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Cleaning Soap Scum Out of a Washing Machine

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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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February 8, 2011

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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January 31, 20051 found this helpful
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Hi i use vinigar and baking soda works wonders

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 23, 20070 found this helpful
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CLR works great also with the soap scum, mineral build up and smelly washer smell.

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February 10, 20110 found this helpful
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Use the powdered HE (stands for high efficiency) detergent for front loaders. Mine did the same thing until I switched. I use Tide.

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August 23, 20040 found this helpful

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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August 24, 20040 found this helpful
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Fill them both with vinegar and let it sit for a while. Then run an empty load (or throw in some rags or old towels.) It should dissolve the soap scum.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 6, 2011

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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October 7, 20111 found this helpful
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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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November 20, 20130 found this helpful

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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November 21, 20131 found this helpful

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

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