Cleaning Soap Scum Out of a Washing Machine

Some detergents can leave a layer of soap scum inside your washing machine. This is a guide about cleaning soap scum out of a washing machine.

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Question: Help Cleaning Soap Scum out of Washing Machine

I have a fairly new washing machine. The white plastic agitator and fabric softener dispenser are getting caked with soap scum. HELP! How can I get this goop off?

Sue A

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

December 16, 2006

If you don't have good luck with vinegar, ammonia or bleach (be very careful not to mix them) there is a cleaner called purewasher that is only sold at smellywasher.com / This cleaner will clean inside your washer and remove mildew or musty smell from towels and clothes. All you'll need is one tablespoon.

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Question: Soap Scum In Washing Machine

By David 1 5

What should I do/use to remove soap film build-up in a top loading washing machine?

By David from Menomonee Falls, WI

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By Granny2889 7 2 Flag

February 10, 2011

The removal tips are great. I'd like to add as a prevention that you leave the top up/open after each load. I've been doing this for years and have never had a problem with soap scum.

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Question: Removing Soap Scum from Washer Door

What cleaner can I use to remove soap scum from around the seal and the window of my front load washer?

By Kathy

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By Ree127 2 Flag

November 21, 2013

Have you tried baking soda, and/or scrubbing with a used dryer sheet? That might work.

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Question: Cleaning a Washing Machine

By David P. 2

What is the best method to remove soap/softener build up from the tub of a washing machine?

By David P.

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By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,695 Flag

October 7, 2011

I've always cleaned mine by running it through the cycles empty (no soap, no clothes), set on hottest water and heavy duty setting. You can also add a cup or two of vinegar the first time to break any 'suds lock'.

It's a good idea to do this as a habit at least twice a year (more if you do a lot of laundry, and especially if you tend to use too much soap) to clean the excess or build-up out of the washer and hoses.

Make sure you pull the hoses and check the wire filters at each end of the hoses for build-up, too, before running the machine through the cycles-no point cleaning the tub. Make sure you reseat the filters and hoses properly to avoid leaks.

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