Cleaning Soap Scum Out of a Washing Machine?

February 8, 2011

Washing MachineWhat 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 Denise (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, 2004

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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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, 2013

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

By Kathy


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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