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, you need a cycle that goes beyond the norm—like a heavy duty cycle engineered for extra dirty items or a delicate cycle designed for gentle cleaning and reduced wrinkling.

Before washing, check your owner’s manual for specific cycle info and use and care instructions. Always check your clothing's care tag for specific requirements like dry cleaning. 

SELECT A LAUNDRY CYCLE

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

CYCLE TIME

About 50 minutes to 1 hour

WHEN TO USE

For heavily soiled white fabrics and garments. Add chlorine bleach when washing white cotton, synthetics or other bleach-safe fabrics.

HOW IT WORKS

Uses a longer wash time with extra rinsing, and an extra-fast-speed spin to provide optimal cleaning and rinsing when bleach is used.

WATER TEMPERATURE

Very Warm/Hot

CYCLE TIME

About 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours and 50 minutes

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

CYCLE TIME

About 50 minutes to 1-1/2 hours

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

CYCLE TIME

About 45 minutes to 1-1/4 hours

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

Varies

CYCLE TIME

About 15 to 20 minutes

WHEN TO USE

For small loads of 2–4 lightly soiled garments that need to be cleaned quick.

HOW IT WORKS

Combines high speed tumbling, a shortened wash time and an extra-high-speed spin for reduced drying times.

WATER TEMPERATURE

Warm

CYCLE TIME

About 15 to 40 minutes

WHEN TO USE

Washing fabrics that wrinkle easily like dress and professional clothing or to work best with fabrics designed to be wrinkle-free. Look for the permanent press symbol (above) on your item's care tag

HOW IT WORKS

Uses warm water and slower spin cycles to release existing wrinkles and help prevent new ones from setting. Some washers have wrinkle prevention cycles that function in a similar way to permanent press, like the Wrinkle Control option by Maytag

WATER TEMPERATURE

Warm

CYCLE TIME

About 50 minutes to 1-1/4 hours

WHEN TO USE

For sturdy, extra-dirty loads that need intense cleaning. Use the PowerWash® cycle on select Maytag® washing machines to help remove everyday tough stains in a single wash by using a combination of extra wash action and heated water. Or, on select Maytag® top load washers, press the Extra Power button during the Heavy Duty cycle to boost stainfighting and get the Most Powerful Cleaning in its class.1

HOW IT WORKS

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

WATER TEMPERATURE

Very Warm/Hot

CYCLE TIME

About 1 to 2-1/4 hours

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

CYCLE TIME

About 50 minutes to 2 hours

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

CYCLE TIME

About 1-1/2 hours to 1 hour and 50 minutes

WHEN TO USE

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

HOW IT WORKS

Additional water works with robust wash action to effectively break down and rinse away everyday tough messes. For more water when you want it, the Deep Fill option fills the wash basket with your choice of deeper water levels.2

WATER TEMPERATURE

Warm

CYCLE TIME

About 1 to 1-1/4 hours

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1. Models with Extra Power option: MVW8230H, MVW7230H. Based on cleaning score of 18-lb load, among leading top load brands, 5.0–5.4 cu. ft. capacity agitator washers; models MVW6230H & MVW6230RH based on 16-lb load, among leading top load brands, 4.5–4.9 cu. ft. capacity agitator washers; model MVW7232H based on 18-lb load, among leading top load brands, 5.0–5.4 cu. ft. capacity impeller washers. All models with Heavy Duty cycle plus Extra Power vs. comparable cycles and options.

2. Bulky Items cycle only available with deepest water level.