Washing Machine Not Rinsing Soap Out of Clothes?

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.


Does anyone have any suggestions? Is my machine just too old? I've tried various detergents, including a brand new gel that is supposed to wash at 15 degrees so it should dissolve more readily, but they all have the same problem.

Laureland from UK

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February 16, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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February 16, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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By Linda K (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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By rae (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

I wonder if you need a water softner hooked up to your main supply.

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

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!

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By Sally (Guest Post)
February 20, 20090 found this helpful

Sounds like it is not draining fully on the wash cycle. A good repair man might save you a lot of stress.

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February 22, 20090 found this helpful

My guess would be that the machine is not filling with enough water on the rinse cycle.

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December 17, 20180 found this helpful

i live in a senior high rise, we keep telling the caretaker there is not enough water in the rinse cycle,should be same amount as washing cycle,right??

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By Laureland (Guest Post)
February 24, 20090 found this helpful

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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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

If it is a Top Loader... Either the Lid Switch is broken not allowing the machine to think the lid is closed .. therefore it will stop the washing process from advancing into the rinse cycle. Depending on the brand the machine will likely still be full of wash cycle water.


The other possibility is the water pump is bad or clogged. which would cause the same symptom. If Top loader I have not had that experience yet.

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