Treat stains immediately. To avoid washing and rewashing, treat stains before they set in, so they’ll be easier to remove in the wash. Just be sure the stain is gone before you put the clothing in the dryer, because the heat can set it the stain, making it harder to remove.
Do full loads. You’ll spend less time doing laundry this way, and save water and energy, too. Your washer manual will guide you on load size. If you’re shopping for a new washer, check the capacities in our washing machine ratings, and choose the best size for your family.
Use the fastest cycle for the job. The normal-wash/normal-soil setting should work for most loads, according to our testers, and is typically faster than the heavy-soil setting. (The cycle times in our washing machine ratings are based on the normal-wash/heavy-soil setting.) When your clothes aren’t that dirty, try the light-soil setting, or use a quick-wash cycle when the load is lightly soiled and small.
Try additional wash options. Some washers have options that trim time. Kenmore’s Accela Wash, LG’s TurboWash, and Samsung’s Super Speed options do just that. And in CR’s tests of front-loaders, they cut the wash time of our loads by about 15 to 20 minutes without affecting cleaning performance.
Use the right amount of HE detergent. Too much and it can cause the washer to rinse repeatedly, extending wash time and wasting water. So be sure to follow the instructions on the detergent label