rinse and spin in a washing machine

What Is “Rinse and Spin” on a Washing Machine?

Modern washing machines have plenty of settings to choose from. Whilst this is super handy for getting the most out of our washing, at times it can be a little bit confusing as to which setting we should pick! 

Read on to find out what “rinse and spin” is and when we should be using it.


What Is “Rinse and Spin”?

The “rinse and spin” setting misses out the first stage of a regular washing cycle and just rinses laundry with water before spin drying it.

A normal wash cycle consists of three stages:

  1. Wash – This step uses detergent and water to clean the load.
  2. Rinse – This uses water to continue the wash and to remove any excess detergent.
  3. Spin – This is where the drum spins at a high speed to remove excess water, making the laundry easier to dry.

The majority of laundry settings include some sort of variation of the ‘wash’ stage. However, the “rinse and spin” setting misses it out completely. Therefore, no detergent is required. 

Some items, such as denim or towels, should be spun at a higher RPM than others. 

More delicate items should be spun at a lower speed to avoid damage. You can change these using the options on your washing machine (if you’re unsure then always consult the manual). 


“Rinse and Spin” vs “Drain and Spin”

Rinse and Spin vs Drain and Spin

It is common for people to get mixed up between “rinse and spin” and “drain and spin”. “Drain and spin” misses out the ‘rinse’ stage, where more water is added. 

It simply drains any excess water from the laundry and spins to dry the load out as much as possible. 

“Rinse and spin” does this too, but has an extra stage at the start, where water is added into the drum.


When to Use “Rinse and Spin”

rinse and spin in washing machine

Now we know what “rinse and spin” is, when do we use it? 

In most instances, you will need to give your laundry the full treatment, but sometimes all you need is a quick rinse (the cycle generally lasts about 45 minutes depending upon load size)! 

Some examples of when you might use a rinse and spin include:

  • If you’ve decided to hand wash your clothes and would like to spin them through the machine.
  • The clothes you put on fresh that morning got rained on.
  • You’ve sprayed some stain remover onto a stain and need to rinse it off.
  • Your previous wash had too much detergent in and you’d like to re-rinse it so your laundry isn’t soapy! 

It’s always good to know which laundry setting is most appropriate and there’s another one you can add to the list. Enjoy!