Can I Take My Clothes Out of The Washer Early?

CAN I TAKE MY CLOTHES OUT OF THE WASHER EARLY
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The short answer is Yes.

But let’s add some context. 

A washing machine locks when washing is in progress. In this context you’re unable to access your clothes.

In truth though, its not preventing you from access the clothes. The locking mechanism is a protection for the washing process to prevent accidental opening of the appliance while washing is in progress.

It can also be for child protection. Children are curious. A crawling baby or even a young child can play around the doors and accidentally open it.

This can: 

  • Disrupt the washing process.
  • Spilling water all over the place, becoming a trip hazard.
  • And potentially hurting anyone close-by, especially infants.

So the locking mechanism is meant to prevent unintentional opening. In a situation where you need to open the door, however you definitely can open it. 

All you need do is stop or pause the washing process. This stops the drum from spinning (rotating). And the lock auto-unlocks.

At this point you can remove your clothes no matter the washing stage it is.

REASONS FOR REMOVING CLOTHES FROM WASHER EARLY

CAN I TAKE MY CLOTHES OUT OF THE WASHER EARLY
You can remove your clothes from the washer early
  1. Faulty washer
  2. To remove items forgotten in clothe pockets
  3. Change to manual washing.

FAULTY WASHER

In my housing complex, there are several laundry rooms. In my laundry room there are 4 washing machines. One is notorious for leaking. When others are occupied the faulty one too was used.

Once there is a free space, though, it is paused halfway. And its content moved to other available machines.

This is a typical example of why faulty washers can make you take clothes off early.  

FORGOTTEN ITEMS IN CLOTHES

CAN I TAKE MY CLOTHES OUT OF THE WASHER EARLY

What do you do if, a minute into your washing, you remember you left a couple hundred bills in one of your clothes.

I guess you’ll shut down an entire city’s power grid to get your dough back. Maybe you’re not that broke, but you’ll definitely try to end the process before you destroy your dollar notes.

It’s not unusual to forget keys, pen, jewelry and other items in dirty clothes sent to the laundry. This is a legitimate reason to end the washing and get your clothes out.

But that’s not all. there’s one more awkward reason why a person can choose to end the washing prematurely.

CHANGE TO MANUAL WASHING

This might sound like a shocker, but do you know that some persons prefer hand wash to machine wash? 

Some persons use machine for major wash. But wash collar and wrist of shirts with their hands. 

This might prompt a person to wash with machine partly, and complete the rest with hands. or vice versa in most cases.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE REMOVING CLOTHS EARLY

It is important to consider several factors before deciding to remove clothes early. One such factor is understanding the washing circles, and determing when to remove the clothes.

WASHING MACHINE WASH CIRCLES

CAN I TAKE MY CLOTHES OUT OF THE WASHER EARLY

When you put your clothes in a washing machine, it goes through 4 main circles:

  1. Prewash
  2. Wash
  3. Rinse
  4. Spin

PREWASH

When clothing items are inserted in a washer, the machine prepares the items for washing. This preparation stage includes:

  • Filling the tub or drum with water. (A tube is the cylinder where clothes and other washable items are stored. This is where the actual washing takes place)
  • Mixing of the detergent and other washing agents with water.

This prewash stage takes about 2 minutes to complete.

Next is the washing phase.

WASH

This is when the actual washing take place. The tub spins and rotates, scrubbing the clothes against each other. Different chemicals helps to dissolve oil and greasy stains and dirt. The swirling process mixed with the soapy water separates the dirt from the fabrics. 

This process is replicated in parts of Africa by smashing cloth fabrics mixed with water and soap or detergent against a rock by the river side. This is an effective cleansing system. 

The next phase is rinsing.

RINSING

Here the soapy water is drained from the tub and clean fresh water replaces it. The same process occurs as in the washing process. The soap or detergents used in the washing process are rinsed from the fabrics. The clean water aids in removing the any extra dirt from the fabrics. 

At this point the clothes are ready for drying. You can remove the clothes from the washer at this point and manually dry them, and you’ll be just fine.

Of course the clothes will still be soaked, hence the next stage. But can you take your clothes from the washer at this stage? Yes you can.

Now the last stage

SPINNING

Just like the rinsing phase, water is drained from the tub. The tub spins at a faster speed than usual, removing any extra water from fabrics.

Some machines can spins as fast as 1600rpm (rotation per minute). 

At the ends of this phase, the door locker releases and is ready for drying.

WHEN IS TAKING CLOTHES FROM THE MACHINE TOO EARLY?

As explained above, the door lock auto-releases at the end of the spinning phase. Opening the door before the phase is complete can rightly be considered: “Too early.”

But will it hurt your clothes or fabrics? No. So long as you complete the process manually or with other machines.

removing clothes from the machine at the following stages is considered “too early”:

  • Removing clothes at the prewash stage means you’ll have wet but dirty clothes.
  • Removing it at the wash stage, means your clothes might nor be fully clean. That means you might have to wash them afresh. But at a later part of the wash stage, you might determine that  the fabrics is clean enough. This should be handed on a case by case basis.
  • Removing it at the rinse stage is just fine. You might have to do the rinsing manually, though.

ACIDENTALLY STOPPING THE WASHER BEFORE COMPLETION

ACIDENTALLY STOPPING THE WASHER BEFORE COMPLETION

What should you do if you accidentally ends the process prematurely?

  • If the program stops with a pause, you can re-insert your clothes and continue the program.
  • If it was stopped accidentally, you might have to reinsert the items and start the washing afresh. 
  • You can still start with ‘Rinse and Spin’ if you deem that the program was at a latter phase of washing before it was stopped. Remember that rinsing still removes some dirt from the fabrics. So, depending on the fabric type, this should be enough to get your laundry clean and ready for use.

Many factors can make a person unintentionally remove clothes from a washer before it is time for it. Others might do so intentionally for some genuine reasons.

Whichever is your case, rest assured that your clothes will be just fine.

How about the machine, will stopping the washing half circle hurt your machine? This question is answered in another article. You can read it here.

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