White Residue on Clothing
- Interaction of body soils with detergent, most frequently found on work out clothing or activewear
- Excessive lint
- Excess detergent
- Non-high efficiency (HE) detergent
- Detergent build-up in the washer
- Home water quality
- Too cold water
Interaction of body soils
The interaction of some body soils with detergent may result in the formation of a white residue. This residue might accumulate within the folds and wrinkles of garments or be widely distributed throughout the fabric load. Warmer water and washing mixed loads (e.g., pieces of cotton mixed with synthetic garments) may exacerbate this residue. To help reduce this residue, follow these tips, depending on your washer's cycles:
- Use cycles including Heavy Duty, PowerWash, Deep Water Wash, and Whites, where available.
- Avoid gentler cycles, such as Delicates, Casuals, and ColorLast, where applicable.
- Use the Extra Power option, if available
- Select cooler temperatures when acceptable for the fabric you are washing
- Select higher soil levels (e.g., Heavy, Extra Heavy) when acceptable for the fabric you are washing.
- Select the extra rinse option.
- Always use the correct amount of HE detergent CLICK HERE for additional information
Using too much detergent
Using non-high efficiency (HE) detergent
Use of a non-HE detergent in a HE washer may result in white "clumps" of undissolved detergent. Rewashing clothing items should remove these clumps. Running items through the dryer will also help remove these clumps. Always use only HE detergent.
It is not recommended to use non-high efficiency (HE) detergent.
Which detergent should you use?
Maytag recommends using Swash™ Laundry Detergent. It is designed to work in both high-efficiency (HE) and non-HE washing machines. With an 8x concentrated formula, you’ll use about a quarter of the detergent you’d need with a traditional 2x concentration detergent. It may look like a small amount, but you’ll be amazed at its effectiveness.
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From our Precision Pour Cap to our ultra-concentrated formula, Swash® delivers the results you want in a compact, intelligent bottle design.
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Water is too cold
This symptom is more common if you are using powdered detergent. It also happens more frequently during cold months in northern climates.
If your washer water is too cold, it may not properly dissolve detergent, which may result in white "clumps" of detergent on clothing. Rewashing clothing items should remove these clumps. Running items through the dryer will also help remove these clumps. If using a cold water wash, ensure that your water temperature is at least 60 degrees to properly dissolve detergent. Your washer should also regulate the cold water temperature by adding hot water to bring the temperature up. Run hot water in the sink closest to the washer to help ensure that hot water is running through the water lines near the washer.
Please see your Owner's Manual for more information regarding the cycles on your machine.
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