Front Load Washer Instructions

When it comes to efficiency and cleaning power, it is hard to beat a good front-load washer. Tests by independent consumer testing companies reveal that top-of-the-line front-loaders outperform the best high-efficiency top-loaders, at about the same retail price. Because front-loaders tend to do a better job extracting moisture during the spin cycle, less time and energy is required during the drying cycle.

Things Not To Do

Front-loaders beat top-loaders for efficiency and cleaning power

While all front-load washing machine share some similarities, each make and model will have its own specific methods of operation. Carefully read the documentation that comes with the washer and follow all of the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the best results. Also, keep in mind there are some things that should never be done with any front-load washing machine. Never reach into the washing machine while it is still moving. Always wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop before opening the door. Never combine chlorine beach with other chemicals such as vinegar or ammonia, as this could produce toxic fumes. Never place garments or other clothes that have been contaminated with gasoline or other flammable substances into a front-load washing machine.


Most front-load washing machines come with a variety of settings that are designed to provide the most efficient cleaning for different types of clothing. Prior to putting a load into the wash, separate your laundry into piles according the the types recommended by your manufacturer. These include whites, permanent press, hand-wash and lingerie, among others. Open the front door and load the washing machine with one load of the same-type garment. Do not overload with more garments than your manufacturer recommends or cleaning power will be reduced. Close the door.


Select the appropriate soil level, spin speed, water temperature, wash cycle and any other pertinent options. Open the dispenser drawer and load the appropriate compartments with their corresponding pre-wash, detergent, bleach or fabric softener as needed. Front-load washers require high-efficiency detergent. Be sure to follow your manufacturer's recommendation regarding brands that work best. Close the dispenser drawer and press the start button. Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the clothing from the wash and either hang the items to dry or put them in the dryer.

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