We at Los Angeles Washer & Dryer are often asked about soapy clothes or white residue appearing on clothes being very noticeable, especially on darks, after washing. After years of experience we would like to share our knowledge with you.
Customer find this very troublesome and there are three culprits to eliminate –
The first is too much detergent.
This by far is the most common explanationb for soapy clothes. If you are using a powdered laundry detergent, always put it in the washer first as the washer fills and then add the clothes. The same goes for liquid laundry detergent.
If you have a washer with an automatic detergent dispenser, it may be clogged with lumps of detergent (even liquid lumps) that are not dissolving. To remedy this problem, heat some distilled white vinegar and pour it into the dispenser then run a wash cycle with no laundry to clear it out.
If you own a High-Efficiency washing machine make sure you are using High Efficiency (HE soap). Not only will your clothes not get clean but on many models excessive soap can damage the water pump.
The second culprit could be fabric softener.
Again, make sure to never pour it directly on clothes. And, if you have a dispenser, clean it as you would the detergent dispenser.
The third culprit is overloading the washer with clothes.
Having too many articles of clothing in the wash inhibits the movement of water and the soap does not dissolve.
Los Angeles Washer & Dryer recommends following the manufactures directions carefully and using a 1 cup of white vinegar to clean out the machine of any residual build of soap. With no clothes in the machine, set the water temperature to hot and run the machine through the largest and longest wash cycle, in our experience the results are outstanding to eliminate soapy clothes. Tide, Whirlpool, along with some other manufactures have created washing machine cleaners which, in our experience, have inconsistent results.
Please feel to contact Los Angeles Washer & Dryer Service for any question you may have.