Things You'll Need
Add fabric softeners during the rinse cycle, and do not pour them directly on clothes.
General Electric (GE) makes a series of stackable washer-dryers called Spacesaver Laundry. These washer dryer units are stacked one on top of another to conserve precious space in a small house or apartment. The compact design makes it easy to confine your laundry chores to one small area. The front control panels provide simple programming instructions to get your laundry washed and dried efficiently.
Open the washer lid, and add detergent first for best results. Follow the directions on the detergent packaging for amount to use. Add the clothes that need washing. Do not overfill the washer with clothes, as this could cause an imbalance in the machine which will stop the wash cycle. Close the lid.
Select the water level for "Small," "Medium" or "Large" loads. Make sure the load has plenty of room to spin around the washer agitator for best cleaning results. Adjust the amount of detergent you are using if you decide to change the size of the load while loading clothes.
Select the "Wash/Rinse" temperature by turning the "Temp" knob to the correct setting. Choose "Cold/Cold" for delicate fabrics, "Warm/Cold" for averagely soiled fabrics and "Hot/Hot" for white or colorfast, very soiled fabrics.
Press in the "Cycle Selector" knob, and turn it clockwise to choose the correct cycle. Choose the "Regular" cycle for cotton and linen clothes. Choose "Permanent Press" for synthetics or delicates. Select "Delicates" for lingerie and other fragile fabrics such as baby clothes.
Pull the "Cycle Selector" knob out to start the wash cycle. You can change the wash cycle and other settings on the GE washer at any time by pressing in on the "Cycle Selector" knob to stop the washer. Reset the GE washer knobs to the desired setting, and pull the "Cycle Selector" knob out to start the wash cycle again.
Open the dryer door, and pull the lint screen straight out. Remove any lint and replace the screen, ensuring that it goes back into the dryer the same way it came out and snaps into place. Do not rinse or wash the lint screen at any time.
Add a dryer sheet into the dryer, if you wish. Load the dryer with wet clothes, and close the door firmly. Ensure that the wet clothes have enough room to tumble freely in the dryer so that they dry evenly and completely.
Turn the dryer "Cycle Selector" knob in either direction to the desired drying cycle. Choose "Auto/Regular" for heavier items. Select "Auto/Permanent Press" for permanent press, knit and synthetic items. Choose "Timed Drying" when the automatic drying cycles are too long for the clothes being dried. Select "Air Fluff" to fluff or air-dry items without using heat.
Press the "Start" button to start the drying cycle. Listen for any objects such as change or screws tumbling in the dryer that can break the appliance. Open the door to stop the dryer if there are any loose foreign objects in the dryer.
Remove the foreign objects, and close the door. Press the "Start" button to start the drying cycle. Remove the clothes as soon as they are dry. Discard any used dryer sheets and lint from the lint screen. Close the dryer door.
Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.