Most of us have semi-automatic washing machines at our home, as they are budget-friendly and do not cost much compared to the fully-automatic washing machine.
Semi-automatic washing machines only wash your clothes automatically, but you have to resin the clothes manually and put them in the dryer, unlike the fully-automatic washing machine.
However, the question remains: how to use a semi-automatic washing machine or, in other words, how to wash clothes in a semi-auto washing machine?
Believe me, whether it is a top load or front load semi-auto washing machine, the steps are similar. And it is easy to follow.
However, after the usage of the washing machine, its maintenance is also essential; in other words, to clean a semi automatic washing machine is also important.
Don’t worry today; I am here with the step-by-step guide on washing clothes in the semi-auto washing machine and cleaning it.
How to wash clothes in the semi automatic washing machine?
To explain to you the question- of how to wash clothes in the semi-automatic washing machine, I suggest you follow the steps mentioned below-
1. Separate your clothes.
Before you put your clothes in the washing machine, I highly recommend you separate your clothes based on the colour and fabric.
When you put all the dark clothes with the light one or the white clothes, the chances of the colour bleeding is higher, so it is advised to separate them before you put them in the washing machine.
However, you can put all the light-coloured clothes first, and then you can add the remaining dark-coloured clothes; it might be more beneficial for you if you can’t wash the light and dark fabric clothes separately
2. Selection of the Right Detergent.
When you search for detergent in the market, you will find different types of detergent, such as powder and liquid detergent. However, today I will only talk about liquid detergent, as liquid detergent is more efficent than powder detergent as much as I believe in a semi automatic washing machine.
Before you select a liquid detergent, you must know that based on the type of washing machine itself, you will find two types of liquid detergent-
- Semi automatic washing machines, liquid detergent, and
- Fully-automatic washing machine liquid detergent.
However, you will also find different liquid detergents based on the loading type of the washing machine. For example,
- Top load washing machine liquid detergent, and
- Front-load washing machine liquid detergent.
When you use a semi automatic washing machine, you don’t need to worry about the type of liquid detergent, as they are designed for hand usage. In contrast, when you have a fully-automatic washing machine, I highly recommend you look for the appropriate type of liquid detergent, whether top load or front load type.
Here in the case of a semi-automatic washing machine, You can select any liquid detergent whether you have a top load or front load semi automatic washing machine.
If you ask about the best liquid detergent for the semi automatic washing machine, then my personal choice will be the Surf Excel Matic Front Load Liquid Detergent. However, if you want to use powder detergent, I suggest you check out the Surf Excel Matic Front Load Detergent Washing Powder.
Please note that liquid detergents from a good brand such as Surf excel or Arial are efficient in washing clothes even if you have hard water in your locality.
3. Set Spin time as per your laundry.
As you put the detergent in your washing machine, you next have to put the clothes in the washing machine and select the spin and wash time.
However, different types of clothes/laundry need different spin and wash times. For example, if you have too many dirty clothes, you must put the spin + wash time higher, up to 40 minutes.
But for less dirty or delicate clothes, you need to select less time, for example, 30 minutes.
Select one as per your requirements.
4. Drain out the water from the washing machine.
As the laundry is cleaned, you need to turn the knod to drain the dirty water from the washing drum; as you do that, all the dirty water is drained out from the washing drum.
Now remove the clothes from the washing machine, put the clean water in the tub again, and put back the washed clothes and resin them for a few minutes.
Note- if you keep the clothes after draining water from the drum and put clean water in it, this might leave some dirt on your laundry.
You can set a timer for a couple of minutes to resin the clothes with clean water.
5. Put the clothes in the dryer.
As you resin the clothes, this is the time to put them in the spin/dryer tub to dry the clothes. You might get a deal with the spin tub, from which you can select the appropriate timer for drying clothes.
Please keep in mind the weight of the laundry you put in the spin drum, as some washing machines only allow limited weight. For example, you can’t put laundry of 8Kg and more in the dryer in an LG semi-automatic washing machine.
Now take out the clothes from the dryer as they are dried almost completely, then you can put your clothes under the sunlight for an hour, and your clothes will be dried completely.
6. Maintenance and Cleaning of Semi-automatic Washing Machine
Whether you use a washing machine or an air conditioner, maintenance of your appliance is very important. After using the washing machine, I recommend you clean it.
When you use powder detergent, some traces of the powder remain in the tub, which you can drain out with a mug of water. Apart from that, you can use a wet cloth to wipe the washing machine from the outside. It will increase the lifespan of the body of the washing machine.
Now the question comes, how to clean a semi automatic washing machine from the inside?
Cleaning a semi-automatic washing machine is not a tough job. To understand how to clean semi automatic washing machine , I divided its steps into two parts such as-.
- Cleaning of the washer, and
- Cleaning of the dryer.
How to clean the washer?
According to the best check, you can clean the washer differently. One of the ways is mentioned below.
- Set your washing machine up to the highest load and fill it with warm water.
- Add 2-4 cups of white vinegar and let the machine spin for a minute to dissolve the vinegar.
- Next, add half a cup of baking soda and rerun the machine for a minute.
- As you stop the washing machine, please keep it on rest for about an hour.
- After one hour, put some water in the tub and run the machine for a couple of minutes to wash the vinager+baking soda.
- You can also use a moist cloth or microfiber to clean any residue left in the washer.
Follow the steps mentioned above to clean your semi automatic washing machine washer.
How to clean the dryer?
You can remove the lint trap and wash it with a soft brush or dish detergent. Also, remove the outlet vent of the dryer and connecting pipe of the semi automatic washing machine and clean it manually.
Conclusion: Tips to wash clothes in the semi-auto washing machine.
Semi automatic washing machines are not only budget-friendly but also provide large capacity, unlike the fully-automatic washing machine.
It saves water and is power efficient. However, half of the washing of clothes is done manually, which is a big drawback of a semi-auto washing machine; after all, it is a semi automatic washing machine which is expected.
At last, I would say to use liquid detergent instead to powder detergent to avoid powder traces and clean your semi-auto washing machine every three to six months. It will increase the lifespan of the unit.
I hope you have liked our in-depth guide on how to use a washing machine; if you have any doubts or suggestions regarding using a semi-auto machine, then let me know in the comments.
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Frequently Asked Questions.
You put water as per the laundry and then put the detergent, then put the clothes, select the appropriate wash timer, and wait to resin the clothes and put it in the dryer.
It is budget-friendly and does not consume much power and water.
The main disadvantage of the semi-washing machine is that it requires manual effort, for example, putting clothes from the washing drum into the dryer.
Yes, you can leave the wet clothes in the washer, but it is recommended you do not keep them for more than 12 hours. It might cause colour bleeding and affect other clothes.
Semi automatic washing machines are budget-friendly, but sometimes you might need to use the scrubber in case of very severe strains. Still, in the case of fully automatic washing machines, they remove the most burdensome strain effortlessly.