Your clothes should fit you as they’re meant to, not stretch or shrink to look like something you bought from the kid’s section. So your washing machine’s cycle is important. Choosing the right cycle can not only keep your clothes shapely, but help retain colors and even save you some time and money.
What are the different cycles?
Note that the below different washing options are available for the new Full Automatic Washing Machines.
The regular cycle is the go-to of the washing machine. It spins at a medium speed and includes a cool, rest process to reduce wrinkling. Perfect for dark colors, too, it won’t eat your clothes whole.
Laundry Room Tip: Zip up all your pants’ zippers and turn your jeans inside out before washPerfect for: cotton, linen, bedding, towels, jeans
Permanent press is perfect for synthetic fabrics, as it’s great at getting rid of nasty smells that can linger on man-made fabrics. Strong agitation plus slow spin is great for stopping wrinkles and piling.
This cycle doesn’t actually press anything and it’s not particularly permanent.
Laundry Room Tip: Wash your colors on permanent press and they’ll remain as colorful and bright.
Perfect for: synthetic fabrics such as knits, polyester and acetates
Delicate or Cool
Both do exactly the same thing: low agitation, so no stretching or ripping of your delicate items.
Laundry Room Tip: Perfect for your favorite wool items (if they can be washed), as it prevents shrinking.
Perfect for: silk, sequins, lingerie, sheer fabrics, tights and loosely woven items
Rapid Wash or Speed Wash
Again, two names, one cycle. Perfect for emergency washes, it has a short wash cycle and high-speed spin that gets the clothes drying quickly. Not the best for anything too dirty or too delicate.
Laundry Room Tip: Don’t chuck in very dirty items, as the cycle isn’t strong enough to remove the dirt.
Perfect for: emergency washes with slightly dirty items that aren’t delicate.
So there you go. Now you have all the knowledge to choose the right cycle for your wash without any hassle. Just make sure to use the right detergent too. Tide is perfect for all occasions, with a superior clean without extra steps. Just choose the right setting and it’ll all be great.