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Removing Soap Build Up in Laundry

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Depending on what kind and how much detergent you use in your washer, you can end up with soap residue on your laundry. This is a page about removing soap build up from laundry.


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February 27, 2008

I have a front load washer that saves energy with the water and electricity. I have found that my clothes are in need of softening up. There seemed to be a soap build up in them. I have a "rinse only" button on my machine.

I rinse the clothes first with white vinegar to remove any soap build up. Then I wash with 1/2 the soap and fabric softener, plus put the load on a light wash cycle. I have found my clothes are softer and the cost to do a load is less.

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January 21, 2011

Product: Eco-Clean Laundry Ball

Manufacturer: H2O At Home

Cost: $30.00

This laundry ball is used in the washer and reduces consumption of laundry soap by 75%. It enhances the cleaning of clothes. It is solar powered so you put it in the sun once a month. It can give you about 1000 loads of clean laundry and it is completely natural.

By Debra Jean from Rio Rancho, NM

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From time-to-time it is a good idea to check and see how much soap is left in your clothes. You might be surprised!

Fill your washer with clothes and fill with the normal water temperature for the batch of clothes, then let them agitate for several minutes before adding soap. If there are lots of suds, cut back on the amount of soap.


Tip: Towels seem to hold soap and fabric softener the most.

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March 12, 2015

How do I remove old soap which makes face flannels feel very stiff even after soaking in soda crystals and washing in the washing machine?

By Astra


March 13, 20150 found this helpful

Try some white vinegar in your rinse water. My washer has a receptacle at the top of the agitator for the rinse agent. That's where I put mine but you could just dump it it the final rinse.

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February 7, 20160 found this helpful

Use white vinegar in a rinse cycle. You don't need much and it will help remove any soap scum build up that's in your machine. If you run your machine maybe once a month, on just a rinse cycle, adding a half cup of white vinegar it will keep your machine clean and help prevent costly problems with your the pump as it won't get blocked with soap scum that causes small fabric fibers to stick and eventually plug the pump.


Hope this helps.

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