A sleek laundry room featuring a Maytag® washer and dryer pair.

HOW TO USE A TOP LOAD WASHING MACHINE

Get the most out of your machine with quick tips for how to use your top load washer.

Maytag® top-load washer filled with blue clothes.

HOW TO LOAD A TOP LOAD WASHER

  • Load hard-to-move bulky items first for better interaction with the agitator or impeller.

  • Throw items in loose heaps evenly around the agitator or impeller so they have room to move.

  • When washing bulky single items like a rug or jacket, add a few extra items around the tub to balance the weight.

 

ADDING DETERGENT, SOFTENER & STAINFIGHTERS

  • Pour detergent in the dispenser or, if there isn’t one, directly into the tub. Always follow the instructions on the packaging when measuring.

  • If your washer is High-Efficiency (HE), only use HE detergent. Learn more about HE detergent with this quick guide.

  • If using detergent pods, color-safe bleach or fabric softener crystals, add them directly to the tub before loading clothes. Do not put in the dispenser or on top of clothes.

  • Use designated dispensers when adding liquid chlorine bleach and fabric softener. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.

Filling a Maytag® washing machine dispenser with detergent.

 

Maytag® top-load washer properly loaded with clothes.

KNOW YOUR NOISES

At different stages of the wash cycle, you might hear noises that sound different from your previous washer.

  • Clicking at the beginning of the cycle means the washer is locking the lid in place and testing that it’s secure.

  • Humming and whirring sounds occur when the agitator is moving the load or the tub is slowing down.

  • Silence may indicate that the washer is soaking clothes or determining the right water level for your load.

 

Maytag® front-load washer installed on a level surface.

CHECK INSTALLATION

  • •  Ensure all feet are in firm contact with the floor and locked.

  • •  Make sure the washer and dryer are far enough apart that they don't touch when in use.

  • •  Confirm that both hot and cold water hoses are connected to the appropriate inlet valves.

 

 

More Essential Laundry Info

 

Washing Machine Settings Explained

Dive into this guide on laundry cycles — discover how they work and when to use them.

How to Do Laundry, from Start to Finish

Master laundry fundamentals with this seven-step guide.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine in 4 Steps

Follow these steps once every thirty washes — so clean clothes come out of a clean washer.

 

 


 

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