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Suds residue left on clothes just washed

After every wash especially dark loads I end up with soap residue all over the clothes , I have tried adjusting the amount of soap powder {front loading soap powder of course} water temp is fine, and soap dispenser draw empties okay .Sick and tired of rewashing clothes as the machine is brand new.

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  • gaylepaul Nov 27, 2008

    unable to purchase liquid detergent for front loader. Instructions say to only use front loading detergent in this top loading machine. I don't think they make it in liquid form. drain hose is at least 36 ins from floor level. In other words you can't help me.Buying this machine was a waste of time.

  • gaylepaul Nov 27, 2008

    I live in Tasmania, Unable to buy HE liquid but found DYNAMO liquid for front loaders will try this one also I have been putting the spin cycle on high not that it should make any difference but will try next time I do a load, thanking you Gayle.

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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

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  • oldfixer Nov 27, 2008

    most major brands have liquid for front loaders look for large HE in blue swirl on front of box don't know where you are located but tide,gain, all ,and several others sell the liquid type HE..HE are low suds detergents in fact we very seldom see any dry HE detergents in this area

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