How to remove excessive suds in your washing machine

Fred's Appliance Academy
July 8, 2022
Washer Training

If you ever open up your washing machine to find this, I hate to break it to you, but you got a problem. That's too much soap. So let me explain why and how to get rid of it.

The fact of the matter is if your washing machine looks like this, you're simply using way too much soap. Modern-day laundry detergents and soaps are not meant to suds. The actual recommended amount of soap that you should be using believe it or not is one to two tablespoons. Now that may seem crazy, but the proof is in the pudding. Next time you do wash, use one to two tablespoons of detergent. And if your clothes come out clean, well, there you have it. So how do you get rid of the suds in your washer if you've used too much soap? Well, the answer to that is something you probably already have on hand. Good old-fashioned fabric softener. Go ahead and add a cap full of fabric softener to the wash, and you'll see that it greatly reduces the amount of suds. This can also be done if you run your washing machine with nothing in it at all and it also develops suds.

Go ahead and let the unit run for a few more minutes and then run a drain and spin cycle. Here, going into our drain and spin cycle, we can see that the amount of suds has been greatly reduced. When it's all said and done, the suds are gone and we can go ahead and start again with the fresh wash. Now here's a pro tip for you. If you're getting white stains on your black clothing, that's soap residue, meaning you're using too much. One to two tablespoons is all you need per wash.

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