How to avoid detergent residue in your washing machine

Washing machines are like any other appliance: they need to be taken care of. One of the things you need to check for is laundry detergent residue. So why does your detergent leave residue behind in your machine, and how do you stop it?

Unlike liquid laundry detergent, powder is dispensed from your washing machine’s drawer. Water is pumped into the drawer, before pulling the detergent out into the drum during the wash. If it builds up too much, it can clog up your machine, meaning your detergent is not dispensed properly and leaving your clothes unwashed. To avoid washing powder residue, just follow the steps below and watch the video.

  • 1

    Always use the correct dose

    Too much powder laundry detergent and you will have powder left behind in the drawer after the wash.

    Dose
  • 2

    Clean your dispenser drawer

    Every now and again, after a wash, remove your washing machine’s drawer and give it a clean.

    Clean your dispenser drawer
  • 3

    Gently towel clean

    Using a damp towel soaked in warm soapy liquid, gently clean out the drawer, making sure to reach into the corners and remove every grain of detergent.

    Gently towel clean
  • 4

    Use the right tools

    Use a high quality laundry detergent like POD.

    Use Ariel

Taking care of your washing machine is important. For extra tips on cleaning and looking after your machine, take a look at our article on washing machine care tips.

Keeping your washing machine in top condition is only part of the journey to a streamlined laundry experience, though. Understanding fabric care labels can go a long way to making the process smoother, while keeping your laundry room in order is a great way to ensure the right wash conditions. With Ariel as a partner, your laundry process is in safe hands.