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Wash options

Wash 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 ‘CleanSmart™ washer’ section).

Wash Temp

Your CleanSmart™ washer offers 5 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 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 ‘Delicate’ cycle).

Hint: 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 ( ) 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’ section 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: 1100 rpm, 700 rpm and 300 rpm, plus an additional ‘No Spin’ option. Simply increase or decrease your spin speed by touching the ‘Spin Speed’ button. When you have selected ‘No Spin’, the cycle will end after the rinse allowing you to remove drip dry items before you spin the remaining items. Once drip dry items have been removed, touch ‘Power’ 2017-06-29_1232.png , select the ‘Spin’ cycle (change the spin speed if necessary, eg select ‘300’ for delicate or creasable items) and touch 2017-06-29_1505.png .


Selecting the ‘No Spin’ option

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 the ‘Wash Boost’ section for detailed information on these options.


Selecting the ‘Wash Boost’ options



The ‘Soak’ option provides a two hour soak during the middle of the wash phase of the cycle. The washer 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’ early, touch 2017-06-29_1505.png 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 2017-06-29_1505.png .


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.
  • DO NOT use your washer to soak items in bleach or sanitiser and if you’ve soaked items in a bucket, do not tip the contents of the bucket into your washer. The chemicals in these products are very corrosive to metal surfaces and can damage your washer. Rinse and wring items out thoroughly before placing them in your washer.


Selecting the ‘Soak’ option

Eco Rinse

Use the ‘Eco Rinse’ option to save water. The ‘Eco Rinse’ 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 Rinse’ option is available on selected cycles only. If ‘Eco Rinse’ is not available for a cycle, your washer will skip over it in the ‘Options’ menu. The wash cycle will take slightly longer when the ‘Eco Rinse’ option is selected.


Selecting the ‘Eco Rinse’ option


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 the ‘Fabric softener’ section).


Selecting the ‘Softener’ option

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’ + button to increase the delay time, and ‘Less’ - button to decrease the time, or turn ‘Delay Start’ off. Touch 2017-06-29_1505.png to confirm your selection and start the countdown. The display screen will show the time until the cycle is set to begin.


We suggest that you avoid using ‘Delay Start’ for damp, non-colourfast items as this may cause dye run to occur.

Clothes care safeguards

To avoid accidentally damaging your clothes there are a few options that your washer will not allow. For example you cannot select a ‘Hot’ wash on the ‘Delicate’ or ‘Easy Iron’ cycles.

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