Kit Guide: How to know if you're overloading your washing machine


Putting too much or too little into your washing machine can affect how well it cleans clothes – but this guide will help you get it right.




Putting too much in your washing machine can cause the clothes to move around in one mass. This means the detergent can't circulate properly, so your clothes don't get fully clean.

Here's a general guide to the maximum load for different types of fabric, based on a washer with a 6 kg maximum load:

  • Cottons: 6 kg
  • Delicates: 2 kg
  • Woollens: 2 kg
  • Silks: 1 kg


How to tell if it's overloaded

The average maximum load is 7 kg, but can be anything from 6 to 12 kg, depending on the machine.

Your manufacturer's manual should be able to tell you the exact maximum load for your washer. But as a rule of thumb, we recommend leaving at least a hand's width of space between the top of the pile and the drum.




Not putting enough in your machine can cause problems too. This can affect the machine's 'balance protection system' – which means the drum might not spin properly. It can also waste water, because the machine's wash program will still run as if it's washing a full load.

For that reason, it's always worth washing as close to a full load as possible – which should also save you time.


Hopefully that's all you need, but if you want any extra help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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