How do I load the washing machine?

It can be tempting to put the entire contents of your laundry basket in the washing machine, choose your regular cycle, close the door and hope for the best. As a result, you are probably not making optimal use of your machine. Moreover, this approach is certainly not good for your clothes. Fortunately, this manual describes how you can best load the washing machine for optimal washing results and the best care for your clothes. Learn more about washing machine hoses

To sort

A red sock in the white laundry is a classic mistake, but it illustrates the importance of sorting your clothes before putting them in the washing machine. Make sure to separate laundry into whites (mainly white and / or light gray garments), color wash (light pastels) and dark wash (dark gray, navy, deep red, brown, black). Washing garments of certain colors together will help to preserve their color and prevent dark colors from merging with lighter garments.

If you really want to keep your clothes in top condition, make sure you read the accompanying care label carefully. Symbols indicate how to wash and dry the item. The table below provides a brief overview of these symbols and provides corresponding washing advice.

The meaning of each symbol:

Machine wash

  • Machine wash, anti-crease
  • Machine wash, delicate
  • Do not wash
  • Hand wash
  • Don’t wring
  • Water temperature 30 ° C or 80 ° F
  • Water temperature 40 ° C or 105 ° F
  • Water temperature 50 ° C or 120 ° F
  • Water temperature 60 ° C or 140 ° F
  • Water temperature 70 ° C or 160 ° F
  • Water temperature 95 ° C or 200 ° F

Don’t be tempted to just put everything in the washing machine. An overloaded washing machine will not produce as good washing results. In addition, garments can be damaged due to insufficient space to move freely. The machine can also be damaged. And admit, it’s less annoying to put an extra load in the washing machine than calling a repairman.

Too little laundry in the machine is also not good. As a result, a wash is much less efficient. The machine uses just as much water and energy when it is one-third charged as when it is optimally charged.

If you want to know exactly how much laundry to put in the washing machine, see this guide. A good rule of thumb is to fill the drum to about 80% without compressing any garments. This rule also applies to normal cotton washes. The amount of laundry that you can load in the machine when using special programs may differ. In this case, refer to the user manual of the machine.

Place the items one by one in the washing machine. Or at least make sure that the garments are not twisted together. Close all zippers. Check all pockets for pens and coins, not only to keep your clothes safe, but also your washing machine! It never hurts to check the care label again. You may find special instructions here, for example that a certain item should be turned inside out during washing. When pre-treating stains, follow the directions for the pre-treatment product you are using.


Good that you sort your laundry and place it in the machine correctly. But if you use too much or too little detergent, all the effort will be in vain.

The correct dosage depends on a number of factors: the type of detergent you use, the water hardness, how dirty the clothes are, and how much laundry you put in the washing machine at the same time. Most liquid and powder detergents indicate how much you need for a small, medium and large load. In the case of capsules, it will be indicated when you might be better off using more than one capsule.

The best we can recommend are our AutoDose washing machines. These automatically dose the detergent depending on the load and the selected program. It is one of the most efficient ways to use a washing machine. You can last up to a month with one refill.

At first glance, this may seem like a bit much to remember, but if you take these washing tips to heart, your clothes and your washing machine will certainly thank you.



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