Instructions for a GE Washing Machine

GE washing machines come in a variety of models, allowing you to choose a washer that matches your needs and home decor. There are top loaders, front loaders and energy-efficient models. Heavy duty models are ideal for large families or businesses, but even the smaller models come equipped with options for heavier loads or an extra rinse at the end. Learn how to use a GE washing machine to get the best possible results when washing your clothes.

Getting Started

Before you load dirty clothes into a GE washing machine, separate them by colors. Light-colored or white clothing easily pick up darker colors and will become dingy with time if you wash everything together. Towels or clothes that shed large amounts of lint should be washed separately. Pre-treat stains or shirt collars and wrists with a little detergent or a stain remover. Once you have your light- or dark-colored pile, place the clothes in the machine.

Set the machine to warm or hot water for whites and light colors, and cold for dark colors. Some GE washing machines allow you to choose the clothes color, which automatically programs the ideal water temperature. If your GE washer does not automatically detect the weight of your clothes, set the load size to small, medium or large. Be careful not to overload the washing machine, as your clothes will not have enough space to move around freely in the water and detergent. If you find yourself pressing the load down to get more clothes in that is a sign that you are overloading your washing machine. Dividing that load into two will get you better results.

Using Your GE Washing Machine

Before you can press the start button, fill the detergent tray with your favorite brand. If you are using a front loader, look for the high efficiency varieties that are especially designed for these washing machines. Only use the amount of detergent necessary for the size load you are washing. The detergent bottle comes with a measuring cap so that you don't use too much. More detergent is not better when washing your clothes, since it becomes harder to rinse out and may leave a residue. Add fabric softener before starting if you are using a GE washing machine that comes with a compartmentalized tray.

You can now choose whether you want an extra rinse or longer soaking time. Choose a delicate wash cycle for light clothing and knits, and a heavier one for jeans, sheets and towels. When using a front loader GE washing machine, firmly shut the door and start the cycle. If you are using a top-loading washer, make sure the load is evenly balanced. An unbalanced load will make the washer spin unevenly, making a lot of noise and perhaps damaging your washer. When the washing cycle is done and you have removed the clothes, wipe down the door and buttons with a damp cloth to remove any lint or detergent.