Eliminate Detergent Residue on Clothes from a Top-Load Washer

By Terry Mehilos | Feb. 21, 2018 2:03 pm PST


What’s the point of washing your clothes if they come out less clean than when they went into your washer? If you’re frustrated with detergent residue on your clothes, there are a few things you might be doing incorrectly that should solve the problem.

How to Avoid Detergent Residue on Clothes From a Top-Load Washer

  1. Make sure you’re using the detergent dispenser. If there’s no dispenser, add detergent to the bottom of the washtub before adding the laundry load.

  2. Always use fresh detergent. We recommend using liquid detergent, especially for cold-water or slow-speed cycles. Powders and tablets don’t always fully dissolve.

  3. Don’t overload the washer. Tightly packing the load can trap detergent. Large loads should fill only about three-quarters of the machine.

Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific appliance.

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