Browsing: Cleaning Soap Scum Out of a Washing Machine

Share a SolutionAsk a Question
To Top

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.

Washing Machine
Filter: All Articles Sort: Relevance

February 8, 2011 Flag
1 found this helpful

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

By David from Menomonee Falls, WI

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 14, 20070 found this helpful

Our front load washer started stinking and that smell started going into our towels I think it was the soap scum that caused the smell. My sister gave me some cleaner called "Purewasher" that she bought. It only took one tablespoon to remove the scum and fungus. And another tablespoon to get rid of the mildew smell from our towels.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 12, 20100 found this helpful

A tub full of hot water and CLR works great too and takes out hard water deposits.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 10, 20110 found this helpful

Use the powdered HE (stands for high efficiency) detergent for front loaders. Mine did the same thing until I switched. I use Tide.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 10, 20111 found this helpful

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers...

November 20, 2013 Flag
0 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

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 21, 20131 found this helpful

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

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

October 6, 2011 Flag
0 found this helpful

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

By David P.

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 7, 20111 found this helpful

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

August 23, 2004 Flag
0 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

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
July 17, 20050 found this helpful

Run it through it's cycle without any clothes and add a box of epsom salts. This will not ony remove scum from the inside of the machine but also the hoses.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Wow this is awesome all my problems answered right here. Thanks very much. I'll get some epsome salt today. I also will use half water in my fabric softner I can save more money. :)

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 12, 20060 found this helpful

I used the epsom salt and it did nothing. I had to clean it with dish soap and a sponge. I used the entire box.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
December 16, 20061 found this helpful

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 / This cleaner will clean inside your washer and remove mildew or musty smell from towels and clothes. All you'll need is one tablespoon.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers...
Home and Garden Cleaning AppliancesJanuary 28, 2013
More to Explore
ThriftyFun on Facebook
ThriftyFun on Pinterest
Enter a Contest
Free Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Related Guides
Hand washing shower wall
Removing Soap Scum from Shower Doors
cleaning a tub
Removing Soap Scum from a Plastic Tub
Shower Enclosure
Cleaning a Shower Enclosure
Homemade Softscrub Cleaner Recipe, Photo of cleaning bucket and supplies.
Remove Soap Scum from Fiberglass
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on July 21, 2016 at 10:17:49 AM on in 1 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!