Housework 101: Washing Machines Symbols Explained

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Have you ever wondered what are those buttons on your washing machine? Probably, you are ready to wash your clothes and suddenly you do not know which button you will press.

No worries as these buttons are all functional. On the other hand, you need to know what are those symbols to make your washing machine performs well. Some washing machine models have buttons and their meanings attached to them. But, some of them simply just have symbols, which can make you think what are those for.

To guide you on how to use your washing machine, we have listed the following washing machine symbols and their meanings:

1. Arrows

A number of arrows that you see on your washing machine mean quick or super quick cycles. Basically, this button is designed for small loads of just about 1.5 kg like a pair of jeans and two shirts. Also, you can use this button if you are having a short time laundering. With this, no need to leave your clothes in the washing machine and wash them when you have time. You can easily wash your clothes with this fast cycle.

2. Flower or Feather

The flower or feather signifies washes for delicate clothes such as chiffon, satin, silk or the like. Often times, in the delicate cycle you use cold water and mild detergent to avoid any damages of the fabric. This cycle can remove dirt and bad odor from the clothes, yet it is not as efficient as the stronger cycle. On the other hand, it makes these delicate clothes safe and away from damages.

3. I symbol

The I in your washing machine drawer means they are the products that you are going to use in the pre-wash cycle. These include detergent for pre-wash or starch. Pre-wash is a cycle that you can run before you do the regular cycle. This cycle soaks your clothes and removes dust from your clothes. Also, keep in mind that you should not use the pre-wash cycle for delicate clothes, wool, and speed wash to prevent damages.

4. II Symbol

The II is the compartment for products for the main wash. These include the detergent for the main wash, pre-soaking agent, water softener, stain remover, and bleach. The main wash cycle utilises agitation to mix the detergent and water to clean the clothes. Often times, the heavy cleaning needs an amount of time and shorter time for light cleaning.

5. Full spiral and part-spiral or broken spiral

A full spiral means a spin and the part-spiral symbolizes a delicate spin, which lasts between 4 and 7 minutes. The delicate spin uses less agitation.  

6. Butterfly

The washing setting for silks is the butterfly icon. This is a form of the delicate cycle to avoid any damages on this type of fabric.

7. E symbol

The E symbol in your washing machine means economy.  It utilizes less water and electricity for a small number of loads. Hence, it will reduce your monthly utility costs.

The washing machine is indeed can make your laundry fast and easier. On the other hand, it is advisable that you know how to use it properly to extend its lifespan and make your work easier.

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