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My wife cannot understand why all the towels feel like sand paper after a wash in our washing machine. No fabric softener seems to work. What could be the problem ?

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Perhaps the machine is not rinsing the soap all out.take some to a launder mat and try there . see if their machines do a better job . it might be time to replace yours

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

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My husband just fixed ours after not seeing a solution on any other site. He pulled out the dispensing unit and pulled off the blue plastic piece on the top of the fabric softener and bleaching section. He then ran warm/hot water (not boiling hot) through the holes where the fabric softener is suppose to flow through. This cleaned out excess fabric softener that had coagulated in the elbow and blocked the flow of softener to the unit.

Posted on Aug 05, 2007

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SOURCE: The machine wont take the fabric softener.

Remove soap drawer from washer, and remove all accessories,and thoroughly clean all parts, particularly the conditioner parts, make sure the syphon tube is clear by poking through it .
Clean interior of soap drawer compartment with a stiff nylon brush or similar.
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Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Washing machine does not take fabric softner

Obstruction, please take the whole soap compartment out and do better job with old tooth brush on the compartment in the sink and the machine itself. Should do it unless you live in very cold environment.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Hard scratchy towels. Have used all wash cycles, and use fabric softener

have you tried just white vinegar as your rinse aid. Do a full cycle of your washing machine using white vinegar instead of detergent, to clean any residue from pipes, and then in the next wash try white vinegar as your rinse aid.

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

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SOURCE: The fabric softener will not dispense into the machine

Will be dirt in the drawer, take it out give it a good clean make sre the small tube is cleaned too if it has one/.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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Fabric softener is one of those things we don’t think much about, but use frequently. How does it work? How is it used? Fabric softener is essentially a chemical cocktail that helps soften the fibers in textiles. It makes them feel less harsh and has anti-soiling and anti-staining properties. With such names as Diethylenetriamine, Aminoethylethanolamine and Triethylenetetramine, these chemicals sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but they are mostly byproducts of animal fats. Fabric softeners come in two types: liquids and dryer sheets. The liquid softeners are added to the rinse water for each load of clothes. Dryer sheets are paper or sponge-like pieces that are coated with the dry softener and are added to the dryer for every load. Some liquid softeners tout that they will leave clothes brighter and prevent discoloration from chlorine. These claims must, of course, be evaluated by each person.

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