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.

Filling a Maytag® washing machine dispenser with detergent.

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.

Swash™ detergent bottles.

The Smart Way to Wash

Maytag recommends Swash™ Laundry Detergent.1 Its Precision Pour Cap prevents overpouring and waste. Use one squeeze for regular loads and two for large loads. Swash™ Laundry Detergent’s 8x concentrated formula can be used in all machines. You get 4x more loads with the same amount of detergent.2

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

MORE ESSENTIAL LAUNDRY INFO

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

Master laundry fundamentals with this seven-step guide.

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

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  1. Swash and the recommending brands are owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.
  2. Vs. a traditional 2x detergent.