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Residue on clothes

I think the problem is the soap residue from the rinse floats to the top of the water. When the washer drains the water out, the soap residue is lowered onto the clothing even after the spin rinse. Not much of a spin rinse in my Maytag top loader. I think this is the main problem and source of the residue problem. So, I am forced to take my laundry out of the washer after the rinse and spin ,then rinse it in the tub next to my washer. After that I throw them back into the washer to spin out. This is my only solution so far. I have tried vinegar in the rinse cycle, but that doesn't get rid of the floating residue on the surface of the rinse water that ends on my laundry anyway.

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For low water volume - or "Trickling" effect...

1. Turn off the water supply to both hoses.
2. Remove hoses (one at a time so you don't get them confused)
3. On the washer side - look for a removeable screen inside wher you just removed the hose.
4. Using a small screwdriver - pop out the screen and reverse-flush it/clean it. It will likely be full of sediment and calcium deposits from your pipes.
5. Replace the inlet screens.
6. Re-fit the hose to the machine.
7. Turn on water supply valves.
8. re-try.


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This black coloured soap scum occasionally breaks away from the drum, and attaches to the clothing fabric during the wash cycle.

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Contrary to what the detergent manufacturers state, you should follow Samsung's instructions by using HALF the recommended detergent.

Samsung machines prefer LOW SUDS, and you may find by reducing the amount of detergent used, you may even eliminate the buildup of soap scum.




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