Understanding Washing Machine Cycles & Settings





If you're not sure what a washing machine cycle or setting is, or why they're important, this guide will help you get started!


Types of Washing Machines

Top-loading vs front-loading: Top-loaders are generally more affordable and have a shorter wash cycle, while front-loaders are known for their energy efficiency, larger capacity, and better cleaning performance. However, front-loading washers may require more maintenance and can be more expensive upfront.

Automatic vs manual: With an automatic washing machine, you simply add clothes and turn it on; the machine will then go through its cycle and stop when finished. Manual machines require you to select each step of the wash cycle manually by turning dials or pressing buttons on a control panel.

Capacity: Capacity refers to how much water your washer uses per a load of laundry--and this number varies greatly depending on whether you have a top loader or front loader (as well as other factors). For example, TCL washing machines can hold 8KG to 10 KG loads.

Also read: 8 Ways To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Washing Machine


Common Washing Machine Cycles & Settings

These are common washing machine cycles that you may find on your washing machine:

  1. Drum clean: This cycle is designed to clean the inside of your washing machine drum and remove any buildup of dirt, bacteria, or mold. make sure the drum is empty. Do not use any cleaning agents for cleaning the drum.
  2. Quick wash: This cycle is great for when you need to wash clothes in a hurry. It's a shorter cycle that uses less water and energy than a regular cycle but may not be as effective at removing tough stains.
  3. Allergy care: This cycle is designed to remove allergens from your clothes, such as dust mites and pet dander. It uses high temperatures and an extra rinse cycle to ensure that your clothes are as clean as possible.
  4. Bedding: This cycle is designed to wash larger items like comforters, blankets, and sheets. It uses a longer cycle time and more water to ensure that the items are thoroughly cleaned.
  5. Sportswear: This cycle is designed to clean athletic clothing, such as workout clothes and sports uniforms. It uses a gentle cycle to prevent damage to delicate fabrics and special detergents to remove sweat and odors.
  6. Cotton: This cycle is designed for washing cotton, bed linens, table linens, underwear, towel, or shirts. It uses a longer cycle time and more water to ensure that the cotton fibers are thoroughly cleaned. the washing time and the rinse count are automatically adjusted according to the load.
  7. Prewash: This cycle is used to pre-treat stains before the main wash cycle. It uses a lower water temperature and less detergent than the main wash cycle.
  8. Eco 40-60: This cycle is for cleaning normally soiled cotton items which are declared to be washable at 40°C or 60°C, together in the same cycle. This cycle is set as a default.
  9. Mix: This cycle is designed for washing a mix of different fabrics and colors. It uses a medium cycle time and temperature to ensure that all fabrics are cleaned properly.
  10. Wool: This cycle is designed for washing wool clothing. It uses a gentle cycle and low temperatures to prevent damage to delicate wool fibers.
  11. 20°C: This cycle is designed for lightly soiled clothing that doesn't require a heavy-duty wash. It uses a low temperature to save energy and is more gentle on delicate fabrics.
  12. Delicate: This cycle is designed for washing delicate fabrics such as silk, lace, and chiffon. It uses a gentle cycle and low temperatures to prevent damage to delicate fabrics.
  13. Rinse + Spin: This cycle is used for an additional rinse process after applying fabric softener to the laundry. It helps to remove any remaining detergent or fabric softener from the clothes.
  14. Spin intensive: This cycle is designed for spinning clothes at high speeds to remove excess water. It's great for when you need your clothes to dry quickly.
  15. Down jacket: This cycle is designed for washing down jackets and other down-filled items. It uses a gentle cycle and low temperatures to prevent damage to the delicate down filling.

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Tips for Using the Washing Machine

  • Read the instruction manual: Every washing machine is different, so it's important to read the instruction manual that came with your machine. This will tell you exactly how to use each cycle and setting, as well as any special features your machine may have.
  • Sort clothes by fabric: Sorting your clothes by fabric type is important because different fabrics require different washing methods. For example, delicate fabrics like silk and wool require a gentler cycle than sturdier fabrics like cotton and denim. Sorting your clothes by color is also important to prevent colors from bleeding onto each other.
  • Use the right amount of detergent: Using too much detergent can actually make your clothes dirtier by leaving behind residue while using too little detergent can result in clothes not getting clean enough. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the detergent package and adjust the amount based on the size of your load.
  • Don't overload the machine: Overloading your washing machine can damage the machine and prevent clothes from getting clean. Make sure you leave enough space in the drum for clothes to move around freely.
  • Use cold water: Using cold water instead of hot water can save energy and money on your utility bill. Cold water is also better for delicate fabrics and can help prevent colors from fading.
  • Use fabric softener: Fabric softener can help make clothes feel softer and smell fresher. Be sure to add it during the rinse cycle, not during the wash cycle, to avoid interfering with the detergent's cleaning power.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your clothes come out clean and fresh every time you do laundry.

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This blog has been a great way to get a better understanding of washing machine cycles and settings. It's important to know what your machine can do so that you can take advantage of its full potential and get the best results possible.

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