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GE front loader washer soap inside door

I have been using Wisk high efficiency soap in all loads, yet after about 3 or 4 loads, when I open the door at the end of a wash cycle, there is a pile of liquid detergent on the rubber door seal. There is also quite a bit under the rubber seal where the water holes are as well. Any solutions?

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  • sk122 Mar 13, 2008

    Wisk H.E. is for front loaders.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2008

    same problem here- no matter how small an amount of soap is used and even if a second rinse is used.

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You can try using soap powders for 'front loading' machines......

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