Clothing Not Coming Out Clean? Tips To Repair Your Washing Machine

Posted on: 14 January 2020

Your washing machine is supposed to be getting your clothing cleaned and sanitized. If it isn't cleaning your clothing properly, then you're walking around wearing dirty clothing. The washing machine uses soap and water to clean your clothes, so if it isn't cleaning properly then you may have an issue either with the water coming in or the soap dispenser that is supposed to be dispensing the soap to your machine/clothing. Read on for tips to help you make the repair so your clothes get clean.

Inspect The Soap Dispenser

If you have a front-loading washing machine, then you use a soap dispenser on the front of your machine where you put in your detergent or bleach. Front-loading machines require that you use a specific type of soap that is made for high-efficiency machines. Be sure you are using this type of detergent. If you aren't, you could be causing too many suds in your machine, or your clothing could be coming out with soap stains on them as the soap isn't being rinsed from your clothing. Check the label on your detergent to be sure it has the "HE" symbol on it (for "high efficiency").

If you are using the right type of detergent, then pull open the detergent bin. You can pull it out entirely to clean it, which is something you should do at least a few times per year as mold and mildew can build up in this bin. Clean the detergent bin, then inspect the siphon hose that is used to siphon the detergent up and into the washing machine. If this detergent bin is clogged, it can cause a problem. One way to clean this is to use a small, soft-bristle brush to clean inside the hose. Pull out any debris that may be trapped inside using the brush.

Inspect The Hose Lines

If your clothing is not being rinsed enough, it could be that you are overloading your machine, or you may not have enough water pressure. Be sure you are not loading too many items in your machine at once. Try to wash a smaller load to see if this helps.

If the load size isn't the issue, check that the water is turned on all the way and that the water hoses aren't kinked or you don't have any leaks in these water lines. If there is an issue with the hoses, turn the water off and remove the old hoses. Replace the water lines with new ones. If the water lines aren't the issue, it may be time to call a professional repairman to repair your washing machine.

If your clothing isn't being cleaned, there are a few things you can check. First and foremost, be sure you are using the right type of detergent, be sure you aren't overloading your machine, and check the water lines. If you aren't sure how to repair your machine, contact a company like D-3/A-OK Appliance Service Inc. for help.