Close-up of a Maytag® washing machine cycle controls.

WASHING MACHINE SETTINGS EXPLAINED

The Normal cycle is a go-to for day-to-day loads. But when different stains and fabric types pile up in the laundry basket, get the most out of your machine with cycles that go beyond the norm. Check your owner's manual for your washer's specific cycles. 
​Always check the use and care instructions on your appliance and clothing labels before washing.

Select a laundry cycle

A blue shirt in Maytag® top-load washer that's filled with water.

Normal

 

When to use

For normally soiled cottons, linens, sheets and mixed garment loads.

 

How it works

Combines high spin speeds and warm water. This cycle is designed to provide the most energy efficiency.

 

Water Temperature

Warm

 

Blue clothes being washed in a Maytag® top-load washer.

Cold Water Wash

 

When to use

Washing bright or darkly colored cotton, linens, casual items, mixed loads or clothes with cold water stains. Find out which stains need cold water with this quick guide.

 

How it works

Uses cold water with additional wash action to gently lift stains.

 

Water Temperature

Cold

 

Close-up of a white knit blanket.

DELICATE

 

When to use

For lightly soiled sheer fabrics, lingerie, sweaters, blouses, pants or anything recommending a “gentle” cycle on the tag.

 

How it works

Combines gentle wash action and low-speed spin for gentle cleaning and reduced wrinkling.

 

Water Temperature

Cold

 

A Maytag® washer rinsing clothes.

RINSE & SPIN

 

When to use

For items that need a rinse without detergent, such as swimwear. 

 

How it works

Combines a rinse and high-speed spin. Use on its own or add to loads needing an extra rinse.

 

Water Temperature

Cold

 

Close-up of several shirt sleeves.

WRINKLE CONTROL

 

When to use

Washing button-up shirts, professional clothes, linens, activewear or non-iron clothing. Similar to permanent press, use for any item with that symbol on its tag.


How it works

Combines low-speed wash action and medium-speed spin for gentle cleaning and reduced wrinkling.


Water Temperature

Warm

 

 

Folded blue and gray bath towels stacked in three separate piles.

HEAVY DUTY

 

When to use

For sturdy, dirty loads that need intense cleaning. Use the PowerWash® cycle by Maytag to deliver powerful cleaning to heavily soiled items.

 

How it works

Combines extra wash action, heated water and high spin speeds for a deep clean.

 

Water Temperature

Very Warm/Hot

 

A Maytag® top-load washer with its door open.

Bedding

 

When to use

Washing large items like sheets, sleeping bags, small comforters, jackets and small rugs.

 

How it works

Fills washer with enough water to wet down the load, then some washers fill with higher water levels than other cycles.

 

Water Temperature

Warm

 

Maytag® top-load washer filled with hot water.

SANITIZE

 

When to use

For clothes, bedding and towels that require sanitization.

 

How it works

Uses hot or extra-hot water to help kill the most common bacteria found in laundry. Some sanitize cycles require the use of an Oxi product in the Oxi dispenser of the washer.

 

Water Temperature

Hot/Extra Hot

 

Maytag® top-load washer filled with the maximum amount of water.

DEEP WATER WASH

 

When to use

For heavily soiled casual and mixed loads. Items could include towels, jeans and sturdy fabrics. This is only availble on top load washers.

 

How it works

Provides additional water and alternating wash action.

 

Water Temperature

Warm

 

 

Learn More Laundry Basics
 

What Are Your Laundry Symbols Telling You?

Decode the symbols on your clothing tag to learn what they really mean.

How (and Why) to Use High-Efficiency (HE) Detergent in Your Washing Machine

Learn the ins and outs of using HE detergent in your washing machine.

Washing with Low Water Levels

Learn about your washer’s water levels and how to use them to your advantage.

 

 

 


 

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