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Choosing the Right Detergent

Your AquaSmartTM is a High Efficiency clothes washer and needs low sudsing detergent to prevent oversudsing problems. This is the same type of detergent front loaders use and is labeled “High Efficiency” (HE). There are both liquid and powdered low sudsing detergents available.

When washing woolens use a wool detergent but use it sparingly as these are usually very high foaming. Do not use soap flakes or soap powders.

How much Detergent?

Use the manufacturer’s instructions on the detergent packet as a guide to the correct amount to use. The correct amount of detergent will vary depending on the amount of soil in your clothes and the size of your load. For example, jeans may need more and towels less.

As a starting point:

  • Use one scoop or cap full for a large load and reduce or increase the dosage as required.
  • For a small load (eg 4 – 5 t-shirts) use 1⁄4 of a scoop or cap full.

If you have oversudsing problems reduce your dosage.
If your clothes are not clean enough, try using a bit more.

Where do I put my Detergent?

Pour your detergent into the detergent dispenser, located on the left side of the washer. We recommend that you measure your detergent first according to the manufacturer’s recommended dosage.

You will notice that most of the detergent placed in the dispenser will fall into the washer. It will remain in an area separated from your clothes until the machine begins to fill. As the washer fills, the dispenser will be flushed of any residue. The detergent is then mixed with water at the bottom of the outer tub, dissolving and activating it to ensure optimum wash performance.

When washing in very cold water or on the quicker cycles (eg DELICATE) dissolving the detergent in warm water before pouring it down the dispenser will improve wash performance. If you are using detergent pods or single dose laundry packets place in the basket prior to adding laundry. Follow manufacturer’s dosage instructions.


We do not recommend you use nappy sanitizers or bleach to soak items in your AquaSmartTM washer. These products are very corrosive to metal surfaces and may seriously damage your washer.


Fig.18 Adding detergent to the detergent dispenser 

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