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Vinegar leaks from fabric softener compartment

Posted by daviderin7 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 7, 11 at 22:59

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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RE: Vinegar leaks from fabric softener compartment

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.


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RE: Vinegar leaks from fabric softener compartment

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.


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RE: Vinegar leaks from fabric softener compartment

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.


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