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What is the Normal Cycle on a Washer?

The normal cycle on your washer is a standard wash cycle meant for basic fabrics like cotton. While the exact settings for any wash cycle can vary by machine, a normal cycle typically uses hot water in combination with strong agitation and spin to deep-clean clothes.

Since it provides a more thorough cleaning than many gentler cycles, a normal wash cycle is often used to clean articles that are prone to odors and stains, such as towels, t-shirts, underwear and socks. This cycle is also a good choice for cleaning your whites, since stains are often more visible on white fabric than on colors. Be careful of putting colors in a normal wash cycle, since the high water temperature can cause colors to fade or bleed. Keep in mind the normal wash cycle also could be too rough on delicate garments and cause them to shrink.

Benefits of Using the Normal Wash Cycle

  • This cycle thoroughly cleans clothes.
  • The strong spin helps remove detergent residue.
  • Thoroughly cleans whites and durable fabrics.
  • Fights stains and odors on garments, towels and linens.