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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February 8, 2011 Flag

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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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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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.

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

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

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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.

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August 23, 2004 Flag

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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August 23, 20040 found this helpful

I always add half water to the fabric softener, that way not only will it prevent the buildup but it will also save you money

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August 25, 20040 found this helpful

You can try adding borax to your wash cycle.

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December 26, 20040 found this helpful

hi all i have a different problem

i think a screw or a coin may be trapped inbetween my drum and outer shell as when the washing machine is on spin it is an incredible scraping sound

when i spin the drum by hand it does the same i had my brother look inside the top and he says everything looks attached help what do i do my warranty is over i am from uk so if anyone can tell me how much this is gonna cost me please let me know or if anyone knows what else it could be its a boch wfb2004 make PLEASE HELP i have washing up to the roof and i am frightened to use it in case i totally ruin it??????? love and hugs lisa

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December 26, 20040 found this helpful

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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.

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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. :)

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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.

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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 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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October 6, 2011 Flag

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, 2013 Flag

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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