Filling the washing machine

How full should a washing machine be? That’s a question many of us run into. It’s not good to fill up your washing machine, but an empty drum is not good either. Find out here exactly how much laundry you can put in your washing machine, and why it is so important to stick to this.

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The filling weight of your washing machine

The fill weight of a washing machine indicates how many pounds of laundry you can put in the drum per wash, in other words the capacity of your washing machine.

 

 Not every washing machine can wash the same amount of laundry at the same time. For example, there are washing machines with a 6kg fill weight, but also with 12kg.

How much laundry can your washing machine hold

The instruction manual for your washing machine will tell you how many kilos of washing you can put in your drum. Try to stick to this as much as possible. Nowadays many washing machines have a built-in scale. That way they can tell you if you have put too much or too little laundry in the machine.

If your washing machine doesn’t have one, it’s obviously very cumbersome to weigh your laundry every time before you start. In that case, we have a tip for you. When you fill your washing machine, make sure you have some free space at the top of the drum – as big as the width of your hand. This way, your washing machine is about 3/4 full, which is the correct and recommended amount during washing and spinning.

Is a full drum a problem?

The advantage of washing with a full drum is that you wash more at once. For this reason, you have fewer washes and save energy – which is good for the environment and your wallet. However, the risk you run with an (over)filled drum is that your laundry will not be clean enough. This can be because there is too much laundry in the drum for the amount of water and detergent, but also because the water may not reach the right temperature. Research by the Dutch Consumers’ Association has shown that most washing machines do not reach the set temperature if too many clothes are washed at once.

Can a washing machine be too empty?

At the same time, washing with too little laundry is also not recommended. If there is not enough laundry in the drum, the washing machine can become unbalanced during the spin, this is a problem because it can be harmful for the washing machine. Therefore, always fill your washing machine for about 3/4.

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The fill weight of your washing machine

Often you don’t think about it when you go to run a wash. It’s all completely automatic. That’s why it’s good to reiterate what you all need to consider when you’re using your washing machine. Here are our tips:

  1. Filling the washing machine. Put your sorted clothes in the drum of the washing machine. Fill it 3/4, this is equal to the width of your hand of empty space in the top of the drum.
  2. Choose the right program and temperature. Depending on the type of laundry you are going to run, the wash program and temperature can make a big difference. Therefore, sort in advance by color and the washing instructions in the label of your clothes, among other things, and set your washing machine accordingly.
  3. Which detergent and how much? Which detergent you use specifically is of course completely up to you. Just make sure that the detergent is suitable for the laundry you want to clean – look mainly at color. If you are having trouble deciding how much detergent to use, you can always look at the packaging. This is where you can see exactly how much detergent to use each time. If you want, add fabric softener.
  4. Empty your washing machine on time. If you leave your laundry in the machine for too long, your clothes may not smell. Some new washing machines come with an app – that will signal you when you can empty your washing machine. Don’t have this? Then you can try setting an alarm clock to prevent your laundry from sitting in the drum longer than it should.
  5. Leave the door open. When you’re done washing, it’s a good idea to leave the door of the washing machine open. This will allow the drum to dry. Bacteria love damp places like washing machines. By leaving it to dry properly, you prevent them from coming off on your machine and and your next wash will be more hygienic.