Front Load Washing Machines

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How much detergent do I need for each load?

The amount of detergent required depends on the sort of detergent you use. Just follow the instructions on the back of the packet and you'll be fine.

Where does the lint from my washer go?

That depends on the sort of washer you have. Some will wash the lint they collect down the drain at the end of the wash cycle. Others will collect it in a tub at the top of the agitator, which has to be cleaned out. Sometimes a washer will have a filter near the top of the barrel, which again needs to be cleaned out periodically.

How delicate is the "delicate" cycle?

Some manufacturers recommend not running delicate items through the machine at all. Others may say not to run a spin cycle while they are inside. It is difficult to measure exactly how delicate a cycle really is, but generally if a machine has a 'Delicate Cycle', this will be more than gentle enough for some lingerie and other delicate items.

What causes those fuzzy balls on some clothing?

The fuzzy balls are commonly known as pilling. They are caused by a combination of heat and the clothes rubbing together. When we wear clothes, they rub against us, which tears some parts of the fibre loose. The same thing happens during the early stages of a wash cycle, and gets worse during the spin cycle, which moves the clothes around a lot more. This results in the loose fibre forming balls on the outside of the fabric, and sometimes ripping free and falling onto other clothes.

Why do some clothing dealers suggest washing clothes inside out?

The main reason to turn your clothes inside out is to protect them. A lot of the wear and tear that ruins clothes can be attributed to the washing and drying process. By turning them inside out you protect the outer visible layer of the clothes from the strain and constant friction of the washing process.

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