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Fabric softener drains away

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GiraffesCanDance1 Wed 21-Oct-15 11:19:30

When I put fabric softener in the washing machine drawer it drains away immediately. I've noticed my clothes aren't very soft, especially when I use a long wash programme.

I have two Bosch machines and they both do this, is this right?

PigletJohn Wed 21-Oct-15 13:02:59

can you photograph the drawer and the fabsoft compartment? It should not do that. the fabsoft compartment is made with a syphon, so unless it is leaking, it should not come out unless you overfill it. When the level rises above the syphon, it will all be sucked out.

PigletJohn Wed 21-Oct-15 13:32:41

Having thought about it, I bet you are overfilling the compartment.

Nottalotta Wed 21-Oct-15 13:38:35

Mine does this. I thought it was normal! Its the small middle compartment isn't it? or have i been doing it wrong all my life?!

Fizrim Wed 21-Oct-15 13:42:58

It shouldn't drain away, no. Is the syphon clean? If it's the same as my Bosch it's the bit under the blue piece of plastic - if you are not overfilling the compartment, pull the blue bit off (take the drawer out) and clean the pipe it slots over.

GiraffesCanDance1 Wed 21-Oct-15 13:47:40

Thanks! I've inspected the drawer and it has a crack in it, so I'll need to replace...

PigletJohn Wed 21-Oct-15 13:53:43

spare parts

online orders are quick.

there are also spares direct and other sources

Nottalotta Wed 21-Oct-15 13:54:21

Mine is a Bosch. It has 3 compartments. A larger one left and right, small in the middle. I put powder in the left and conditioner in the middle. Never used the right
.......can't find the instructions!

PigletJohn Wed 21-Oct-15 13:58:34

the right one is for prewash powder.

you can download the instructions from that link I posted.

Nottalotta Wed 21-Oct-15 15:51:28

Thanks, I am sure its the right place for conditioner but it has always drained away since it was new, and so has every other machine I've ever used!

PigletJohn Wed 21-Oct-15 16:04:49

test it with water (pour it from a teapot spout)

half fill it. Does it empty away?

fill it to the "max" mark. Does it empty away?

fill it to the brim. Does it empty away?

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