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Soap doesn't go out of dispenser

When the washer has finished the cycle I have liquid soap left in the dispenser but it is gelled. I am not sure if the soap is even going into the load. what can i do to rectify this? so far I have taken the soap dispenser out and rinsed it thoroughtly this did not help.

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    Add soap and just sits in dispenser through cycles



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Make sure you are using a liquid or powder detergent made for front loading machines and has the HE symbol on the front. Also use warm water not cold some detergents may not dissolve completly

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