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Sorting and Loading your Front Load Washer

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Sorting - Front Load Washer

To maximize the effectiveness of your washer’s technology, do your part by properly sorting and loading items in to the drum. Mixing load types (soil level, fabrics, etc.) and overloading the drum reduces performance, increases wear and tear on fabrics, and increases energy consumption by unnecessarily extending wash time and water consumption.

For the best washing results, and to reduce the possibility of damage to clothing, care should be taken to sort the clothing into loads that are made up of similar items.Mixing different fabric types and/or soil levels can result in poor wash performance, color transfer, discoloration, fabric damage, or lint transferring from one fabric type to another.

Table showing comparison of colorr, soil level, lint and fabrics.


Sort articles by colors. Wash dark clothes together on a separate load from light colors or whites. Mixing dark clothes with light clothes can result in dye transfer or discoloration of the lighter clothes.

Soil Level  

Wash heavily soiled clothing together. Washing lightly soiled clothing in the same load with heavily soiled clothing could result in poor wash performance for the lightly soiled clothing or premature wear and tear of the fabrics.


Some fabrics attract and bind lint to them while others give off lint in the laundry process. Avoid mixing these lint collectors and lint producers in the same load. Mixing these fabrics will result in pilling and linting on the lint collectors. (For example, lint collector – knit sweater; lint producer – terry cloth towels.)


Delicate articles should not be mixed with heavy or sturdy fabric types. Washing heavy fabrics in a delicate load can result in poor wash poor performance for the heavy fabrics and possible damage to the delicates. Most articles of clothing feature fabric care labels that include instructions for proper care.


  • Wash underwear or small light items in a laundry net (mesh bag).

  • Check all pockets to make sure they are empty. Items such as clips, matches, pens, coins, and keys can damage both your washer and your clothes.

  • Close zippers, hooks, and drawstrings to prevent these items from snagging or tangling on other clothes.

  • Brush heavy soil, dust, or hair off fabrics before washer.

  • Pre-treat heavily stained areas before washing. Doing so will product clean, stain-free results.

  • Load clothes loosely and do not overfill the drum. Clothes need room to circulate for optimal cleaning performance.
    • The washer can be fully loaded, but the drum should not be tightly packed with items.
    • Do not press down on items while loading.
    • Check for foreign objects in the door seal and take extra care to ensure clothes are not caught in door seal. Foreign objects in the door seal may stain clothes or cause leakage.
  • When combining large and small items, load large items first.
    • Large items should not be more than half the total wash load.
  • Do not wash single items, except for bulky items such as blankets. Make sure to wash laundry in similar types of loads.
    • Washing a single small item may result in the tub becoming unbalanced, vibrating and making a noise.
  • Do not wash waterproof items. This may cause abnormal vibration or cause the load to bounce, which could damage the tub.
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