The main programs of most washing machines are basic washes such as 30, 60 and 90 degree washes. These common programs use a combination of variables best suited for different garment attributes and are generally named under labels such as cotton, colors, bulky, delicate, extra rinse, sanitize and quick wash.
The wash programs are centered on temperature, amount of water, time and the number and speed of spins, which are all dependent on the types of fabrics to be washed. For instance, fabrics such as wool will require a program with lower temperatures and slower spins as compared to a sturdy fabric such as denim.
Particular machine models enable manual control of certain program details such as temperature and water levels.