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The fabric softener drawer is half full of water which does not drain away, even after the washing machine has finished. The detergent drawer is fine. how can I drain this water away? Kind regards Linda

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  • mastertailor Feb 19, 2009

    my friends washing machine as got a problem. I've cleaned the draw where the fabric softner goes and even run it on a hot program but the fabric sotfner still won't go through. any advice what to do now.

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Remove drawer and thoroughly clean, you must have a blockage in it for the water to remain.
Make sure that you clean every piece of it, taking all the components out.
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