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Wash cycle options

Wash cycle options explained

Once you have selected your wash cycle you may wish to change the default wash options.

High Efficiency

This option lets you choose between a High Efficiency (ie High Efficiency On) and Conventional (ie High Efficiency Off) mode of washing.
Some cycles can be used in either of the modes, or only one, depending on what is best for your clothes (refer to 'The unique CleanSmart™ wash').

Wash Temp

CleanSmart™ offers five wash temperatures and an additional setting, CONTROLLED COLD.

Cold Tap

Controlled Cold

Warm / Cold


Warm / Hot


Incoming water from tap






Simply touch the WASH TEMP button to increase or decrease the wash temperature.

  • The temperature option selected determines the temperature of the first phase of the two-part wash system, known as the Detergent Activating Wash (with the exception of the ALLERGY cycle where both parts of the wash are hot).
  • Some temperatures are not available on some cycles as a safeguard for your clothes (eg HOT and WARM / HOT on the HANDWASH cycle).

Some temperatures are not available on some cycles as a safeguard for your clothes (eg HOT and WARM / HOT on the HANDWASH cycle).


If a hot wash is required, where both phases of the wash system are hot, you must select the ALLERGY cycle, or the SHEETS cycle and HOT temperature.

Controlled Cold

The temperature of cold tap water varies widely, depending on your location and the season. The lower the cold water temperature, the less effective the cold wash becomes. To help with this issue we have developed CONTROLLED COLD which adds a small amount of warm water, when necessary, to raise your cold water wash to approximately 20°C. This will ensure that you receive a more effective wash in cold water. Cold Tap (“tAP”) is the default COLD setting on your washer. If you wish to use the CONTROLLED COLD setting as the default COLD setting, refer to 'Changing pre-set options' to learn how to change the default setting.

Soil level

Your clothes and other washable items sometimes need more or less cleaning than others. The SOIL LEVEL option lets you adjust the wash to suit the amount of soil in your load. For example, for dirty clothes, select HEAVY and for items that are only lightly soiled, select LIGHT. This adjusts the wash time accordingly to give the load the right amount of agitation in order to remove the soil.

Spin Speed

Your CleanSmart™ washer offers three spin speeds: FAST (1100 rpm), MEDIUM (670 rpm) and SLOW (330 rpm), plus an additional SPIN HOLD option. Simply increase or decrease your spin speed by touching the SPIN SPEED button. SPIN HOLD will pause the washer at the end of the rinse, allowing you to remove drip-dry items before you proceed the washer to its final spin (touch START / PAUSE to start the spin).

Wash Boost

If you have stains in your wash load that you need to treat or wish to perform a double wash, select STAIN TREATMENT or DUAL WASH from the WASH BOOST options. Refer to page 17 for detailed information on these options.



The SOAK option provides a two hour soak during the middle of the wash phase of the cycle. The machine will then complete the rest of the cycle. During SOAK, the washer will agitate for a few seconds every minute. To perform a soak during a cycle, simply select SOAK from the OPTIONS menu.

To exit SOAK, touch START / PAUSE and turn the dial to select RINSE. Change the SPIN SPEED if necessary (eg select SLOW if washing handwash only, delicate, or creasable items) and touch START / PAUSE.


If the soak option is selected on a QUICK cycle, the soak time will be one hour only.


Ensure items are colourfast before using soak.


Use the ECO option to save water. The ECO option uses a spray rinse which has been specially designed to use at least 25% less water than a traditional rinse. Use this option when you want to use less detergent and less water. However, if you have low water pressure or sensitive skin it is better to use a traditional rinse.


The ECO option is available on selected cycles only. If ECO is not available for a cycle, your washer will skip over it in the OPTIONS menu.


If you wish to use fabric softener, ensure SOFTENER is selected. This will adjust the rinse part of the cycle so that softener is dispensed correctly (refer to 'Fabric softener').

Delay Start

The DELAY START option can delay the start of the wash cycle between 5 minutes and 18 hours. This can be useful to time your washing to finish when you arrive home from work, or to start once you have finished in the shower. Simply touch the MORE Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 10.49.33 AM.png button to increase the delay time, and LESS Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 10.50.01 AM.png button to decrease the time, or turn DELAY START off. Touch START / PAUSE to confirm your selection and start the countdown.


We suggest that you avoid using DELAY START for damp, non-colourfast items as this may cause dye run to occur.

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