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Post# 509606   4/6/2011 at 00:09 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi everyone.

What programmes, temperature and spin speed do people use on modern machines. On my Miele HomeCare I love the shirt programme. High water level on the shirt programme, and maximum of 60c, but only 600rpm. Sadly, it only has 2 rinses, but just love seeing the water half way up the door on water plus.


Post# 509611 , Reply# 1   4/6/2011 at 00:42 (4,630 days old) by mielerod69 (Australia)        
Extra rinse in shirts programme

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Hi Paul,

Go to your settings and in the water plus menu select water plus & extra rinse. When you do your next load of shirts press the water plus and you'll get a third rinse and even more water in the wash and rinses.


I have a the new W 5000 series and its great.

Post# 509612 , Reply# 2   4/6/2011 at 00:45 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi Rod.

Thanks for info. The shirt programme is fab, the only let down is the rinses. Will set machine for an extra rinse.



Post# 509621 , Reply# 3   4/6/2011 at 04:06 (4,630 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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The most used programme for us is:


Cotton 40c, Quick wash - 68 minutes in that's about 35-40minute wash, 2 good rinses with intermittant spins and a final 1200rpm spin...



Post# 509632 , Reply# 4   4/6/2011 at 04:57 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi Rod.

I programmed my machine to have water plus and extra rinse. Now the shirts programme now has 3 rinses, and very deep rinses too.



Post# 509634 , Reply# 5   4/6/2011 at 05:25 (4,630 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
I don't have a routine wash cycle...

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Hi there... I use several programmes, although I could easily give an account of the spin speeds and wash temperatures I use most according to the colour of the garments I'm washing. I can tell you right now that I never use the 600rpm spin setting.

Unfortunately I get mostly darks (near enough every day) and I frequently wash them at 30 or 40 (depending on how dirty they are or if they've been left in the laundry hamper for days), occasionally 50 degrees (my dark blue bathrobe) and I usually use a spin speed up to 1000rpm but often lower. I tend to use wash programmes with a long final spin for better water extraction, but I indulge in short spin cycles when I have a small load of clothes which will dry easily even on an airer.

My whites and sturdy colours often goes at 60 or 70 degrees on medium length cycles (less than 1.5 hours) except for those items with ground-in dirt which I tend to wash on long cycles (2.5 plus hours). For these loads I tend to set the spin on max (1400rpm) or a bit lower. Sometimes I'm put off by wash labels and I use a lower temperature even on light items... but in that case I would choose a longer programme.

Thank you for this thread ;-)

Post# 509637 , Reply# 6   4/6/2011 at 05:46 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Spin Speeds

Hi Haxisfan.

I have 2 seperate spin dryers that spin at 2800rpm, so always use my machine on a slow spin as it saves on wear and tear on my machine.



Post# 509644 , Reply# 7   4/6/2011 at 06:07 (4,630 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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for me its normal/casual wash water temp cold water + extra rinse

Post# 509660 , Reply# 8   4/6/2011 at 07:24 (4,630 days old) by FL1012 ()        
For me....

On our Zanussi WDA 1055W i use:

*Non Fast Coloureds 40c for Dark Coloureds/Jeans and (seperately) Bright Coloureds
*Fast Coloureds 60c for Towels
*Fast Coloureds 60c for Bedding, Underwear & Nightwear (PJs)

On my Parents Zanussi Essential you can add Prewash to several programs, so on that machine i do:

*Dark & Bright Coloureds on Cottons 40c. SuperQuick is used on very lightly soiled items
*Towels on standard Cottons 60c
*Bedding etc on Cottons 60c with Prewash & Extra Rinse

On my older Zanussi's (Z9292T & FL1012) i use:

*Non Fast Coloureds 40c for Coloureds (Dark & Bright)
*Fast Coloureds 60c for Towels
*Fast Coloureds Heavy Soil 60c for Bedding

As the older machines rinse with much more water, there would be no need to use Extra Rinse even if the machines had the option. Whereas on the Essential it is often necessary to use the extra rinse option or set the machine on the 'Rinses' program at the end of the cycle. The WDA 1055W only occasionally needs an extra rinse despite using only a small amount more water than the Essential.


Post# 509662 , Reply# 9   4/6/2011 at 07:42 (4,630 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        

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I see your point. I was wondering, can you decide on the spinning time with a clothes spinner? And to you have to split your loads into 2 before transferring it from your Miele to the spinner?


I forgot to mention wash times... my dark garments regardless of the temperature will be submitted to a main wash cycle of a length between 20 and 40 minutes. I noticed you use the programme non-fast cotton 40 for your darks, and I like that cycle, but only if used with the 'time saver' function as it would have a main wash of approx 25 minutes... otherwise it would last more or less 1 hour. That's in my Hoover, your Zanussi might be different.

Bye now.

Post# 509691 , Reply# 10   4/6/2011 at 10:16 (4,630 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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On our Indesit W102 machine for everyday clothes (t-shirts, jeans, underwear) I use a number 4 program which is a Daily program, 40 degrees, takes one hour with two deep rinses and a long 1000rpm spin at the end. Occasionally i hit the Rapid button which takes it down to about 45 mins, just shortening the wash, not skimping on rinse or spin times...

Whites and Towels go together as we have light coloured towels on a number 2 program at 70 degrees. Its called an Extra program and runs for about two hours. Same rinsing and spinning as above. This is just so the ground in dirt from my white socks comes out.

Bedding gets a number 3 cycle which is just Normal. 50 degrees. Times can vary as my bedding is the only thing that seems to upset the balancing system on the machine. Normally everything never needs to re-balance, just straight into spin, but bedding just doesn't like to balance, going to remedy this hopefully by washing the duvet cover on its own.

Tea Towels and Cleaning Cloths get saved up over about 3 weeks since we have 20 of each. When i decide to wash them (noone else really pays attention) they get the full everything. Number 1 wash which a Prewash + Extra wash cycle at 90 degrees. Eucalyptus oil goes into the wash as this seems to get rid of that 'tea towel' smell that can come up even after intensive washing.

My housemates mainly use the number 3 cycle at 40 degrees. I make sure the dial is reset to 40 and not moved because my housemates were uneducated in laundry and were washing clothes at 90 degrees thinking this was the time of the cycle. Because we only have it connected to cold water they were convinced they were getting a cold water 90 minute cycle. Sigh...

Occasionally I use the Synthetic cycles on small loads but the tumbling on the rinse cycles is very slow. It has a good spin cycle however, not too long at 800rpm.

Anyway that's my program habits, great thread :-D


Post# 509746 , Reply# 11   4/6/2011 at 15:31 (4,630 days old) by zanussi_lover (Nottingham, UK)        

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In my Beko WM5120

I use the cottons 60+Extra Rinse for heavy soiled teatowels/towels/bedding

cottons 40+Quick wash for normal clothes which aren't really that dirty

synthetics 30+quick when im in a hurry, as it only takes 40 mins.

Post# 509747 , Reply# 12   4/6/2011 at 15:44 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Spin Times

Hi Haxisfan.

I have 2 spin dryers, one a creda and the other a miele. My towels and cottons I spin for about 5 mins which really does makes such a difference. Also, if I use my tumble dryer it cuts the cost down a lot.

If I have a full load of towels and cottons I use both spin dryers. As for any other fabrics, then 3 mins is enough time.

By using my washing machine on a slow spin, say 600rpm, then it will extend the life of my washing machine.

I have posted some pics of my spin dryers on the spin dryer thread.



Post# 509748 , Reply# 13   4/6/2011 at 15:51 (4,630 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        

As the name suggests, Cottons Universal I use for 80% of loads, altering the temperature to suit the load.  Minimum Iron if the load contains more delicate clothes, say, 15% of the time, and Cottons Hygiene/Woollens/Quick Wash make up the other 5%.  I will use Denim if I have a full load of jeans, but that's very rare nowadays and the odd pair of jeans will go in with darks.


Paul - interesting approach you have to spinning.  I never turn the spin down, and my washers coming up to 6 now, has washed for a navy and a half, and plenty of life in it yet :).



Post# 509751 , Reply# 14   4/6/2011 at 15:58 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Spin Speeds

Hi Lavamat jon.

I know miele are very good machines and can cope with high spin speeds. I just let the 2 spin dryers do all the hard work, lol.



Post# 509752 , Reply# 15   4/6/2011 at 16:05 (4,630 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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...try this if you havn't already...


When washing sheets/duvet covers...


- hold sheet at one end and grab in the middle

- feed into machine...

- do the same for the fitted sheet, but smooth the air out of it

- do the duvet cover up and treat it the same way....


The old Zodiac 12's were not great at balancing a full load, but this seemed to help them...

Post# 509758 , Reply# 16   4/6/2011 at 16:35 (4,630 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Wash Programmes

Hi Guys.

I have tried nearly every programme on my miele homecare, bearing in mind the machine was given to me free of charge and had no instruction book.

I always wash my whites, cottons, bedding on 60c, and anything else on 40c. The cotton programmes will give a long spin during the rinses. The minimum iron, and some other programmes only has a short spin during the rinse cycle. The delicates, shirt programmes does not spin during the rinses. I have managed to work out the homecare programme, it has quite a few extra programmes, ie, curtains, and more programmes, not sure which other programmes it offers.

The delicate & shirt programme has deep wash & rinse water levels, and goes up to 60c, and the shirt programme has nice long tumble periods.



Post# 509781 , Reply# 17   4/6/2011 at 18:34 (4,630 days old) by mrx ()        

In our Bosch Logixx 8 :

Towels - 60°C Cottons + Rinse Plus 1600rpm. Sometimes, if it's a white towels wash 90°C

T-Shirts/Jeans/shirts and pretty everything else - 30 or 40°C Easy Care +WashPlus+RinsePlus (Sometimes) 1200rpm

I don't really use the other programmes other than the odd wool wash or maybe the occasional use of the 15 min super quick cycle for the odd item that needs a very brief freshen-up. The only thing I would say about this cycle is that you're far better off to use liquid detergents such as Persil S&M and absolutely NEVER use thick gels i.e. Ariel Excel gel. It simply does not dissolve quickly enough, even powder works faster!

Post# 509908 , Reply# 18   4/7/2011 at 03:02 (4,629 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        

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Hi there... thanks for replying.

It's nice to see you're taking great care of your appliance anyway ;-)

Congratulations for your spinners, I saw them in the other thread.

Post# 509965 , Reply# 19   4/7/2011 at 10:18 (4,629 days old) by dyson2drums (United Kingdom)        

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In my Dyson

Coloreds - cottons 40oc, 1400 A class spin, dirt & stains with extra rinse.

whites, towels and bedding - cottons 50oc or 60oc, 1400 A class spin, dirt & stains with extra rinse.

Denim, hoodies, shirts etc - synthetics 40oc, 1100 spin, dirt & stains with extra rinse.

Occasional wool wash at 40oc with 800 spin.

Duvets - Duvet program 60oc or 40oc, 800 spin with extra rinse.

I always use extra rinse to get three rinses, for my sensitive skin, however recently I haven't been selecting extra rinse on any of the cycles, and no problems :)

Cool thread

Post# 509993 , Reply# 20   4/7/2011 at 13:34 (4,629 days old) by issamhashem ()        
hi this me issam hashem

in my lg cotton pro 12oo rpm super silent quite good machine

Post# 510144 , Reply# 21   4/8/2011 at 06:02 (4,628 days old) by matthewza (Cape Town, South Africa)        

my samsung top loader has a memory function where i can make my own program. i use that most of the time. 30 min wash, 1 rinse as i dint use fabric softener, and 6 min spin. i use cold water and the new zealnd Xpert washing powder. when i have a full denim load i either use fuzzy or blanket. and when i have the day befores clothes i use the eco+ cycle. bedding gets done on blanket but with a warm wash. same for towels. i do the whites in my LG turbo drum on the jean cycle with warm water and Skip perfect white washing powder. set it to soak, wash, rinse, spin

Post# 510278 , Reply# 22   4/8/2011 at 16:15 (4,628 days old) by jerrod6 (Southeastern Pennsylvania)        

In my Miele


Cottons 120f  default quick cycle with added options of cold pre-wash(heated to warm before wash starts), water+ extra rinse for white underwear and sock loads 

Cottons 190f Extended option(European time length), water+ extra rinse for  heavily soil white load


Cottons 105f default quick cycle for most light and bright colors and sheets except dark black or blue

Cottons 65f default quick cycle for dark cottons


Perma Press 65f for dark cotton dress slacks

Dress shirts 105f for dress and casual shirts


Jeans 105f for jeans

Delicates 105f for fleece sweat shirts and pants

Delicates 85f for Lycra gym clothes


Silk -  tap cold for one or two items once in a while.


Spin speeds:  I use High for most cotton loads, Max for white underwear and socks, medium for Perma press and delicates, medium for jeans.  One thing about the speeds is that even though you may select high for jeans or perma press you will only get the last 30 seconds at the high speed.  The spin speeds before that will be a combination of burst spins, and low or  medium speeds until the last 30 seconds. There are no interim spins in Jeans and delicates programs.


Post# 510299 , Reply# 23   4/8/2011 at 18:10 (4,628 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

Whites: Electrolux Ecoturbo (Frigidaire Afinity), Sanitization cycle, no extra rinse, max speed spin (1300 RPM).

Light colors: Electrolux LE750, program 3, 50C.

Towels Electrolux LQ11 top loader: program A, Turbo clean, low or med water level, hot water, extra rinse.

Blacks: Electrolux LT60, economy cycle with 2 rinses (it saves the water)

Jeans: Drean Family, longest cycle. Spin and Ecoturbo after the cycle is done as this machine has no spin.

Sheets: Electrolux ecoturbo, "heavy" cycle, hot water, max spin speed.

Kitchen towels: Usually at the portable mini twin tub, Very hot water, 15 minutes agitation plus three manual rinses.

Skeankers: Electrolux LQ11, with the sneakers accessory and "Sneakers" cycle.

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