Got Suds?

Solutions for Suds

Where do bubbles come from? Soap, of course. Whether you’re washing dishes or washing cars, the reason you see bubbles is because of soap. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that you may occasionally see suds when you use laundry soap.

What causes suds?

Detergent is the culprit. Many people are surprised to learn that it’s not their washing machine creating the suds, but their detergent. There is nothing in a washing machine that magically creates suds without a catalyst.

How to prevent suds.

Try switching to HE detergent. It was created to be an effective, yet low-sudsing, option.

Try using a little less detergent. In this case, less is more. More bubbles does not equate to cleaner clothes. In fact, more bubbles can mean that the residue is more likely to stay in your clothes after washing and can leave a musty smell behind over time. Fun Fact: New machines use less water due to Department of Energy regulations, so you can use less detergent and your clothes will still get clean.

If you have a Speed Queen®, our top load washers leave the factory with a black rubber adapter on the end of the drain hose. The purpose of this part is to impede the migration of suds, if needed, from the stand pipe.

How to get rid of suds.

If you see suds, a quick and simple way to eliminate them is to throw a capful of liquid fabric softener into the wash and run an additional rinse cycle. Vinegar will work as well.

Use these tips and save yourself from accidentally recreating a funny movie scene.