Solutions to fabric softener issues in the washing machine

Can you imagine a situation where you are washing clothes without a washing machine? Whatever do you think will be the fate of the dirty laundry that is sitting in your laundry room waiting to be tackled and suddenly you find that something is wrong with the machine and it just refuses to work! Sounds nightmarish and you think you will throw a fit if a problem does not fix itself, but let us tell you that more often than not, the problem is not so much with the machine, but with the way in which end up handling it. In fact with a household appliance like a washing machine, we tend to take it for granted and do not take care to clean it as it is supposed to be at regular intervals.

Your poor machine may function to the best of its abilities in its first few years, but later there may be some issues cropping up here and there. One such common problem that people are likely to encounter after some years of the washing machine have passed by is that of a problem with the fabric softener. But before we tell you about how you can solve the problem without hitting the panic button, let us take some time to explain to you how exactly does a fabric softener dispenser do and the way it helps in the washing machine. This will help you get a better perspective of the problem with the fabric softener if any.

The function of a fabric softener

You will have noticed that most front load or even a top load machine these days has a fabric conditioner dispenser. In a front load washing machine you will find a drawer like the soap drawer that houses the fabric conditioner in the machine. In top load machines the dispenser is to be found in the top right hand corner of the washing machine, just underneath the lid. This is a dispenser that is meant to put the softener inside the machine once the wash cycle has reached its final stages. The fabric softener is used so that the clothes that are being washed in the machine remain soft and the cling that is caused by the static electricity in the clothes gets visibly reduced. While there are many brands that can be used in various machines, there are some brands that are obviously most reputed and work well across all machines. However it is a good idea to check with the instruction manual that the manufacturer has provided you with, in order to see if there is any particular brand of fabric softener that is recommended for your washing machine.

The fabric softener contains some surfactants that have some qualities of lubrication in them. These lubricants are have particles that are positively charged and coat your clothes with a film that is essentially waxy in nature. As a result the clothes lose the static electricity and become softer and fluffier.

Once you have used a fabric conditioner you will find that the clothes that are being washed inside your machine have lost the scratchy feel that comes only with the use of detergent and are much softer to touch. Not to mention, the use of a fabric softener makes your clothes smell nicer too. There are various kinds of fabric softeners that you will find in the market in tablet form or powder form, but the liquid fabric softeners are the most popularly used by people around the world. It is also fair to say that liquid fabric softeners have the best results on the clothes that are being washed in the machine as well.

Issues caused by a fabric softener

However after some repeated use, you may encounter some fabric softener issues while washing your clothes. For instance you may find that the fabric softener is refusing to drain from the dispenser. The most common reason why this happens is because you may have used too much of the liquid that is concentrated in its form. Just diluting the softener with a little bit of water before usage can solve your problem immediately. The other reason why the fabric softener may not be dispensing from its position is because the drum is overloaded. We do understand the temptation of getting your dirty clothes washed all at once instead of doing your laundry in small loads, but this is a practice that only harms your machine over a prolonged period of time. As for the fabric softener, it practically gets trapped between the overstuffed clothes and does not get the chance to mix well with the water while the machine is in its rinse cycle. It is important for you to remember that all times that you are doing your laundry, the clothes must have enough space to revolve inside the drum so that the washing cycle takes place effectively. If your washing machine is not overloaded, and you are still facing an issue with the fabric softener, the reason may be that the dispenser itself is clogged and unable to pass the softener through to the clothes inside the machine. Needless to say, in such a case, the dispenser ought to be cleaned thoroughly before further use, to get rid of this problem. In order to clean the dispenser you will need to remove it from the drawer where it is placed. By making good use of an old toothbrush or a sponge clean out the dispenser thoroughly. Make sure you are using warm water, because it has better results. Before you put the dispenser back into the drawer of the machine, you should also pass water through it to see that none of the clogs are remaining in the dispenser.

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