With all washing machines, the load capacity can vary depending on the size of the actual machine. Typically the range can vary between 6kg to 12kg, with 7kg being the average in the United Kingdom. Overloading or even under loading the amount of clothes you need washed in the drum can have a significant effect on the efficiency of the washing cycle. Below are out top tips on loading your washing machine the correct way.

Overloading Your Washing Machine

It is quite often tempting to overload a washing machine, simply because you have a certain amount of clothes to wash and ultimately will save you time, but the results can be disappointing. Overloading a washing machine can cause the wash to just move around in the washing machine drum in one solid mass, which will not allow the detergent to disperse and circulate properly. This will prevent clothing items from agitating against each other sufficiently, which is a key part in the cleaning process.

A rule of thumb that we follow is that you should fill the drum of the washing machine to ensure that there is a reasonable space, for example a hand’s width) between the top of the pile of clothes and the actual metal drum. However, depending on the type of fabrics you are washing, the space may have to vary. To give a more accurate picture, cotton clothes can be washed in maximum capacity loads whereas almost all other fabrics should be less which will help minimize unnecessary creasing and help optimise the efficiency of the washing cycle. Based on a 6kg washing machine, these are what we recommend:


  • Cottons – maximum load at 6kg out of 6kg
  • Woollens – maximum load at 2kg out of 6kg
  • Minimum Iron – maximum load at 3kg out of 6kg
  • Delicates – maximum load at 2kg out of 6kg
  • Silks – maximum load at 1kg out of 6kg


Washing Machine Under loading

Equally, it is not a good idea to under load you washing machine either, as this can affect the efficiency of the spinning cycle. Potentially resulting in an unbalanced machine and triggering a safety mechanism. This can mean that the washing machine may not spin at the correct speed you want it to or not at all even.

Summary Guide:

6kg capacity is the equivalent to five small hand towels, six lightweight tops, 2pairs of trousers, ten pairs of socks, two bed sheets, two pairs of pillowcases or a jumper.

A 7.5kg capacity is usually five small towels, a jumper of two pairs of pillowcases, ten lightweight tops, two bed sheets or one duvet cover, four pairs of trousers, 20 pairs of socks.

10kg capacity can be eight small towels, five pairs of trousers, 30 pairs of socks, four pillowcases, three bed sheets, 15 lightweight tops.

However, in all cases, we would suggest that you refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details.

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