How to correct having too much foam in the washing machine

Too much foam in your washing machine can lead to poorly washed clothes and needing to wash again. So what can you do to prevent it and what causes it?

Ariel Too much foam in washing machine

What causes it?

The most common causes of too much foam are too much laundry detergent or not using a quality detergent like Ariel. Ariel is specially formulated to deliver the right level of cleaning power, with added ingredients that ensure the levels of suds are also controlled to an optimum level.

So the best thing you can do to prevent excessive foam is adding just the right amount of a quality detergent. The easiest solution is to use a dosing device with your Ariel detergent.

How else can you solve it?

It’s also important to check your water hardness. If your water is softer than you think, you could be adding too much laundry detergent, so check with your local water authority.

Anti-lime-scale products also soften the water, so stop using them if you have too much foam. Also check for any other water softening system.

For an instant fix on a single wash, adding a cap of fabric conditioner to your dispenser drawer can help. Best to add it when the machine next takes in water for a rinse to stop concentrated fabric conditioner getting on the clothes. This should help reduce the amount of foam.

A rinse and spin issue

If you get excess foam on your rinse and spin, then it could be caused by a partial blockage of your system. This is quite rare, as it needs the blockage to be large enough to restrict flow out of the drum, but small enough that water can still flow out. In this case, suds will be present, but there shouldn’t be too much.