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Why is the washing machine not using the fabric conditioner.. the drawer is still full after the wash??

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Lulumama Wed 27-May-09 09:09:44

Have cleaned out the drawer which was a bit gunky, but it is still not working. have a warranty for the machine so can call someone out, but not keen on staying in all day waiting for the repair man

any ideas??

aquatic1957 Tue 09-Aug-16 15:41:03

The reason fabric condition doesn't go through on a cycle is because it is blocked. After getting very upset at the cost of an engineer I tackled the issue myself and it worked and has been ever since.
Remove the complete drawer assembly, sounds daunting but it's not really. You have to remove the top of the machine and disconnect the hoses to the drawer, usually two at the back one at the side and one at th bottom, (That's a tricky one).
Work out how yours is held in and get the top op off. Give the whole unit a thorough clean and if you are lucky like me use a compressor to blast all the holes through to ensure they are clear and rinse again. If you haven't got a compressor maybe your local tyre fitter or car body shop will do it for you. Put it back together and it should be sorted.

Vavey Tue 12-Apr-16 22:20:04

Does anyone know of a washing that does actually dispense fabric conditioner consistently, without lots of TIME spent on poking around, bleaching, adding vinegar etc etc
I d love to know!
It s no good just saying fabric conditioner is of the devil, ex-pat of Scotland! Although that really made me laugh !

lfc84 Sat 11-Jan-14 21:41:35

quote=gillohare: "Mine was the same, the fabric conditioner draw was holding water and softener, take draw out, pull off the part that says MAX, look under inside the tube, clean out with hot waster and scrape the gunge with a screwdriver, it is this gunge thats is preventing the softener from overflowing into the pipe, put back together and it should work, Mine did smile"

This worked for me. I used a cotton bud rather than a screwdriver

CarpeJugulum Sat 02-Feb-13 20:20:39

I stick my washing machine drawer in the dishwasher. I also do the bleach spray and then the hot wash.

But I find the dishwasher is usually the best for me... <lazy slob emoticon>

gillohare Sat 02-Feb-13 20:10:39

Mine was the same, the fabric conditioner draw was holding water and softener, take draw out, pull off the part that says MAX, look under inside the tube, clean out with hot waster and scrape the gunge with a screwdriver, it is this gunge thats is preventing the softener from overflowing into the pipe, put back together and it should work, Mine did smile

chantellejenise Wed 17-Nov-10 16:40:48

Well, sadly that didn't work for my machine but will still regularly make sure those holes are cleaned.
However, since leaving it this morning on a 90 wash with bleach! I've realised that it not only is not taking the conditioner, it is actually filling the conditioner compartment with water. So will carry on searching for advice but if it comes to having to pull the machine out and disconnect pipes or anything, I'm afraid I'm going to have to find a man! lol!

choccyp1g Wed 17-Nov-10 10:13:28

I get the same problem every so often, and clean out the drawer thingy, but have just remembered that the holes at the top also cause the trouble, so will start poking around with a stick.

But I ask myself WHY can't capitalism an advanced western industrialised nation produce a self cleaning washing machine ???

Oh yes, I remember, capitalism doesn't actually produce the things we need (or even want), it simply makes us want the things it produces. [sign of aging leftie, relating economic theory to household chores FGS]

chantellejenise Wed 17-Nov-10 09:16:23

Just wanted to say, that I have had the same problem for a while now. It occasionally takes the conditioner but rarely. I've tried the hot washes etc but to no avail!
Seen your tips and so have pulled the drawer out and tried to unblock the tiny holes and sprayed with my d.i.y bleach spray, as suggested.
Just waiting 1/2hr now!!....fingers crossed!!!

StealthPolarBear Mon 15-Jun-09 11:28:05

Well finally got round to scrubbing mine with a washing up brush and it worked
<sniffs top>
Gave the entire compartment a scrub out too, and the drawer itself (usually just run it under very hot water) - so feeling extra extra clean!

Lulumama Thu 28-May-09 09:54:01


bleach spray - flash do one with bleach in it or you could make your own with bleach and water in a plant sprayer ! <<blue peter emoticon>>

StealthPolarBear Thu 28-May-09 08:06:54

I'm buying a washing up brush today
What do you mean by bleach spray? Is that something you buy or something you make?

YouLukaAmazing Wed 27-May-09 23:40:07

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MrsMcCluskey Wed 27-May-09 23:35:11

cant go to bed knowing there is a lundry crisis out there!

Lulumama Wed 27-May-09 23:25:39

sorry , forgot to report back


conditioner being sucked up now.. all is well in washing machine land tonight


Lulumama Wed 27-May-09 11:56:48

usually use 2 in one, but got some non bio so needed to add conditioner... will check cycle instructions, thanks

Washersaurus Wed 27-May-09 11:51:21

Do you normally use softener? Are you sure you are using a cycle that takes the fabric conditioner? I know only a couple of the programmes on my machine do.

Lulumama Wed 27-May-09 11:45:30

oooh, many posts.. thank you all, especially to BIWI and expat , made me laugh..

i have done much degunking and prodding, withj a chopstik, rather than a pipe cleaner.. will try the bleach spray now

have run machine on hottest cycle 2 days ago..

will report back after bleaching!

mummy2isla Wed 27-May-09 11:23:15

White vinegar is meant to do it on a 90 degree wash. Although I bought the white vinegar about 3 months ago and haven't got round to it yet grin

StealthPolarBear Wed 27-May-09 10:39:48

hadn't thought of that thanks clumsymum and weebles

clumsymum Wed 27-May-09 10:34:16

Yep, I scrub the upper surface above the drawer with my washing up brush now and then, cos I think the nozzles where the water comes out get bunged up.

That works for mine.

weebleswobble Wed 27-May-09 10:30:55

I had this problem with my machine - the engineer told me to take the drawer out, spray the upper part where the water comes out with bleach spray, and leave for 1/2 hour and then run an empty wash on the hottest temperature. It worked and I have to do this twice a year.

sagacious Wed 27-May-09 10:23:29

I had a zanussi jet and it had the same problem.

Never worked out how to fix it (tried hot washes/vinegar/ taking out dispenser and cleaning

In the end the control system went and was beyond repair

So problem sorted hmm

StealthPolarBear Wed 27-May-09 09:54:34

me too
Is it a zanussi jet (I think)
I've just stopped using it - cleared the drawer out and hacked at all the built up stuff around the drawer with a knife, still not working
keep meaning to post on here but forgetting!

paranoidmother Wed 27-May-09 09:50:05

I had this problem with an old machine and found using half conditoner and half water meant it all went through.

deegward Wed 27-May-09 09:16:17

Ihave the same problem, but my machine is 8 yrs old, now swapped to 2 in 1 tablets.

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