Can Washing Machine Spin Without Water?

The first thing that will surely come in when this question is asked is, how possible is it going to be able to wash without water?

Since birth, I’ve not seen any means of washing clothes clean without water.

But the question seeks not to find washing without water but rather the washing machine spinning without water.

So come along, as we find the right answer to the question, can a washing machine spin without water?

So can a washing machine spin without water? Yes, the washing machine can spin without water, as spinning is one of the few things that can be tested on the washing machine without water.

But as to whether it’s possible to wash without water, we will get to know about that too as you come along with this article.

In purchasing a new washing machine, some features can be tested at the store, while others can’t be made there.

Those features that can’t be tested at the store are usually the ones that will need a water supply in its operation.

The spinning of the washing machine is one of the few features that can be tested without water.

And the spinning of the washing machine without water that we are discussing applies to both the top-loading and the front-loading washing machines.

The final spin cycle of the washing machine normally has almost every water in the clothes squeezed out, but the washing machine can spin, even at a very fast speed.

Can Washing Machine Wash Without Water?

Xeros Technology, a technology company, invented the washing machine around 2013.

The inventory came with the tag name waterless washing machine. It made quite a good name for itself in the technology space for such innovation.

And even with that termed as ‘waterless’ washing machine, uses a small amount of water in its operation.

So the question is can a washing machine wash without water? No, there is no such washing machine that can wash without water usage.

The washing machine that came closer to not using water was the Xeros washing machine which needs a cup of water to do a full laundry.

Can Washing Machine Wash Without Water
Can Washing Machine Wash Without Water

The Xeros washing machine was estimated to save approximately seven million tons of water per week in the UK if all households utilized it.

And with the Xeros washing machine uses some tiny plastic beads called polymer beads, which are said to remove stains and odor from clothes.

The story behind this ‘waterless’ washing machine is that that wasn’t exactly what the researchers behind it wanted to achieve.

They were trying to solve a different problem, but it turned out to be the ‘waterless’ washing machine.

How to Use Washing Machine without Tap Connection

Many reasons can make one try to use the washing machine without a tap connection.

It could be you’ve got issues with your tap connection. Sometimes, the water tank’s height makes the water flow so bad.

And if, with all these issues, you still want to wash, there’s a way you can go about it. And that’s exactly what I will be taking you through now.

How to manually run an automatic washing machine without a tap connection.

How to Use Washing Machine without Tap Connection
How to Use Washing Machine without Tap Connection

In doing so, try to disconnect any water connection to your washing machine if there are any.

STEP 1: Add water to the washing machine using a water pipe hose or bucket.

Always add more water than your device’s required water level. And this will make the machine function without stopping.

STEP 2: Fill the drum with your detergent when it’s half-filled with water. Detergent shouldn’t be added through the detergent drawer or pocket as it’s done with normal automatic washing.

This is because, with the normal operation of the automatic washing machines, the detergents are picked by the water when placed in the detergent drawer.

But this is the case water has manually been added to the drum.

STEP 3: Go ahead and add your clothes. Do well to keep your clothes separated to avoid the clothes forming knots.

Close the washing machine’s lid after putting the clothes in it.

STEP 4: Plug the washing machine and turn on the power supply.

STEP 5: Switch the power of the washing machine also on.

STEP 6: Set the Water Level to Low and Progress to Wash.

STEP 7: Select the clothing type you’re about washing, whether wool, cotton, express or heavy, and start it. Allow the clothes to finish washing.

STEP 8: We will be washing it twice, so the first wash is done; with the second wash, we go through the same process again by setting it to our previous settings. That’s

  • Water level – Low,
  • Progress – Wash and the clothing type.

Additional settings you will make are;

  • Rinse Time – Zero,
  • Spin Time – Zero.

Setting both the Rinse Time and Spin Time to Zero is that we added the water manually, which will give an error when it’s time for a rinse. And this will cause the washing to stop.

STEP 9: Go ahead and press Start again. Allow it to finish just like the first wash.

STEP 10: Now that the second wash is completed, it’s time to rinse. And with the rinsing, select the Spin function. The spin function will drain off all the detergent from your clothes.

We are not setting rinse time since we are adding water manually. Hence, we can add as much water as we want.

Set Spin Time – 4 minutes, and Start. (You will notice the water draining once you start it). It will spin for the set time after draining the water from the machine.

STEP 11: Manually add another water after the spin, and select the Wash function. All detergent water will be drained out on this spin. Make the following settings and start;

  • Water Level – Low,
  • Rinse – 1 Rinse,
  • Spin Time – 5 minutes,
  • Progress – Spin & Rinse

When you notice the clothes have properly been rinsed, you pause it and select the Spin function.

Your clothes will be neatly washed after this last spin. You can now go ahead and remove your clothes from the washing machine.


The washing machine can spin without water if you need just spinning. But if it’s full washing you want to do, then you will need water.

However, if you happen to have a problem with your water supply or tap connection, there’s a way you can wash with your washing machine by manually supplying it with water, either with a bucket or pipe hose.

Note that the ‘waterless’ washing machine even needs a small amount of water to be able to wash using the polymer beads.

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