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"suds" error in kenmore elite HE3 front loader washer

We had a skunking and I put a skunked blanket in with skunk mixture (which has some dishwashing soap in it) apparently too much b/c suds error. Removed blanket, soaked up water, still got suds error. What to do?

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Try a vinegar rinse or there are also defoaming products available.

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