What Temperature Is A Quick Wash Cycle?

All new washing machines have a quick wash cycle or something similar. In fact, many of the top brands have multiple quick wash options. As the name suggests the quick wash is a short cycle typically running for 15 to 60 minutes depending on the make and model of your appliance.

We often get asked about the quick wash because many people wonder what temperature is a quick wash? As well as how effective is the quick wash at cleaning laundry?

In this article we look at the quick wash cycle and find out how effective it is and what temperature it operates at as well as much more.

What Is The Quick Wash Cycle On A Washing Machine?

The quick wash cycle or setting on a washing machine is a short wash cycle. Typically running for anywhere between 15 to 60 minutes depending on the washing machine you own.

It uses less energy and less water than a regular wash cycle and has a shorter spin time as well. 

What Temperature Does The Quick Wash Run At?

The temperature of the quick wash cycle is usually set at 30°C but in many cases that temperature can be altered to as low as 20°C or as high as 40°C.

The quick wash cannot usually be operated at temperatures above 40°C because of the extra time needed to heat the water. It is also not designed for washing full wash loads.

What Can Be Washed On A Quick Wash?

In general terms, anything that can be washed in a regular wash cycle, can be washed in the quick wash. If you’re not sure whether the items you intend to wash are suitable for the quick wash, consult the wash care label.

However, the quick wash isn’t usually suitable for delicate or hand wash only items.

What Are The Benefits Of The Quick Wash Cycle?

Quick Wash Cycle

The main benefits of using the quick wash cycle include;

  • It’s Perfect For Washing 1 Or 2 Items
    The quick wash cycle is designed for washing small amounts of laundry. This makes it the ideal choice for washing a few items.
  • Saves Time
    In many cases, the quick wash is twice if not 3 or 4 times faster than a regular wash cycle. This is great if you need a particular item in a hurry. Many quick wash cycles only run for 15 minutes, but you will need to allow time for the item(s) to dry.
  • It’s Perfect For Refreshing Clothes
    The quick wash is the perfect cycle to refresh your clothes. Most of us store our summer clothes away during the colder months. Once spring arrives, they typically don’t need to be washed, but a quick freshen up is often required. The quick wash is ideal for this.
  • Gentler On Your Clothes
    The quick wash is typically far shorter than any of the regular wash cycles on your washer. This means your clothes generally last longer as they are not being subjected to the rigours of a wash cycle for too long.
  • Saves Energy
    The quick wash cycle uses less energy that a regular wash cycle. Used fairly regularly, it can contribute to lower energy usage.
  • Saves Money
    The shorter time span and lower temperature wash cycles all help in saving both energy and money.
  • Helps To Lengthen The Lifespan Of Your Washer
    The quick wash cycle is a shorter wash cycle than other wash cycles which means the washer is not working for as long. This means the components on your appliance should last for longer.

What Are The Disadvantages Of The Quick Wash Cycle?

There are several benefits to using the quick wash cycle. However, it’s not all good news. Here are the main disadvantages of the quick wash cycle.

  • It’s Not Suitable For A Full Wash Load
    The quick wash cycle uses a reduced amount of water and runs for a reduced amount of time. This means it can’t really deal with a full wash load. It is best used for washing a few items (typically 1 to 2 kg).
  • It’s Not Good Enough For Stubborn Stains
    The quick wash cycle isn’t a long enough cycle to deal with stubborn stains. It’s not thorough enough to remove ingrained dirt and stains.
  • Doesn’t Sanitise Laundry
    As the quick wash typically cannot be set at any higher than 40°C it is not hot enough to kill germs, bacteria or bed bugs. It should also not be used to wash clothes from sick people or baby clothes.
  • It Often Leaves Detergent Residue
    Due to the shorter wash and rinse when using the quick wash cycle, there is often detergent left in the clothes after the cycle has finished. It’s a good idea to use less detergent when using the quick wash cycle.
  • The Spin Is Not As Effective
    As the name suggests, the quick wash cycle doesn’t have a long wash time. It also doesn’t have a long rinse cycle either. This means clothes typically come out of a quick wash wetter than from a regular wash cycle. You may need to run a separate spin to help speed up the drying process.

How To Get The Best From Your Washers Quick Wash Cycle

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There are many benefits to using the quick wash cycle, as we have seen it is fast and can save energy and money. To be sure of getting the best from the quick wash cycle on your washer you should;

Alter The Temperature As Required

Using the correct water temperature for your clothes is the best way to ensure they are cleaned correctly as well as keeping them damage free. The quick wash can only use temperatures no greater than 40°C, but you might not need them to be that high.

You should always consult the wash care label on your garments to ensure you’re washing them at the correct temperature.

Generally speaking, many vibrant or dark coloured items as well as many delicate fabrics should be washed at lower temperatures. Many should be washed at 20°C or 30°C for best results.

If your garments just need refreshing, a quick, cold wash is all they need. However, clothes with light staining or synthetic fabrics might need to be washed at 40°C.

Keep Loads Small

As a general rule, you should not fill the drum to more than 50% of its capacity when using the quick wash cycle. As the quick wash cycle uses less water and runs for less time than a regular wash cycle, a full wash load would not get clean.

This could lead to many of the items needing to be washed again to get them clean. Not to mention the shorter spin time which would mean many items would remain soaking wet if the drum was full.

This is also likely to be a problem if you were to wash thicker, heavier items. Although these can be put through an extra spin cycle after the quick wash has finished.

Reduce Detergent Usage

It’s tempting to use extra detergent in an attempt to get those dirty clothes extra clean. Especially if those garments are heavily soiled. However, this would be counterproductive as the quick wash isn’t long enough to remove all of the detergent.

In fact we would recommend reducing the amount of detergent you use when running a quick wash. Remember, you should only be washing a few items, there’s no need for extra detergent.

The best practice when using the quick wash cycle is to use a laundry detergent designed to work at cooler temperatures to ensure all of the detergent dissolves in the wash and is removed during the rinse cycle.

Keep Your Washer Clean

Practising a regular maintenance schedule on your washing machine is imperative if you tend to use the quick wash cycle regularly. You will need to ensure the filter is kept clean and run a regular hot service wash to remove any mould or mildew spores as well as any limescale and detergent buildup.

It is recommended that a hot 90°C service wash is run at least once a month. This will ensure that your washing machine runs properly.

SEE ALSO: Quick Wash Vs Normal Washing Machine Cycle – What’s The Difference?

Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature is a quick wash on a washing machine?

Quick wash cycles typically use lower water temperatures and are often set at 30°C. The temperature of the quick wash can usually be set as low as 20°C or as hot as 40°C. However, 40°C is the highest temperature that the quick wash cycle can operate at. This is because it takes time for the water to be raised to 40°C.

Is a 30 minute quick wash enough?

A 30 minute quick wash is enough for lightly soiled items and clothes that just need refreshing. It is not enough for heavily soiled items like towels, bedding or underwear.

Does a quick wash use more electricity?

No, a quick wash uses less electricity. A quick wash typically uses around 60% less energy than a regular cotton wash cycle.

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