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Maytag tips on using your Top Load Washing Machine

Get the most out of your machine with quick tips for how to use your top load washer.


Maytag® top-load washer filled with blue clothes.


  • Load hard-to-move bulky items first for better interaction with the agitator or impeller.
  • Throw items in loose heaps evenly around the agitator or impeller so they have room to move.
  • When washing bulky single items like a rug or jacket, add a few extra items around the tub to balance the weight.
Filling a Maytag® washing machine dispenser with detergent.


  • Pour detergent in the dispenser or, if there isn’t one, directly into the tub. Always follow the instructions on the packaging when measuring.
  • If your washer is High-Efficiency (HE), only use HE detergent. Learn more about HE detergent with this quick guide.
  • If using detergent pods, color-safe bleach or fabric softener crystals, add them directly to the tub before loading clothes. Do not put in the dispenser or on top of clothes.
  • Use designated dispensers when adding liquid chlorine bleach and fabric softener. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
Maytag® top-load washer properly loaded with clothes.


At different stages of the wash cycle, you might hear noises that sound different from your previous washer.

  • Clicking at the beginning of the cycle means the washer is locking the lid in place and testing that it’s secure.
  • Humming and whirring sounds occur when the agitator is moving the load or the tub is slowing down.
  • Silence may indicate that the washer is soaking clothes or determining the right water level for your load

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