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Cleaning a Fabric Softener Dispenser

September 23, 2014

My washer has a fabric softener dispenser that does not come off. How do I clean it?

By jmy

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful
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Did you try pouring some white vinegar into it a few times? This may work. I swear by the stuff!
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February 15, 2010

How do I get rid of Downy buildup in the washing machine dispenser?

By Janet Keaster from Belt, MT

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February 15, 20101 found this helpful
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Vinegar. It will also clean out the soap residue in the washer and drain lines.

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October 2, 20131 found this helpful
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I have a 1993 Kenmore washing machine that started leaving spots on our clothes. I've never cleaned the fabric softener dispenser and when I took it off to inspect it, I found it was completely clogged with fabric softener. I tried rinsing with hot water, that didn't phase it, so I ran it through my dish washer (top shelf) twice and that got almost everything out. I used a tooth pick to get out the rest of what I could and now I'm going to run a load with white vinegar to get the rest out. From now on, it gets cleaned once a month.

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December 28, 2010

How to you clean a fabric softener dispenser in a 10 year old Whirlpool clothes washer?

By LINDA RICHARDS

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful
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I have a Maytag too. When the service man came one time, I asked him how to remove the dispenser. It's simple, unscrew the top part of the dispenser (it does come off) and then just pull the actual dispenser straight up. It's really surprising how much gunk is hiding inside and down inside the agitator. Clean the dispenser in hot water. You may have to scrape the oily fabric softener residue off of the dispenser, but it will come clean! I used a long knife to scrape the inside of the agitator. After the worst was off, I cleaned it with a bottle brush. Good luck and have fun!

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I have a 10 year old Maytag too. I take a bucket with lots of hot sudsy water, start pouring it quickly into the dispenser. Then take a wet washcloth and rub around the inside. Keep doing this a couple times THEN take a dry washrag which helps remove the final. You should clean this often, getting the gunk off. As you fill your washer with water before adding the clothes, this can be done, then it runs into the washer and just wash!

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January 29, 2014

I have a washer and dryer I just purchased from a good friend. They're both very clean and don't have a lot of use. But the washer has a removable fabric softener "bowl" that fits in the middle of the agitator.

To make a long story short the bowl/cup that's removable had about 1/8th of a inch of softener buildup, along with the bottom of the agitator tower. Nothing seems to cut this stuff. It's like wheel bearing grease.

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By Aaron

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February 8, 20140 found this helpful
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When I bought my new washer about 3 years ago I decided not to gunk it up with all those softener concoctions. I use white vinegar in both my wash cycle to replace bleach and I put it in the softener thingy in the middle of my agitator for the best softener ever.

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July 5, 2016

How do I clear off softener that is clogged up on Kenmore up right top load washer?


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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

Use warm vinegar and an old toothbrush.

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January 31, 2015

How do I remove the fabric softener dispenser to clean it? I'm afraid I may not get it back in correctly?

By Helen

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January 31, 20150 found this helpful

The fabric softener dispenser on what?

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October 2, 2018

This is a page about why a fabric softener dispenser won't drain. If the fabric softener dispenser is clogged, it can become filled with water. This can cause foul odors and other issues with the machine.

Hand pouring liquid fabric softener into washing machined soap dispenser.

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February 15, 2010

I just discovered that you are supposed to clean out that fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine.

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December 28, 2010

How do I disassemble the fabric softener cup on a 10 year old Kenmore washing machine? It needs cleaning out.

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August 31, 2010

I have a Kenmore washing machine, and the fabric dispenser is either clogged or broken. Does anyone know how to clean these. I can't get the fabric softener out of the dispenser.

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