Vinegar leaks from fabric softener compartment

daviderin7August 7, 2011

I have a front loader, a couple of years old. I've never used fabric softener in it, but would like to start using a vinegar rinse. Only problem is that it spills into the drum as soon as I put it into the FS compartment, it never even makes it to the final rinse.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Wondering if I can make some sort of vinegar gel? Vinegar ice cube maybe?

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It would help to know what machine you have. It's obviously something in the way your detergent tray is designed. I can't see how vinegar would leak but fabric softener would not? I use vinegar in my Miele W4842 no problem.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 11:44AM
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Some FS dispensers work on a siphon principle. A small amount of softener sits in the dispenser, but when filled to the brim with water a siphon action is initiated through a small tube. This may also happen if you fill the dispenser to the brim with vinegar. My suggestion is not to overfill the dispenser. If you feel that you can't get enough vinegar in there, I would suggest switching to citric acid instead. Just dissolve 1 TBSP of citric acid into a FS-sized shot of vinegar. This should be enough to provide a sour final rinse.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 1:13PM
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Yep...if you fill it to high it can siphon early. With my drawer if you push it in a little to fast it causes it to siphon too soon as well.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 3:26PM
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