How to load a washing machine correctly for the best results

Loading your washing machine correctly can give you a much better wash, while also cutting down on waste. So how can you make sure you always load your washing machine properly?

Your first step when it comes to machine washing must always be sorting. Whites, dark colours, light coloured clothes and delicates should be separated out and washed separately. For larger loads, sort by colour shade. You should also check their fabric care labels to make sure they need no special treatment.

One extra tip: check all pockets to make sure no tissues, gum, coins, or anything else gets into the drum.

A full load

It’s worth waiting until you have a full load worth of clothes to throw into the washing machine first, though. If you don’t fill up the machine, then you’re just wasting electricity and water. If you can, wait until you can wash a full load. Otherwise, take advantage of your machine’s half load setting, if it has one. An easy way to do this is with the 1-palm trick.

How to dose detergent correctly by load size

While you load, it’s also important to dose correctly. It doesn’t matter if you load perfectly if you add too much or too little detergent.

The simplest dose is with liquitabs: just throw one Ariel 3in1 PODS Washing Capsules in the drum before the garments. Liquid can be measured out and goes either in the drum or into the dispenser drawer. Meanwhile, powder goes into the dispenser drawer.

It’s important to make sure you get the right amount of detergent into the wash, so pay attention to the detergent dosing instructions. If you’re running a half load, use less detergent, and pay attention to your water hardness and the dirtiness of your garments.

When you load in the clothes, you should be able to fit one hand into the top of the drum. If you can’t, take out something. If there’s too much space, add something else or consider waiting until you can do a full wash.

Choosing what temperature to wash clothes in

Finally, you get to select your wash cycle. It’s best to choose a lower temperature, modern detergents. Ariel Original Washing Liquid gives better tough stain removal at 30 degrees, so turn the dial down. Otherwise, don’t overly agitate delicate clothes and have a good wash.