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Washing machine symbols guide

There's no need to get in a spin. Most washing machines clearly label the dial settings, so you know which one to use for every type of wash.

Some manufactures such as Hotpoint have numbered dial settings with a list of settings printed onto the detergent drawer.  However, you may find a few buttons or symbols that aren’t labelled. This guide will reveal all. 

Temperature 

Lets you set the maximum water temperature for your wash cycle. This is useful if your wash includes a garment with a 30-degree symbol on the label. It’s also a great way to save energy my washing at cooler temperatures.  

Rinse 

Rinse

Use this to choose the number of rinse cycles. Adding extra rinse cycles to your wash can help with particularly dirty washes, to make sure the clothes are thoroughly rinsed through.  

Spin 

Spin

Press to change the maximum spin speed of the current cycle. A lower spin speed will be kinder to your delicates but won’t remove as much water as a higher spin cycle.   

Options 

Options

Most machines will have some sort of ‘options’ feature and the types of options available to you will depend on the cycle that you have chosen.  

Delay end 

Delay end

This feature lets you choose the time your wash finishes or starts. If you’re setting the finish time, your machine will work out when it needs to start the wash. This is handy if you’re out at work all day but need to put a wash on. Just set it to finish as you arrive home.  

Easy Iron 

Easy iron

By lowering the spin speed or running a shorter spin cycle, this reduces the number of creases in your clothes making them easier for you to iron.  

Pre wash 

Pre wash

If you’re washing items that are heavily stained, it can help to add a Pre Wash. This adds a short wash cycle before the main wash to help work on any stubborn stains.  

Intensive wash 

Intensive wash

This is a useful setting for washing baby clothes or sportswear. It lengthens each cycle, giving your clothes a much more thorough wash.  

Now that you have a better understanding of what all those symbols mean, is it time to give it a spin? 

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