How to know if you're overloading or underloading your washing machine

Putting too much or too little into your washing machine can affect how well it cleans clothes. The average load is 7kg, but can be anything from 6kg-12kg, depending on the machine. This guide helps you get it right.

We'd recommend leaving at least a hand's width of space between the top of the pile and the drum, depending on what you're washing.




Putting too much in your washing machine can mean the clothes move around in one mass, meaning the detergent can't circulate properly, so your clothes don't get clean. Here's a general guide to the maximum load for different types of fabric (based on a 6kg max load appliance).

  • Cotton - 6kg
  • Delicates - 2kg
  • Woollens - 2kg
  • Silks - 1kg




Not putting enough in your machine can cause problems too. It 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.


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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