Is Your Washer Full? How To Properly Load A Washer

Is a washing machine too full? Is it possible to add a sweatshirt to the large load? Learn how to load your washer and whether it is overloaded.

There are many washing machines on the market. Top- and front-loaders both clean your clothes well, but they have their own advantages, especially when it comes to loading. You’ll waste energy and water if you load too little. Overloading can cause a host of problems.

If you overpack your washer, clothes won’t be able to move around. This can make them less clean. It also means that zippers, buttons, and other items can rub against or latch onto other garments. What does this mean? The result?

Overloading can also lead to the loss of socks and underwear. You’ve probably wondered where they went. Overloaded machines can push small items down the drain line.

Overloading your washer can cause damage, even though it is annoying. The extra weight of the laundry can cause damage to the motor and cause it to be damaged.

How full can you go? You can tell if your washer is overloaded if you pack the clothes too tightly. Different machines work differently so make sure to check your manual. However, a good rule of thumb is to load clothes loosely and leave at least 6 inches between top of the laundry load and top of the drum.

How to properly load a standard top-loader washer

The agitator is the central component of the operation. It moves the clothes around and sits in the middle. The key to the operation is the way you load laundry around the agitator. Unbalanced loads can cause vibrations that are strong enough to move the machine. This can result in costly repairs.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • As evenly as possible, place your clothes around the agitator.
  • Contrary to popular belief you should not twist towels and sheets around the agitator. To maintain a balanced load, place them on one side.
  • Mixing large and small items is okay. This will increase the washing process.

How to properly load a high-efficiency top-loader washer

These are the key differences between standard and HE washers. HE washers use less water (hence their name) and don’t often have a center-agitator.

These tips will help you avoid overloading.

  • Instead of putting your clothes in the middle of the washer, place them around the edges of a wash plate. This will allow your jeans and T-shirts to move freely and clean easily.
  • Your load may be too heavy if you stuff your clothes into the machine. Allow 6 inches to the top of your machine.
  • Mixing large and small items is a smart idea. This helps to balance the load.

How to properly load a high-efficiency front-loader washer

These washers use less water than standard washers, which can run up to 40 gallons.

  • To properly load your front-loader, you need to place your clothes one by one. You’ll avoid tying them up.
  • It should be loose. Do not pack clothes in the washer. You should leave about half an inch at the top.
  • Front-loaders pour water into the washer and spin the clothes. You should load your heavily stained items first. This will ensure that they are in direct contact with detergent and water for the longest time.

These tips will help you avoid overloading your washer and prevent damage to clothing, lost socks, and other unnecessary repairs.