a good quality laundry detergent is a great way to really get the most out of your new machine. The Surf excel range also has a number of different options to suit your laundry needs such as Surf excel Liquid Detergent and Surf excel Matic Top Load. Just remember to always follow the instructions on your chosen product.