How to Unclog a Washing Machine Hose

Written by nick davis
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Your washing machine's drain hose is not immune from clogs. Washing machine hoses clog for a variety of reasons, including a build-up of detergent, thread from garments and lint from towels. Clogs usually occur in the kinked part of the drain hose, and a clogged hose will prevent the washing machine from going into the spin cycle. If you notice your washing machine failing to drain completely or even shutting off, a clogged drain hose could be the culprit.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar

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  1. 1

    Empty the washing machine of any clothes, towels or other fabrics if you were in the middle of a wash cycle and the machine overflowed.

  2. 2

    Fill the washing machine with hot water. Use a low water setting.

  3. 3

    Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the water in the washing machine. The vinegar will cut through the clog and flush it from the hose.

  4. 4

    Run the washing machine on a regular cycle. Do not add any clothes, towels or other fabrics to the machine.

  5. 5

    Test the washing machine by washing a large load of clothes and check for a overflow of water during the cycles. Repeat these steps if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Use this process once a month to keep the washing machine hose from clogging in the future.

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