Always check pockets before washing! A tissue, a note…these things can ruin a great washing experience. Don’t forget to close all zips on jackets and trousers so that the sharp teeth do not damage any other items. Any underwear or tights should be put in a washing bag so that you don’t have to waste any time untangling them later on.
Don’t be tempted to fill your machine to the brim. If it seems really full, you should take 1/4 out immediately. ;-) Washing machines that are too full don’t give their best performance.