Washing Machine Not Rinsing – How To Fix

Washer not rinsing? Have you recently removed a load of clothing from your washer and found that they are not rinsed properly? You may notice a residue of your laundry detergent still in your clothing or the clothes may be extra wet. Clothing that has not been rinsed properly is a sign there is an issue with your washing machine. We will help you to identify what may be causing the washer rinse problem. This will help you to find a solution as to why the washer does not rinse therefore fixing it yourself and saving money.

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Parts or problems on your washer that may cause it to not rinse properly:
1. Too much Detergent added
2. Overfilled Washer
3. Drain Pump not working or clogged
4. Drain Hose may be bent or clogged
5. Water Supply Hoses bent or kinked
6. Water Supply Valves not fully open
7. Switch or Control Board malfunction

The 7 items listed are the MOST COMMON reasons for a washer that will not rinse. Your washer may not be rinsing the soap out, the rinse cycle does not work at all, the rinse cycle does not fill with water, or the water fills slow during rinse. Below we will go into detail as to what you should check to get your washing machine to rinse properly again.

1. Excess Detergent:
Using too much of your detergent (HE or powdered) can cause your clothing to have soap residue left in it. You may have used a type of detergent that is not recommended for your washer. Do not use too much detergent and do not add the wrong type.

2. Excess Clothing in Washer:
Overloading the washing machine with clothing can cause an improper rinse. Adding just one large blanket may make your washer not able to fully rinse. Reduce the size of your wash load.

3. Drain Pump Bad or Clogged:
If you have a bad drain pump or a clogged pump this will affect the rinsing of your clothing. The pump in your washer may not be able to fully get all the water out as there may be something jammed in the pump. This will cause a restriction and the water will not flow out therefore not rinse properly. Remove the drain pump to see if something is stuck in it.

4. Drain Hose Clogged:
The drain hose is attached to the drain pump and goes to the wall to drain out. A bend in the drain hose will cause improper rinsing leaving soap and detergent residue. A drain hose blockage can cause dirty rinse water to back up and come back into the drum. Make sure the hose is not bent and free of debris.

5. Water Supply Hoses Bent:
Be sure that the hoses that supply water to your washer are not bent or crimped. Sometimes when the washer is pushed back into place the hoses get bent and cannot let the proper amount of water into your washer. Check to be sure the water supply hoses are not being restricted.

6. Water Supply Valves Not Fully Open:
There should be 2 water valves on the wall behind your washer. If one or both (Hot and cold) water valves are not fully in the open position, this can cause a rinse issue. Be sure that both the water supply valves are FULLY open.

7. Switch or Control Board Malfunction:
Your washer uses a switch or a control board to change wash functions. A malfunctioning switch or control board can make your washer not rinse at all. A bad switch or control board can also stop your washer right before the rinse cycle begins. Check the function switch with a meter to see if it is causing the issue. The control board can be looked at to see if there are loose wire harnesses or any burn marks.

Here are other problems you may have with your washing machine and pages to assist you to repair your washer yourself (DIY):
If your washer is not spinning, washer is not draining, washer is not turning on, washer is getting error codes, washer fills and drains at same time, washer is not filling with water, washer fills slowly, washer is overflowing, washer is leaking, or your washer is not agitating or washing, these pages will assist you to find the solutions and fix your washer.

If you have questions about your washer not rinsing properly, please leave a comment below and we will assist you to troubleshoot your washer.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa cook December 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Hi my detergent is not washing all away And there is lots of water mixed with the detergent, I have to take draw out to empty the water, many thanks


2 Carmen Weiderhaft October 31, 2018 at 2:28 am

Model GTW#30ASKWW 3.8 c ft machine will wash and drain part of the water out and then just sits will not go into a rinse cycle or a final spin


3 Ma Corazon Dayao July 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

My Hanabishi automatic washing machine is not rinsing, after draining the water it stops, the rinse button is not blinking even if I reset the buttons again, it doesn’t work. It’s the first time that it happened.


4 DIY Help & Repair Tips July 29, 2018 at 12:40 am

Ma Corazon Dayao,
Can you give us the model number on your Hanabishi washer?
It will be near the door on the washer frame, look for a small sticker, the model number will be located there.


5 Melanie July 22, 2018 at 5:31 am

My hoover washing machine is not rinsing or spinning fast,clothes still soaking wet after cycle,the machine also keeps stopping and saying E03,it’s getting rather hot even on a 40 cycle. Please please help as on a small budget to fix machine many thanks.


6 Phil Riley June 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

Washing machine not rinsing soap out of clothes properly. Have pulled out hose and cleaned, draining effectively and water feed in ok. Any other ideas? Thanks


7 Stacy Anderson June 9, 2018 at 6:05 am

Washer fills with water does not agitate then drains. Already replaced the control panel. Why is it still not working?


8 Karen Cook October 31, 2017 at 12:16 am

I have an old fridgedaire washer (1990s). The rinse cycle only drops water. Both valves are open and there doesn’t appear to be crimping in the hoses. It is so old, is there an actual motherboard? I’m wondering how else to trouble-shoot because it takes 2 hours for 1 load.


9 Jerry August 6, 2017 at 11:46 pm

2 year old G E washer. GTWN4250D2WS Washes fine When rinse cycle starts runs about 20 secs. Then quits running water and starts draining. I replaced control board. didn’t fix problem. Washer worked fine for about 2 years.Also replaced water diffuser. that didn’t fix problem.


10 Vivian Nelson July 28, 2017 at 4:05 am

I have a front loader whirlpool washer. It goes through all the cycle, but it still leaves soap in the washer. I’ve got to wash close 3 time’s just to get the soap out. New pump, hose. I’m so sick of this, PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!


11 Ameer kh July 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Dear Sirs,
My automatic washing machine always stops at rinse cylce and usually at spin cycle.
My washing machine is Wansa Gold series number: WGFL5085-WHT-C.6

When it stops at rinse cycle, I put the machine at rinse cycle again and starts it again and it goes on. Then it stops at spin cycle. I put it at spin cycle and restarts it again and it goes on.

What is the problem?


12 anil kumar July 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Rinse is not working on my Godrej fully automatic Washing machine.


13 DIY Project Help Tips July 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm

anil kumar,
If your washer doesn’t go through the washer rinse cycle, the most likely cause is the water valve. What happens is the water valve will stop letting cold water into the washer; therefore, once the washer gets to rinse it will either stop or not do anything during the whole rinse cycle. Do you have the model number of your Godrej fully automatic Washing machine?


14 glen June 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

I have a whirl pool washer. the wash cycle works fine but i have problems with the rinse and spin dry cycle. during those cycles the machine sounds very much like its working normal but after the rinse cycle is completed i used the wash cycle to rinse and spin dry. what could probably be the probmem, any idea.


15 Paul Cirolia June 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for the great info you have provided above.

I have read through all of your potential issues that could be the cause of “clothes feeling soapy at the end of the cycle” (i.e. some part of the rinse cycle not working properly). I have a question about 2 of the issues you address that have witnessed when evaluating this appliance problem for one of my tenants. BYT the appliance is an older Kenmore 110 v stacking unit. The two issues (#7 control board issue and #4 drainage impediment). That is “stopping” somewhere between the wash and rinse cycle (and this appears to happen no matter which wash cycle is chosen), and a somewhat crimped and mildly twisted drain hose (though I can “feel” and “hear” the water draining, though not sure if at the proper rate). The first issue you say requires a new control board, the second requires fixing the drain hose. Are both issues separate, or in some way could the improper drainage be causing the cycle stopping?

Please let me know what you think at your earliest convenience.

BYT the cycle “stopping” problem can always be “reset” by simply lifting and closing the lid when the unit is making a low humming “stuck” noise (also it appears that the drum is not turning and no new wash/rinse water is being added), and when that is done it then continues on the cycle.


16 Mark June 5, 2017 at 6:08 pm

May frigidare top loading washer stops at rinse cycle period..what’s going on?


17 Tonia June 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

My Whirlpool front loading washer will not rinse. The wash cycle works fine, but when it comes to rinse, the water just drips in and and then turns off and I get the F20 error code. There is still bleach in the tray because water isn’t coming through the rinse cycle. Checked the hoses – not kinked, checked the hose filters, not clogged. Any suggestions?


18 DIY Project Help Tips June 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Check the Whirlpool Washer F20 Error Code Repair methods page here.


19 Tom Beckham May 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm

My washer fills with cold water, and then goes through the wash cycle. After that, it spins and drains….. then no rinse cycle. It spins up to and sometimes past rinse… and just stops.


20 Shane Miller March 15, 2017 at 1:26 am

Thank you for your response. However, I have previously today thoroughly scrubbed the detergent drawer and tray, washed these same clothes 3 times each time without detergent, ran the tub clean cycle and still have not removed all of the suds.


21 Shane Miller March 15, 2017 at 12:40 am

My washing machine front loader 2 years old, lightly used once a week goes through the cycles.
During the rinse cycle an abundance of soapy water is present.
HE detergent is used but the clothes when tested in a clean bowl of water generate suds.
The clothes are not ” dripping wet “.


22 DIY Project Help Tips March 15, 2017 at 1:12 am

Shane Miller,
Try cleaning the detergent drawer tray on your washer.
Remove it and clean where the tray sits and the tray itself.
Also, use a different HE detergent, or use less HE detergent.
Run one load empty with no detergent with HOT water and that should clear any excess suds.


23 Shane Miller March 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

LG Washing Machine WM3570h*a – Not rinsing clothing and leaving detergent.


24 DIY Project Help Tips March 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

Shane Miller,
Is your LG washer skipping over the rinse cycle or is the washer going through all wash cycles but still leaves clothes wet and with detergent on them?
Check this page here for more info on Washer Not Rinsing Water From Clothes.


25 Isolde Hendrich July 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Thank you! Your answers make sense, BOSCH!


26 Margaret atkinson April 28, 2016 at 10:51 pm

I have a brand new LG washing machine. Every load so far has not rinsed the soap out well. I use HE detergent and do not use too much. I have also tried the HE detergent pods. Very frustrating!


27 emelyn July 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Our washing machine is samsung. We bought it only last year. Now its not washing and spinning properly. If you set it into a full course… he will finish his course but as if you put him on a delicate mode. Wat do you think is the problem? Is it the board?


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