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Sorting and loading

When preparing your wash load there are some important things to consider:


Sort items according to colour, fabric type, and soil type. Wash fine, delicate fabrics separately from thick, heavy fabrics. Always separate coloured items from whites, especially when they are new. Colour run could be an issue if you wash items at higher temperatures. Some soils, like mud and blood are best washed in cold water. Oily soils (eg some foods and marks on shirt collars) are best washed in warm water. The following are recommendations for what cycles and settings you may wish to wash different items on, and suggestions for special wash requirements.

Items/Wash Requirements Suggested Cycle and Options* Suggested Temperature
Towels Everyday, 1400 or 1200 rpm spin 30°C or 40°C
Sheets, pillowcases Everyday, 1400 or 1200 rpm spin 30°C or 40°C
Bulky items – doonas, duvets, sleeping bags Bulky 30°C or 40°C
Shirts, pants, other creasables Easy Iron, 800 rpm 30°C or 40°C
Woollens, silks Wool, Handwash, 500 rpm 30°C or 40°C
Delicates, fine fabrics Delicate, Wool or Handwash 30°C
Jeans Everyday or Heavy Cold or 30°C
Highly coloured items Everyday Cold or 30°C
Whites, cotton items Cottons, 1400 or 1200 rpm spin 40°C or 60°C
Have sensitive skin or require extra rinsing? Allergy, Rinse+, 1400 or 1200 rpm spin 40°C
Asthma/allergies Allergy, Rinse+ 60°C
Lightly soiled items Quick, Super Quick or TimeSaver 30°C
Muddy, sandy or linty items Everyday, Pre Wash and Rinse+ Cold
Smelly washer Drum Clean 90°C

* Cycles and spin speeds available will depend on your washer model

Before you load

  • Check pockets for items that could damage your clothes or get caught in the washer.
  • Close zippers, hooks and eyes, and other fastenings (ie fasten the opening of duvet/ doona covers), and remove loose bra wires. All these can damage both your washer and your clothes.
  • Place delicate items, such as lingerie, in a mesh laundry bag before placing in the machine.
  • Pre-treat any stains, taking care not to spray pre-treaters on your washer as they can cause damage to the plastic surfaces.


Your washer will be more efficient when washing larger loads, so try to collect enough items to loosely fill the drum when the items are dry.

  • Do not overload your washing machine beyond its rated capacity.

  • Please do not under any circumstances wash an electric blanket in your washer unless the care label specifically states it is safe to do so.

  • Do not wash curtains in this washer, as sunlight makes them brittle and they may disintegrate during washing.

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