What's Really Happening Inside Your Washer and Dryer?
Washer Settings to Try
Snap out of your “normal” routine and give one of these options a spin.
A speedy cycle for a few lightly soiled items, like the blouse and pants you want to wear to dinner tonight. A faster spin means clothes will dry quicker, too.
Stained or extra-dirty garments? Use this to add a soak to the beginning of a cycle. Divide detergent among the pre-wash and detergent dispensers.
Choose this to minimize wrinkling in dress shirts and pants, and preserve the finish on wrinkle-free items. Warm or hot wash water relaxes creases and a slow spin helps prevent new ones from forming.
Muddy play clothes and other sturdy, heavily soiled items do well in this cycle, which features a long, warm or hot wash and high-speed tumbling to scrub out filth.
A short, cold wash with slow tumbling and spinning. Use it for sweaters, lingerie, and other items that require a light touch.
Designed to mimic the way clothes are washed in the sink, with periods of gentle tumbling and soaking in cold water, this is for garments labeled “hand-wash.”
Tacks an additional rinse onto the end of a cycle to ensure dirt, dust and detergent are thoroughly flushed out. A good option if a family member has allergies or sensitive skin.
Rinse and Spin
Quickly rinses and removes moisture from things like bathing suits and beach towels with no detergent.
Sets the machine to turn on at a later time so wet clothes don’t sit around when you’re not home to transfer them to the dryer.