Why is my washer leaving fabric softener stains? Tips for preventing and treating fabric softener stains
The culprit could be your fabric softener. Liquid fabric softener is oil based which can be an issue if it’s not added to your wash cycle at the right time or diluted properly. When the water supply is extremely cold, liquid softener can actually coagulate!
How do you remove stains from a washing machine? Pour a quart of white vinegar into the wash drum with a cup of baking soda. Use a stiff nylon brush and vinegar to scrub the interior of the wash drum. At the hottest temperature setting, run a wash cycle with this cleaning solution in an empty washer; select the heavy-duty wash cycle if available.
Will vinegar remove fabric softener stains? If you discover oily streaks on clothes as they come out of the washing machine, simply place the clothes back in the washer with no detergent or fabric softener, and add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to the wash water. Let the clothes go through a full wash/rinse cycle, and the stains should be gone.
Do softener stains come off? Dampen the stain with water and rub gently with bar soap (do not use a dedorant-type soap). Or, rub the area with liquid laundry detergent such as Shout Liquid Laundry Stain Remover. Rinse thoroughly with clear water, then blot the excess liquid and allow to dry.