Washers - Cleaning the Fabric Softener Dispenser

Cleaning the fabric softener dispenser is important to keep the dispenser working properly. The dispenser is easy to clean. Here's how to clean your dispenser type:Removable Dispensers: 

  1. Remove the dispenser from the top of the agitator.

  2. Separate the dispenser cup from the cover by grasping the top and pushing down on the inside of the cup with your fingers. The dispenser cup will pop free from the cover.

  3. To clean the dispenser, soak both the dispenser cup and the dispenser cover in the following solution:  

    • 1 gallon (3.8 liters) warm water

    • 1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy duty liquid detergent

    • 1 cup (240 ml) bleach  

  4. If necessary, loosen any build-up with a clean, soft cloth after soaking. Do not use a stiff brush; you may scratch the surface of the dispenser.

  5. Rinse and reassemble the dispenser. Place the dispenser back onto the agitator.

Non-Removable Dispensers: 

  1. Make a solution of hot water and liquid detergent.

  2. Pour the mixture into the dispenser.

  3. If the washer has a warm rinse option, use the warm setting and run the washer through the rinse cycle two or three times. If the washer only has cold rinse, pour hot sudsy water into the dispenser between rinses.

Tips to prevent build-up: 

  • Always dilute your liquid softener with clean water, as recommended by the softener manufacturer.

  • Once a month, fill the washer and dispenser with hot water and liquid detergent. Allow to stand for two hours and then run through a regular cycle.

View a video about using fabric softener: 

View a video for fixing a fabric softener in an agitator that is broken or noisy: