How to Use Powder in a Top Loader Washing Machine

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How to Use Powder in a Top Loader Washing Machine
Top-loading washing machines are capable of using both liquid and powder detergent. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Washing machines are available as either old-style top-loaders, or new-style front-loaders. Both types of washers require washing powder, which cleans and deodorises your clothes. New-style front-loading washing machines have a detergent drawer that requires high-efficiency liquid detergent, which bears an "HE" logo on the bottle. Old-style top-loaders use either liquid or powder detergent. When washing a load of laundry in your old-style top-loading washing machine, it is important that the detergent is placed into the tub correctly to ensure a proper wash of your clothes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the washer lid and remove any items from the washer.

  2. 2

    Use the measuring scoop included with the powder washing powder to measure the recommended amount of detergent for the load that you are washing.

  3. 3

    Pour the detergent into the bottom of the washer. Load the clothes on top of the detergent.

  4. 4

    Start the wash cycle in the manner recommended by the manufacturer of your washing machine.

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