Along with the dishwasher and the refrigerator, the washing machine is one of those household appliances that you don’t want to do without. A serious defect, however, announces itself at an early stage, at least with the washing machine. If, for example, water remains in the fabric softener compartment after the wash cycle, this may indicate a serious problem. It is advisable to open the detergent compartment after the wash cycle to prevent mold growth. If there is residual water in the fabric softener, there is an urgent need for action – even if you have not used any fabric softener at all.

Water in the fabric softener compartment: Is the washing machine broken?

Both the detergent and the fabric softener are pumped into the washing machine through the same pipe. In the process, the detergent and fabric softener residues can clog the pipe and the inlet opening. Consequently, the rinsed water is no longer pumped out properly.

The problem occurs more often with the fabric softener compartment. Here, the liquid is only pumped out once during the wash cycle. The detergent compartment, on the other hand, is rinsed out several times so that the detergent really does get completely into the washing drum. The inlet opening of the detergent compartment is therefore cleaned and rinsed much more frequently than that of the fabric softener compartment.

Why the water in the fabric softener compartment is a problem

When the pipes and openings get clogged, the washing machine can only pump a small amount of detergent or fabric softener out of the compartments. In the worst case, no fabric softener gets to your laundry at all. In the end, it remains in the compartment in a heavily diluted form. In addition, bacteria, viruses and fungi accumulate on the deposits in the feed opening. These not only spread an unpleasant odor, but they also endanger your health as soon as they get onto your laundry.

This is how you can solve the problem

If you ignore the water in the fabric softener compartment, your washing machine might break down in the long run. Therefore, take note of the following to solve the problem: Always leave the detergent compartment open after the wash cycle and remove the remaining water. Afterwards, take out the compartment and clean all openings with a cloth and, if necessary, with a dash of vinegar. In this way, you can also remove light soiling from the inlet opening.

To prevent water in the fabric softener compartment, you should also decalcify your washing machine regularly. To do this, put some vinegar in the detergent compartment and a cup of baking soda directly in the washing drum. Now start the 194°F program of your washing machine without laundry.

Usually, you should be able to solve the problem this way. If not, your washing machine may be broken. Check the water drainage of your washing machine before contacting a repair service. Have you ever had this problem with your washing machine?