Finally, the spin cycle should be chosen according to how robust your fabric is. Most machines have ‘Hand-wash’ ‘Delicates’ or ‘Woollen’ settings for fragile fabrics – it’s particularly important that you use them when washing your underwear, woollen garments, and anything with a great deal of beading or sequins. Other fabrics can take a faster spin cycle, which will also help drain excess moisture from your clothes.
Deciding how long to wash clothes in a washing machine
Setting the right wash cycle depends on your needs and the material at hand. Quick-wash cycles are perfect if you’re in a rush, but this setting should only really be used for clothes that do not need a thorough wash. Normal cycles can be used on most materials, and leave your clothes fresh. Some machines also have a pre-soak setting to help you shift stubborn stains.
The amount of detergent you use to wash clothes in a washing machine depends on the size of the load, the hardness of the water in your area, and on your detergent – check the label. Most detergents, like OMO, explain how much should be used. A fabric softener, such as COMFORT, is a great way to give clothes a little extra fragrance and a pleasant feel. Just follow the directions on the label, and also check the care label on your garment to make sure that fabric softener is appropriate for the material.. Pour your detergent into the drawer indicated by the instructions that come with your washing machine.
Drying after washing clothes in a washing machine
Drying the washed clothes will depend on the material of the garment. Check the care label to find out if the garment can be washed in a tumble dryer. Some clothes may need to be laid out flat, or reshaped when damp. This information will all be on the care label.
By following the above steps, you’ll be able to wash clothes in a washing machine easily, with your clothes coming out of the machine smelling fresh and looking stain-free. So sort out your piles, and set the correct cycle – from now on, your laundry woes are in the past!
Washing machines are an efficient and convenient way to manage your laundry, but not all fabrics can go in the machine. Always check the care label for new garments, and make sure you have a good handwashing detergent like Surf on hand for when you need it! You can find out more about handwashing clothes here.