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Fabric softner is building up in dispenser

Water and fabric softner is building up in dispenser cup.

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  • Greekmom4 Jun 18, 2008

    I have water building up in the fabric softener dispenser....I can't put any fabric softener in there because the water has filled it up. Elyse

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Fabric softner isn't good for machines, it causes a build up and eventally it can cause damages the machine. Try a hot water wash, you may have to do this a couple of times, 'Best of all try not to use fabric softner. If you have a look at what fabric softner contains, it may actually put you off using it all together,

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Same deal - I have to soak up all the residual water in the softener dispenser between washes. (The detergent and bleach compartments are fine).

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

  • gopher_baby Jun 19, 2008

    I have the same problem as judyvan - not sure why mine is showing as a solution! gopher_baby.

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