Rinse and Spin on Washing Machine (When & How to Use It)

One of the quicker cycles on your washing machine will be the ‘Rinse & Spin’.

Here is everything you need to know about “Rinse and Spin”. Plus, when it’s appropriate to use and when you’d be better picking another option.

What is Rinse and Spin on a Washing Machine?

The rinse and spin cycle on a washing machine essentially skips the pre-wash and just rinses the clothes with water before spin drying them.

This means there will be no detergent used, so the clothes are not washed – only rinsed with fresh water before being spun.

When to Use Rinse and Spin?

If you have already washed your clothes by hand, you accidentally overdosed the load with detergent on the last cycle, or you need to wash stain remover off, you might want to just use the Rinse & Spin option.

However, if the clothes need freshening up with detergent – you’d be best to pick a different cycle. 

One thing to consider if using this cycle is the water temperature. Whether you use hot or cold water will make very little difference here, so it’s worth picking a lower temperature to save yourself money on your energy bills – it’s the eco-friendly option too!

Tip: If considering using this option on delicates, make sure to manually change the spin speed to the lowest/slowest possible option.

‘Rinse and Spin’ vs ‘Drain and Spin’

Put simply, Rinse & Spin includes a Drain stage, whereas Drain & Spin does not include the Rinse stage. If you want the load Rinsed with water, pick the first one, if you just need to get rid of excess water in the clothes and/or drum – then you can pick Drain & Spin instead. 

When to Use Drain and Spin

If you just need to get rid of excess water in the machine – for example, you’ve had your clean clothes outside mid-downpour, or the machine stopped mid-cycle with an error code and left the clothes wet, then it’ll save on your energy and water bills to avoid the Rinse stage.

If you use a drier, adding an extra Drain & Spin cycle onto the end of your wash can also help to remove excess water from the load and save you on drying time. 

Note: Depending on your machine model, this might just be called ‘Spin’

Other Washing Cycle Options

Your machine is likely to have lots of options – which will all be slightly different to suit the particular items being washed, with variance in wash duration, wash temperature, and spin speed amongst other things.

Try to pick the best-fit option for the optimum results, but most items will generally be okay with any cycle.

The exception to this is delicates, like items that are hand-wash only, wool, or delicate, and for these items, you should always pick a delicate cycle or one with low temperature and low spin speed.  


Is rinse and spin enough to wash clothes?

No, the Rinse & Spin option doesn’t include a Wash stage, and no detergent is used. 

How do you use rinse and spin?

To use rines and spin on your washer, just select it then start. You should take care with delicate items such as hand-wash, silk, or wool, as it’s likely you will need to manually lower the spin speed to avoid damaging your clothes.  

What is the spin setting on a washing machine?

The Spin setting, sometimes called Drain & Spin, essentially just removes excess water from the machine and clothes. There is no wash or rinse stage, so it’s purely there to remove water.

Does rinse and spin shrink clothes?

If you Rinse & Spin or Drain & Spin regularly, it might shrink your clothes. However, this is usually only the case for delicate items such as wool – hardier fabrics such as polyester or cotton should be relatively unaffected.

Does rinse and spin dry clothes?

No, rinse and spin doesn’t dry your clothes any more than a normal wash cycle. If you want to run an extra cycle to remove excess water, you’d be better off using a ‘Spin’ or ‘Drain & Spin’ cycle instead.

To Wrap Up

The Rinse and spin cycle is a perfect quick option for clothes that just need a quick freshen-up without detergent.

However, if using it for delicates, make sure to reduce the spin speed manually to keep your clothes looking as good as new. 

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