Being faced with a top loader style washing machine when you have never operated one before can be confusing. How do you pack your clothes in? Where do you put the detergent? Can you open it during the cycle? These questions may be spinning through your mind as you survey the machine’s control panel. Fortunately, it is a remarkably straightforward process that we will take you through step-by-step.
10 Steps to use a top load washing machine:
If your top loader washing machine is properly set up and standing on a secure base, laundry days will snap. Go ahead and grab your washing and let’s get this load started!
How To Use A Top Loading Washing Machine
One of the first features you will notice about a top-loading washing machine is that the control panel is on the top, so you don’t have to bend over awkwardly to choose settings. This makes it easier to load, and if you have dropped a sock on the way to the washer, you will still be able to pop it in after the cycle has started.
But let’s go through the 10 steps of using a top load washing machine.
- Check the filter
- Add pod to the empty machine
- Load laundry into the drum
- Add detergent or softener into the dispensers
- Select wash cycle
- Select water temperature
- Select water level
- Adjust spin cycle
- Press start
- Unload immediately
Step 1: Check The Machine Filters
Most top loader washing machines have filters that sift the water as it enters and leaves your machine. If you do notice water flow into your machine is slow, check the inlet nozzle filters. The valve filters for incoming water don’t need to be cleaned too often unless you live in a place where there are a lot of residues in the water.
Most new high-efficiency top-loaders don’t have filters, but older types usually do. The purpose of filters is to trap lint, hair, or any debris that could jam up your machine. Top loader filters can be in a few places depending on the model, but it is usually inside the drum or under the cover of the central agitator.
Remove any debris in the filter and put it back in place.
Step 2: Add Detergent Pod
This step is only for anyone who prefers to use laundry pods. It is essential that before you put any of your clothes into the drum, the pod goes into the bottom of the drum first. If placed on top, it may not dissolve as quickly as expected, so it won’t be as effective.
Step 3: Pack Laundry Into The Drum
For the wash cycle to run smoothly, it works better if you pack your laundry into the drum mindfully. Place the heaviest laundry items at the bottom and less bulky items on top. Don’t cram too much into each load – the clothes can fill to the top, but they should be loosely packed.
Avoid washing only one item as the drum will be unbalanced, especially during the spin cycle. Laundry should be placed all around inside the machine basket. Ensure that you sort through your load and take out any items that might be too delicate or which would benefit from a heavy-duty cycle later.
Step 4: Add Detergent, Fabric Softener, Or Bleach
If you aren’t using a pod that should be added before the laundry, you need to check where the dispensers are for the detergent additives are situated. There are usually clearly marked. Some are on the side, there may be a receptacle for softener inside a central agitator, or there could be little hidden drawers where your detergent needs to be added.
Use the correct amount of detergent as directed on the instructions on the bottle or box. Once you have added all your washing solutions, you are ready to set the cycle.
Step 5: Select The Correct Wash Cycle
Depending on the top loader model you are facing, you may see either manual dials or digital touch buttons. The first thing that you must set is the best wash cycle for the items that you loaded into the basket.
Focus only on the wash cycle dial and turn the dial to match up the most suitable washing style for the clothing that you put in. Most modern top loaders have LED screens that will guide you through the selection process, but if you are faced with a selection dial, choose the cycle that best describes the items you are washing. The selections may use any of the following words:
Normal, Cotton, Regular, Whites – this is the cycle to use for sheets, towels, cotton items, socks, and heavily soiled laundry.
Colors, Permanent Press – Everyday washing cycle for clothing like jeans and polyester outfits
Delicate, handwash, knit – This is a gentle cycle for lightly soiled and delicate items.
Study this dial carefully as it may also give details about no spin or extra-long soaking features.
Step 6: Select the Water Temperature
The great thing about top loaders is that they let you program the wash cycle specifically for the items you have loaded. Choose cold if you have any fabrics that need special care or may shrink in a hot wash. This setting should be adjusted each time you set up a new wash cycle.
Step 7: Choosing Water Level
The water level must be set according to how full the drum is. It must be sufficient to cover the clothes. Do not overfill the drum. If you have more laundry than the water will be able to cover, do two smaller loads.
Step 8: To Spin Or Not To Spin
Most top loaders allow you to remove clothing from the drum before the spin cycle. You may prefer to remove your flimsy gym outfit or a special team shirt before the spin cycle. You can even deactivate the spin cycle entirely, but note that your clothes will come out of the machine very wet if you’re the load doesn’t spin.
If the drum becomes unbalanced during the spinning process, the machine may give and warning beep and interrupt its cycle. Even if it doesn’t beep, you may want to open the lid to redistribute the weight around the machine if you hear it noisily thumping against the side.
All you must do to fix the situation is open the lid and redistribute the clothing inside the drum more evenly. Spinning will resume when you close the lid. Take note that the machine will not operate while the top is open. When you close it, the cycle will continue.
Step 9: Press Start
If your top loader washing machine has a start button, press it to start the cycle. If it is an older model with manual dials, there may not be a start button. These machines are usually activated by gently pulling the cycle knob outward until it clicks into place.
Step 10: At The End Of The Cycle Remove Clothes Promptly
At the end of the selected cycle, the washing machine will usually give some sound signal that the load is complete. Take your washing out as soon as possible, so it retains its freshly washed scent, and garments don’t develop excess creases while damp.
Using a top loader washing machine gives you the option of accurately selecting water level, temperature, and the desired wash cycle. They are more comfortable to use because you don’t have to bend to load, and you can easily open the cover at any time to add any small items that may have been forgotten during the wash cycle.