A Guide to Using Your Front Loading Washing Machine

It’s worth it to give front loading washing machines a try. Not only are these machines more energy efficient than typical top loading washers, they also help conserve water by using less of it to wash clothes. As sales of front loaders increase, more and more people want to know how to use these washers and how their operation differs from top loaders. Here are some important pointers that can make you a good front loading user.

Administering Water

It may be a little jarring at first when you turn on your front loading washer and notice there isn’t much water filling up. You may be tempted to manually adjust the water loading settings, but the truth is you have nothing to worry about. A front load washer uses much less water than a top loader, ranging from twenty to twenty-five gallons, as opposed to the forty gallons a top washer is likely to use. When you first put in your laundry, the washer will fill in a small portion of water typically under the door level. Then, the clothes will start tumbling. Once the clothes absorb the water, the washer will spray additional water to keep up the water level. It’s good to trust a front loading washer’s automatic water selection. Once you’ve put in your clothes, your washer will determine how much water you need.

Using Detergent

Similarly, because front loading washing machines use less water, they also don’t need as much detergent as a top loader. Additionally, you should use detergent that is made for high efficiency washers. Detergent that produces too much foam or bubbles can actually ruin a front loading machine, destroying the electronic system and make the warranty on the machine void. Also, with a lower level of water during rinsing, detergent and bubbles will stick in your clothing. Instead, look for detergent that is labeled with an HE logo and is specified to produce a low amount of suds. If you administer the detergent yourself, employ a single tablespoon of HE detergent and no more. For detergent that is 2x concentrate, pour in two teaspoons. If it’s 3x concentrate, just use a single teaspoon.

Loading Laundry

When you’re putting clothes into your front loader, don’t load them in by the pound. Focus on how much space they take up inside. If you load up too many clothes, the washer won’t clean them correctly. Balance your loads with large and small clothes. A bundle of too many small items won’t tumble properly and could cause imbalance in the washer. Imbalanced laundry loads can make noise and shake the machine, producing unnecessary wear on your machine. And although front loading washing machines agitate clothing more gently than a top loading washer, you still want to inspect your clothes for personal items that don’t belong in your washer, as well as fastening hooks and closing up zippers.

A front load washer is actually easy to use once you’ve got the basics down. It not only helps you get your clothes clean just as well as you would with a top loader, but you’re doing the environment a great service by conserving water and energy.