Washing Machine

Understanding your machine’s wash cycle

Each cycle serves a specific purpose, ensuring that your clothes are cleaned effectively. Whether you have cotton or delicate fabrics, there's a cycle designed to meet your needs. From the standard cycles like Normal, Heavy Duty, and Delicate, to specialised cycles like Quick Wash and Allergen, there's a program for every situation. By familiarising yourself with the various washing machine programs, you can make informed decisions about which cycle to use for different types of clothing and levels of dirtiness – protecting your delicates from damage and giving stained clothes a stronger wash. This can also help to understand the cost associated with different washes and wash times. So let's dive into the world of washing machine programs.

washing machine’s wash cycle

Does a quick wash clean clothes properly?

A washing machine short cycle is a popular option for busy households who need to clean their clothes in a hurry. But does it really clean clothes effectively? The quick wash cycle is designed to provide a shorter and faster cleaning process, typically lasting around 15 to 30 minutes. It is ideal for lightly soiled clothes or items that have been worn for a short period of time. It is also important to remember not to overload the machine when using quick cycles or put too-dirty clothes on this setting as the garments will most likely not get a thorough cleaning.

Does a quick wash clean clothes properly?

Step 1: Sorting your laundry

Sorting your laundry is the first step in optimising your washing machine cycle and ensuring the best cleaning results are achieved. Separating clothes based on colour, fabric type and level of dirtiness can prevent colour bleeding, fabric damage and achieve a more efficient wash. Start by sorting your laundry into different piles: whites and lights, darks and delicates. Additionally, separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled ones to make sure that the dirtiest clothes receive the necessary cleaning power. Sorting your laundry not only helps protect your clothes from damage but it also improves the effectiveness of your chosen wash cycle.

Sorting your laundry

Step 2: Choosing the right temperature

Selecting the appropriate temperature for your washing machine cycle is crucial. Cold water is suitable for colours and stained clothes, as it helps prevent colour fading while still providing effective cleaning thanks to Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power powder, which removes stains at 20°C and in 30 minutes.For whites you can also use cold water thanks to Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White powder which removes stains and restores whites even at 20 degrees Celsius. Lastly, cold water is suitable for delicate fabrics and lightly soiled items, as it helps preserve their quality and prevent shrinkage. You can see our guide to washing white clothes, dark clothes and towels for more information and tips.

Choosing the right temperature

Selecting the appropriate cycle

Understanding the available cycles on your washing machine and their specific purposes will help you make the right choice for each load of laundry. Different cycles offer different combinations of agitation, spin speed and water temperature to effectively clean specific types of clothes. For heavily soiled items, the Heavy Duty or Intensive cycle is recommended. This cycle provides longer wash times, increased agitation and higher spin speeds to tackle tough stains and dirt. On the other hand, for delicate fabrics, the Delicate or Hand Wash cycle offers gentle agitation and lower spin speeds to prevent damage. Choosing the right one will help achieve the best cleaning results based on the type of fabric and level of dirtiness.

Selecting the appropriate cycle

Step 4: Adding laundry products and Vanish

Detergent and other laundry products work together to break down stains, remove dirt and leave your clothes fresh and clean. When it comes to detergent, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended amount based on the load size and level of dirtiness. Using too little detergent may result in ineffective cleaning, while using too much can leave residue on your clothes. You may also consider using fabric softener to make your clothes feel softer and reduce static cling. In addition, use Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power powder that removes tough stains even at 20 degrees Celcius and prevents colour transfer and for whites use Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White powder which removes stains and keeps whites whiter.

Adding laundry products and Vanish

Starting the washing machine cycle

Before starting the cycle, double-check the drum is not overloaded. Overloading can prevent proper agitation and rinsing, resulting in less effective cleaning. It's important to leave enough space for the water and detergent to circulate freely. Next, choose the desired settings for your cycle, such as spin speed and additional options like pre-wash or extra rinse. These settings can be adjusted based on the specific needs of your laundry load.

Once you’ve made all the necessary selections, close the door or lid of the washing machine and press the start button. The machine will now begin the washing process, agitating the clothes, rinsing out the detergent and spinning to remove excess water. During the cycle, it's important to avoid opening the machine unnecessarily, as this can disrupt the cleaning process.

Starting the washing machine cycle


Optimising your washing machine cycle is essential for achieving clean and fresh clothes. By understanding the different cycles, sorting your laundry, choosing the right temperature and cycle based on fabric and dirtiness, adding the necessary laundry products and starting the washing machine cycle correctly, you can make the most out of your washing machine. Remember, a well-maintained and efficiently used washing machine can save you time and effort in the long run. So now that you have all the information you need to understand why your machine has different settings, you can put them to use and have stress-free washing days!