I am have a problem with loads of washing not rinsing properly. I never overfill the machine, always use half or less than half the amount of detergent on the box/bottle, clean my machine at least once every 2 months (with either ammonia or soda and vinegar). Yet, still, I frequently open the load to find that there are soapy streaks on items and I have to re-rinse with a good amount of vinegar to get rid of the soapy residue.
Hard to say as I know you have different types of washers in the UK. It sounds like you might be putting too many items into a load. Can you select an extra rinse cycle? On my washer I have this option.
You could try dissolving the detergent in a pitcher of hot water before adding it to the machine.
That's the only other thing i can think of if you've tried just about everything else.
Do you have enough water in the machine? You may be trying to save water and sometimes it just isn't enough to completely rinse the soap.
I wonder if you need a water softner hooked up to your main supply.
Why not try putting the water in first, then adding the detergent and agitating until the detergent is fully mixed in, and then add the clothing last. If you still have streaks, you probably need to work on that rinse cycle a bit. Best of luck!
Sounds like it is not draining fully on the wash cycle. A good repair man might save you a lot of stress.
My guess would be that the machine is not filling with enough water on the rinse cycle.
Thanks for so many helpful suggestions :-)
I THINK there is enough water going into the rinse cycles, but it could be that, I suppose.
I'd never considered whether the water was draining properly as I've had the same washer for the past 12 years and it's only been having problems over the past year. (It drains through the hose into my sink and I often watch it draining to make sure that its doing OK!) At the moment I have to let the cycle finish and then set it to go through the last rinse at least once, usually twice. (It's a front-loading automatic machine.)
I will try all your suggestions out!
Does anyone know whether the rinses are ALL meant to be COLD - for a standard No. 5 wash? I know the first wash has hot/warm water but I think all the other times it fills the water seems to be cold. Do you think that could be the problem? Any further opinions/suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks.
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