Why You Should Avoid Using the Quick Wash Cycle on Your Washing Machine

Why You Should Avoid Using the Quick Wash Cycle on Your Washing Machine

Using the quick wash cycle on your washing machine might seem convenient, especially when you're short on time. However, it can be costly for your clothes, your washing machine, and your wallet.

Using the quick wash cycle on your washing machine might seem like a time-saver, but it can end up costing you more in the long run. It can be useful in specific situations, such as when you're in a hurry, washing a few dirty items, or refreshing clothes that have been stored for a while, but not yet worn. However the quick wash should never be your go-to option.

For the best results, and to prolong the lifespans of both your clothes and your washing machine, it's better to use a traditional wash cycle, especially for larger or dirtier loads. Here's why the quick wash cycle might not be the best choice for your laundry needs:

  • Limited Effectiveness - The quick wash cycle typically only heats the water to 30 degrees Celsius, making it less effective at removing tough stains and dirt. With less water and shorter soak times, detergents don't have enough time to work properly, particularly on heavily soiled items.
  • Insufficient Water Use - This cycle uses less water, which can be problematic if you overload the drum. Insufficient water means your clothes won't be cleaned properly, and detergent residues might remain.
  • Potential for Allergic Reactions - Since detergent may not dissolve fully during a quick wash, residue left on clothes can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions.
  • Poor Disinfection - The quick wash cycle is not suitable for disinfecting heavily soiled items like baby clothes, bed linens, or towels, which require thorough cleaning at higher temperatures.

  • Increased Energy Consumption - Contrary to what you might think, quick wash cycles can use more energy. The washing machine needs to heat water quickly and spin clothes at a higher speed, which can result in higher energy use.
  • Greater Wear and Tear on the Machine - Quick cycles demand the washing machine to operate at higher intensity, which can cause more wear and tear, reducing the machine's lifespan.
  • Damage to Clothes - Rapid cycles can be harsher on fabrics due to the faster and more forceful spinning. This can lead to quicker wear and tear on your clothes, especially delicate items like silk, wool, or lace.
  • Limited Load Size - Quick wash cycles are only effective for small loads. Overloading the drum can prevent water and detergent from distributing evenly, resulting in poorly washed clothes.

So the next time you go to do your laundry, remember this advice, you could be saving on both your electricity and water bills and more importantly, your clothes should be cleaner.