Do you think it is essential to know how to use a washing machine? YES – it is crucial because there are different types of washing machines with various features and settings. It would help if you learned to use it in the right way to wash your clothes efficiently.
Today, we will discuss semi-automatic washing machines and how to use them.
What is a semi-automatic top loader washing machine?
The first thing you need to understand about a semi-automatic washing machine is that it is not fully automated. This means that the washing process is not entirely automatic; neither is it fully manual. Certain steps have to be manually done, but the harder ones are done by the machine automatically.
Also, a semi-automatic washing machine comes only in top load washing machine models. So, the drum or the tub for this type of washing machine is placed vertically. You have to load the clothes through the top of the appliance.
A semi-automatic washing machine has two compartments – a wash tub and a rinse tub. The former is for washing the clothes while the latter is used to rinse, i.e., to remove as much as water from the cloth.
Let us look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of a semi-automatic washing machine.
|It is affordable.||More likely to get shocks if wiring isn’t proper.|
|Lesser water consumption and wastage.||More manual effort; hence it is time-consuming.|
|Weighs lighter than a fully automatic washing machine.||Does not have a lot of automatic features and controls like a fully automatic washing machine.|
|Easily portable.||Requires more storage space as it has twin tubs.|
|Comparatively eco-friendly||It is not very efficient as it does not run on modern technology.|
How to use Semi-Automatic Washing Machine?
Step 1 – Set up the machine
I would suggest the best place to set up the semi-automatic washing machine is a place which has an electric outlet and a sink. A semi-automatic washing machine functions on electricity, so it is best to keep it near an electric outlet. You need to fill in the water manually for this type of washing machine, so it is ideal to place it near a sink. A kitchen or a bathroom is the most suitable place.
A water hose and a drain pipe usually come with a semi-automatic washing machine. Tightly connect one end of the water hose to the machine and the other to the faucet or sink tap.
Keep the drainpipe/hose into the sink so that water does not leak and cause a mess. If the drainpipe is too short to reach the sink, you can use a bucket, but you might have to empty it once it fills up.
Step 2 – Segregate your white from the colored
After you set up the washing machine, you can move on to the next step to separating the clothes. Whatever your washing machine type be, it is a must to separate your light-colored clothes from the dark. This is done to avoid the dark colors catching onto the light ones, i.e., stops color breeding.
Other ways you can segregate your clothes are based on your spin cycle and fabric. Try to wash similar fabric clothes together. Also, you can separate it based on the ones that need a shorter wash cycle and one with a longer wash cycle.
This also plays a vital role in the amount of water used. So, indirectly segregating clothes also helps save water.
Step 3 – Pour in the water
If you are an environmentalist and water is one of your concerns, this is the ideal washing machine. Unlike a fully automatic washing machine, this one does not require a continuous water supply. You have to add water manually, which means that you can control the amount of water that goes into the washing machine. Fill the machine with 2/3 water and then turn the tap off.
Step 4 – Add the detergent powder or liquid
Pour your choice of detergent into the water but make sure you use the right amount depending on the load. It is always best to use a liquid detergent over a powder detergent as it does dissolve in water quickly and does not leave any residue on the clothes neither in the washing machine. In case you are confused about this, read the instruction given on the detergent packet.
Step 5 – Add the clothes
Next, you can add the clothes to the drum but make sure that you do not cramp it. Once you add the clothes in, try putting your hand in. If it fits smoothly, then you can go on to the next step. The maximum capacity of a semi-automatic washing machine is roughly around four to eight kilograms.
Step 6 – Start the wash cycle
Did you know that you can set a timer on your washing machine? Well, yes, you can – but the duration of the wash cycle depends on how dirty the clothes are. In case your clothes are filthy, then opt for a 15 to 20 minutes wash. But if it is not so dirty, go for a six to nine minutes wash cycle.
Also, the types of wash you select depend on the clothes’ material as well. You can opt for the regular wash for everyday garments, heavy wash for oversized clothes, and delicate wash for delicate fabric. Once you select the time and the wash type, then you can start the washing machine.
Step 7 – Transfer the clothes
After the wash cycle is complete, it’s time to transfer the clothes from the washtub to the rinse tub. This has to be manually done to rinse the clothes of water. Make sure you transfer the clothes immediately, or else it starts to grow mold and mildew. This can cause a nasty smell and even skin diseases.
Step 8 – Start the spin cycle
The first thing you need to do is switch the setting from wash to spin. Like the wash cycle, you need to set the timer for the spin cycle depending on a load of your clothes. Also, you should select the speed at which the spin cycle should run. However, before starting the spin cycle, connect the water hose to the spin tub and keep the other end over the sink.
Step 9 – The unloading process
Never leave the clothes in the washing machine for more than two hours. It’s best if you unload the clothes immediately after the process is over. If you leave it in for too long, it can grow mold and mildew and even start to smell. If this happens, you might have to rewash it just to be safe.
Your takeaway –
Using a washing machine is pretty simple if you follow the steps correctly and in order. Using a semi-automatic washing machine requires some effort and time, but it consumes lesser power, is more eco-friendly, and is cheaper than a fully-automatic washing machine.
I hope this article gave you a clear-cut idea of how to use a semi-automatic washing machine. In case you have any doubts, please do let us know in the comment section below.