How to Choose the Correct Wash Cycle

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Choose wash cycle

Your clothes should fit you, as they’re meant to, not stretch, or shrink, so your washing machine cycle plays an important role in preventing it. Choosing the right cycle can not only keep your clothes in shape, but also retain its colors, speed up your laundry process and even save some time and money.

Much of the laundry mess is often the result of using the wrong washing cycle, therefore, it is helpful to know the basics of washer cycles. A washing cycle has a speed at which it agitates or tumbles the clothes, and another speed that it spins the water out of the clothes. The cycle you choose is based upon the amount of agitation and spin the load required.

For each load of laundry that you wash, there are three choices that must be make before you start the washer. Load size, water temperature for wash and rinse cycle, and cycle setting.


Load Size

Mini, small, medium and large are the choices in most washers, but what do they mean? Before making a guess, read your user manual, and you’ll find very clear instructions to help you make a choice about load size.  The most accurate method of determining load size is by weight based on your washer capacity.

Water Temperature

Choosing the correct water temperature for each load is crucial to prevent clothes from fading, stretching, or shrinking. Always check the labels on your clothes and linens for guide. Remember, the first key to success is sorting your laundry loads correctly and washing items that are the same.

Cold Water: Best for dark colors and delicate fabrics. It is also a perfect choice for lightly soiled clothes like office wear.

Warm Water: Best for synthetic, and permanent press fabric, this water temperature should be chosen when dealing with heavily soiled and stained colored garments.

Hot Water: Best for white cotton fabrics like underwear, socks, and bed sheets.

Have in mind that no matter the water temperature selected for the wash cycle, the rinse cycle should always be cold. This will save you money for utility cost, besides, warmer temperature is not needed in rinse cycles.

Cycle Setting

To adjust matters beyond temperature, were often presented with cycle options such as: regular, permanent press, and delicate. Using the correct cycle for washing and spinning will help clean your clothes and keep them looking their best.

Regular Cycle

Choose this cycle for soiled, dirty, and sweaty clothes. It is the longest cycle with the most agitation. This is a combination of high speed wash action and high speed spin making it harsher on clothes, but also cleans your clothes very well.

Consider washing heavily soiled items on this cycle, whether the problem is a heavy amount of sweat, heavy stain, or heavy dirt, the items will not be cleaned without the significant amount of agitation.

Extra Tip: Zip up your fly and turn your jeans inside out before wash.

Perfect For: Cotton, linen, towels, jeans, and beddings.

Permanent Press

It is perfect for synthetic fabrics, as it is great at getting rid of unpleasant smell that can linger on man-made fabrics. Strong agitation plus slow spin is great for stopping wrinkle and piling.

Choose warm or hot water as it relaxes creases and slow spin helps prevent wrinkles from forming.

Extra Tip: Wash your colored items on permanent press and they’ll keep that color.

Perfect For: Knits, rayon, polyester, and acetates.

Delicate Cycle

This wash cycle uses an insignificant amount of agitation and lower speed spin to extract water from the laundry. The agitation and abrasion is greatly reduced to help prevent stretching and ripping of fabric.

Have in mind that this cycle is designed to be less abrasive, and use less agitation, so while it protects your clothes from wear and tear, it also decreases the level of cleanliness.

Extra Tip: Perfect for your favorite wool items as it prevents shrinking.

Perfect For: Silk, sequins, lingerie, pantyhose, sheer fabrics, tight and loosely woven items.

Now that you have an idea about the proper cycle of your washer, you can choose correctly without any hassle. Make sure to check the labels and sort your loads properly and use the right wash cycles. It will stretch the lifespan of your wardrobe, make your life easier and save you money.

Not sure or too busy to worry mastering your washing cycles? Too busy to read the labels of your garments? Don’t worry, Soak N Relax is here to help. We will take care of your laundry while you relax or do anything fun besides dealing with your laundry.


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