Tip & How-To about Washing Machines

Soap power

All New washing machine 's in England are now cold fill only and this makes some wash powers difficult to dissolve in cold water and so your soap drawer becomes clogged up
But i have found if you put the soap into the drum before you start your wash this works really well and no more clogged drawer . Of course if you use tablets this works very well in the drum too and if you live in a soft water area like I do you only need to use one tablet for each wash . Tablets are also very good measurement of how much soap power to use.

Posted by on

Washing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I always wash in cold water and when a load has finished there is now a very unpleasant smell. I assume there is a build up somewhere. Should I do a hot water wash with washing liquid without clothes? Thanks, Liz


Usually this happens when you do wash on cold water only.The soap will remove dirt but with it comes along oils and other stuff will be dissolved but is all concentrated down at the washers bottom.And since the water is cold the oils and scum will solidify as soft scum and of course they do decay in due time and then the smells come.Yes you are right you can just fill a small load of hot water only with a bit washing detergent and let it go through a cycle(without the laundry).Or try going to a store where this product is sold for cleaning washing machines-Tide,clorox and Magic washing machine cleaners.

Feb 02, 2011 | Washing Machines

1 Answer

I bought the Samsung 8 kg Top Loader (Model: WA80V3WIP) a few weeks ago. I only use cold water and bought the yellow packet of Sunlight washing powder, which specifically says on the packet that it works well with cold water. I put my brand new duvet cover in the machine to wash and when the cycle stopped, I had a big white mark on it (not from too much soap). I rinsed it 3 times in the machine but the mark is still there. It looks as it I spilt Jik on it, but I didn't use anything other than the washing powder. The duvet is ruined now, but how can I avoid this happening again? Is it possible that since I am using cold water, the washing powder is not being dissolved properly? It appears that once the water starts running through the detergent draw to pick up the washing powder and pour it into the machine, the spot where the mixture landed on my duvet cover - that is where the white mark is. I didn't use too much washing powder either. The Sunlight powder says 1 cup = 250 ml, my scoop = 110 ml. I believe that with the Samsung top loaders one must ONLY use Omo Auto or Skip Intelligent - is this true? I was also advised to mix my washing powder with one litre of hot water to dissolve the soap and then put this in the machine. Can I pour the mixture directly onto the clothes? Or should it go through the drawer. I am very new to automatic washing machines since I have used twintubs my entire life, and the experience so far has been very scary! Also, someone advised me that if the detergent says one cup, I should half it - don't know if there is any truth to that.


As with any top-loader, the soap drawer will deposit the entire soap load on one spot within the first few seconds of water fill. When the water starts running through the soap drawer, the brakes on the drum are released, so you can manually rotate the drum to disperse the soap over the load surface, thus eliminating the concentrated spots. Also, you may save the duvet, as the white marks are most probably dried soap powder which can be removed with a damp cloth wiped over the area.

Oct 19, 2010 | Samsung SW62ASP Top Load Washer

1 Answer

Green whites?


This often is called "lint" but is really a "whiting" left by un-dissolved soap and can be seen at it's worst on dark colored clothes. This is made worse in a colder climate where the cold water entering the washer is much colder than normal. Things that can effect the quality of the finished washed products.
Too much soap: ( we have a test for this further down the page ) If you follow the manufactures instructions on the box, then chances are you ARE using too much soap. They like to sell you their product, I find cutting usage in 1/2 of what the box says will still wash good and also cut your chances of getting "whiting" on your clothes.
Over loading the washer: Even if the agitator is suppose to go back and forth, the clothes are not. If you can hold the lid button on your washer so you can watch the clothes wash, they should 'roll" in the basket and not go back and forth like the agitator. The clothes will go down the side of the agitator, across the bottom of the basket, up the side of the basket and across the top of the water in a rolling motion. Overloading is not just too many clothes but also too little water for the size of the load is another way of having a overloaded wash load.
Water temp is important: Use a thermometer to test the temp of the incoming water in your washer. Hot water should be close to 140 degrees F. Warm water fill should be 100 degrees F. Cold water is approx 60-80 degrees F. What happens in a cold climate location is the cold water temp drops as the outside temps drops, once the water temp gets below 60 degrees F, it can no longer dissolve the soap properly and will most definitely leave "whiting" on the clothes!! Do not use a cold wash, wash your clothes in as warm as poss.  water as they can take. If you have delicates you want to wash in cold, start washer out with warm water as you are putting in the soap and fabric softener and clothes, then switch to cold to let it finish filling up, this will give you a warmer wash but not as cold as straight cold water. I find most washes can be done in a warm wash / cold rinse just fine. If you need ( and probably will ) to adjust your warm water fill, turn on the hot water tap fully, turn off the cold water tap. Let the water start to fill on a warm wash setting. Then slowly turn on the cold tap adding the cold water to the hot water making a warm fill....use a thermometer to set water temp and leave the taps stay when you get about 100 degree F water fill. I adjust my own washer usually twice a year, one on summer time and once in the dead of winter.
Test for too much soap or soap retention: Put in a load of towels or dark clothing that has been bad for the "whiting" problem. These items are bad for holding soap and getting what is called -soap retention-
Wash the load in the warmest poss. water, DO NOT add any soap. Let the washer fill with water and wash for approx. 5 minutes, lift the lid and observe what is on the top of the water. If you see soap and bubbles on top of the water, your clothes have soap retention, this soap came out of your clothes. Let the load finish with out adding any soap and wash all clothes effected with this "whiting" residue. Once all the soap is washed out of the fabric and you start to add some to each load, use about 1/2 of what the box says. Liquid soap has less problems with "whiting" than the powder does, but I find powder soap is better at getting my own personal clothes cleaner.

Mar 13, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

1 Answer

suds residue left on clothes just washed


ck drain hose end of drain hose should be at least 36 ins from floor also be sure drain hose fits loosely in drain water may be siphoning out resulting low water level to wash/rinse ..also recommend using liquid detergent dry doesn't dissolve good in cold water and even though it may be recommended for front load the lower water levels used may not be enough to dissolve it properly

Nov 27, 2008 | Washing Machines

1 Answer

small brown spots on whites


This often is called "lint" but is really a "whiting" left by un-dissolved soap and can be seen at it's worst on dark colored clothes. This is made worse in a colder climate where the cold water entering the washer is much colder than normal. Things that can effect the quality of the finished washed products.
Too much soap: ( we have a test for this further down the page ) If you follow the manufactures instructions on the box, then chances are you ARE using too much soap. They like to sell you their product, I find cutting usage in 1/2 of what the box says will still wash good and also cut your chances of getting "whiting" on your clothes.
Over loading the washer: Even if the agitator is suppose to go back and forth, the clothes are not. If you can hold the lid button on your washer so you can watch the clothes wash, they should 'roll" in the basket and not go back and forth like the agitator. The clothes will go down the side of the agitator, across the bottom of the basket, up the side of the basket and across the top of the water in a rolling motion. Overloading is not just too many clothes but also too little water for the size of the load is another way of having a overloaded wash load.
Water temp is important: Use a thermometer to test the temp of the incoming water in your washer. Hot water should be close to 140 degrees F. Warm water fill should be 100 degrees F. Cold water is approx 60-80 degrees F. What happens in a cold climate location is the cold water temp drops as the outside temps drops, once the water temp gets below 60 degrees F, it can no longer dissolve the soap properly and will most definitely leave "whiting" on the clothes!! Do not use a cold wash, wash your clothes in as warm as poss.  water as they can take. If you have delicates you want to wash in cold, start washer out with warm water as you are putting in the soap and fabric softener and clothes, then switch to cold to let it finish filling up, this will give you a warmer wash but not as cold as straight cold water. I find most washes can be done in a warm wash / cold rinse just fine. If you need ( and probably will ) to adjust your warm water fill, turn on the hot water tap fully, turn off the cold water tap. Let the water start to fill on a warm wash setting. Then slowly turn on the cold tap adding the cold water to the hot water making a warm fill....use a thermometer to set water temp and leave the taps stay when you get about 100 degree F water fill. I adjust my own washer usually twice a year, one on summer time and once in the dead of winter.
Test for too much soap or soap retention: Put in a load of towels or dark clothing that has been bad for the "whiting" problem. These items are bad for holding soap and getting what is called -soap retention-
Wash the load in the warmest poss. water, DO NOT add any soap. Let the washer fill with water and wash for approx. 5 minutes, lift the lid and observe what is on the top of the water. If you see soap and bubbles on top of the water, your clothes have soap retention, this soap came out of your clothes. Let the load finish with out adding any soap and wash all clothes effected with this "whiting" residue. Once all the soap is washed out of the fabric and you start to add some to each load, use about 1/2 of what the box says. Liquid soap has less problems with "whiting" than the powder does, but I find powder soap is better at getting my own personal clothes cleaner.

Nov 15, 2008 | Maytag PAV2300 Top Load Washer

Not finding what you are looking for?

172 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Washing Machines Experts

Gerry Harvey
Gerry Harvey

Level 3 Expert

1461 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76132 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

15644 Answers

Are you a Washing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...