How to Wash Clothes in a Washing Machine

What you need:

  • Dirty clothes/linen
  • Washing machine
  • Washing basket
  • Washing powder/liquid


  1. Sort your clothes into different piles
    • White or very light clothes
    • Coloured clothes
    • Dark clothes
    • Towels / linen
  2. Be sure to check the pockets for rubbish, tissues etc and to do up any zips to keep them from getting damaged or catching on other clothes
  3. Wash each pile in a separate load
  4. Pour in the correct amount of washing powder / liquid(follow the directions on the container) into your washing machine drawer
  5. Choose the washing cycle on the washing machine and press the ‘Start’ Button. Remember to use the most effective wash cycle for large and small loads
  6. Where you can, use cold water to wash clothes. Generally cold water is just as effective as hot water, however some linen, sheets, towels and heavily soiled items should be washed in hot water
  7. Hang up clothes soon after the cycle has finished, to prevent them from smelling