How to Get Rid of Too Much Soap in the Washing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar

Soap suds on the floor are a sure sign of excessive detergent.

Excessive soap bubbles on your clothing and the inside of the washing machine indicates you might have been a bit overzealous with the detergent. Although it's important to use enough detergent to get clothing clean, too much can result in laundry that's stiff and irritating to the skin. Just like other appliances, your washing machine needs to be cleaned, especially after using too much detergent. You can get rid of too much soap in the washing machine using simple supplies commonly found in the household.


Step 1

Wipe the inside of the washing machine with dry cloths to remove as much soap residue and bubbles as possible. As soap residue is removed, change to a clean cloth.

Step 2

White vinegar breaks down and removes soap residue inside the washing machine.

Fill the washing machine with water. Add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar.


Step 3

Run the washing machine on a full cycle. The vinegar acts as a rinse agent and helps to break down the excessive soap residue.

Step 4

Run the washing machine on a second rinse cycle to rinse the vinegar smell and remove any remaining soap residue.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the soap residue is completely removed from your washing machine.


Measure laundry detergent over a work table or bucket, instead of over the washing machine. If excess detergent spills out you won't have to clean it out of the washing machine. When using a different brand of laundry detergent, read the directions to ensure you use the correct amount of detergent for your washing machine.



Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.