Re: kenmore 80 series washer leaves soap residue on...
After speaking with someone with trouble shooting experience in these matters, I now believe the problem lies NOT with the washer but with a bad batch of laundry detergent which fails to dissolve properly in the water.
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Try using white vinegar in place of liquid fabric softener. Half a cup at the rinse cycle in a full load will do it. Trust me, the smell of the vinegar will fade quickly as it works to break down the soap.
There are two other possibilities here:
You're overloading the washer with clothes - An overfull washer has the problem of not providing proper drainage before the spin cycle starts - Soap ends up getting embedded in clothes instead of being sucked out of the drain.
It could be coming from your fabric softner. I know when I use liquid fabric softner I get oily looking stains on clothes. I no longer use liquid softner. I also use Dawn dish soap in my washer. I use Dawn instead of any other stain removers. Dawn dish soap works on everything.
Residue is almost always soap related. 1: Soap goes in the washer first, then clothes. The other way around leaves soap on clothes. 2: switch to concentrated liquid soap. This blends better with cold water. 3: Dry soap has cardboard fillers. Cheaper soap has more fillers. Try a better soap brand. 4: The washer may have build up inside and may need to be cleaned out. (not likely as this clears up real fast)
periodically this has happened in a white sheet wash in my kenmore front loader series 417. we ran the washer empty with washer cleaner and blackish water was ejected from the pump. Another site suggests mildew under the drum . I am wondering if some oil from the unit is leaking in on a high spin cycle where the load is too full.
the reason the clothes are wet is the washer is not shifting to high spin,does the washer have a speed switch(normal wash spin,high wash spin)if its not the speed switch than the clutch is bad,how old is the washer?mike
I have the same problem. Can't get soap out my clothes. I have a Sears Kenmore frontload washer. It seems to work fine but something isn't right. Repair man came few days ago & said NOT to use the brands they say "For ALL HE Washers" ALL being the key word. Only use the ones that only say HE. I changed back to Gain instead of Sam's brand, but I still can't get soap out. I really don't think its the detergent. I washed my daughters towels & had soap in clothes after complete full wash was done. I'm lost & have no idea what the problem is or how long its being going on before I noticed.