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Soap residue on clothes from washing machine

When I take clothes out of my washing machine, there is a residue that looks like soap on the dark knit clothes. It doesn't seem to affect the light clothing or smooth weaves. Just the knits and usually just the dark colored clothes.

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  • notoriouspam Mar 11, 2009

    Samsung 2008 front loading washing machine. I noticed that when I used a washcloth-ran it under the water in the bathroom sink-the sink water had lots of soap residue and suds from the "clean washcloth". I rewashed this washcloth and bedding and other washclothes that had previously been washed without any soap. I took 3 washclothes from that load after it was dried, ran them separatly under water and there was still soap in them.(This was after the clothes had gone through a pre wash, regular wash and and extra rinse). Has anyone else had that experience and/or has a solution. We use liquid "he"soap-fragranced not "Free".

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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.

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SOURCE: suds residue left on clothes just washed

ck drain hose end of drain hose should be at least 36 ins from floor also be sure drain hose fits loosely in drain water may be siphoning out resulting low water level to wash/rinse ..also recommend using liquid detergent dry doesn't dissolve good in cold water and even though it may be recommended for front load the lower water levels used may not be enough to dissolve it properly

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sorry there right ..your not using he or low suddsing detergent ,or your using to much..as the water pumps out of unit the sudds stick to side of tub than when rinse water comes in it washes back on your clothes...i can only give you tips and something to look for...look for water not drainning fast enough ,,cut down on detergent,,wash your dark clothes first..give your unit a bleach clean about a pint of bleach..keep me posted onthejob

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