Laundry Pods Not Dissolving? Here’s What to Do

May 8, 2023
Washer Repair

Laundry pods are convenient, easy to use, make less mess, and are generally effective in ensuring your laundry comes out nice and clean after a wash cycle. However, on some rare occasions, laundry pods can fail to dissolve, which means your laundry won’t come out clean.

In this article, we discuss why they don’t dissolve and what you need to do to rectify the problem. We’ll then end the article by answering some of the most frequently asked questions people have when it comes to laundry pods.

Why don’t laundry pods dissolve?

Before we give you some tips for how to make sure your laundry pods are dissolving, let’s briefly discuss why they don’t dissolve.

  • Laundry pods shouldn’t be used in your washing machine. Manufacturers typically recommend using pods with standard top-loading machines or high-efficiency top and front-loaders. If your washing machine isn’t one of those types, you shouldn’t be using pods. If in doubt, check your user manual.
  • You’re putting the pod in the wrong drawer. If your washer has an automatic detergent drawer, it may not work well with pods. Instead of placing the pod in the drawer, place it directly in the washer drum.
  • The water temperature is too low. Laundry pods need hot water to dissolve properly. If you’re setting the water temperature at low or medium, the pod might not be able to dissolve.
  • You’re overloading the machine. Too many laundry items in the machine prevent the pod from dissolving as there isn’t enough water.
  • You’re using too many pods. Make sure you only use one pod for a regular load or two for an extra-large load. If you use the wrong number of pods, they’ll fail to dissolve.
  • You’re storing the pods improperly. Keep your pods in a dry, sealed container or the original packet. This prevents them from becoming hard, which will stop them from properly dissolving during the wash cycle.

How to make sure your laundry pods dissolve

As mentioned above, laundry pods can fail to dissolve for several reasons. To prevent this from happening, we’ve put together some simple tips to help ensure your pods dissolve every time.

  • Check the size of the load. Before pressing start on your load of washing, make sure the washing machine drum isn’t overfilled. Aim for it to be ¾ full for loads of sheets and clothes and ½ full when washing heavy items like towels.
  • Check the water settings. When using laundry pods, the temperature needs to be set to medium or high to ensure the pods dissolve.
  • Put the pod at the bottom of your washer. Always put the laundry pod at the bottom of your washing machine drum so it gets covered in hot water and dissolves.
  • Make sure your machine can use pods. Some makes and models of washing machines aren’t able to use pods. Check your user manual to make sure yours can.
  • Use the correct number of pods. Check the packaging for instructions on how many pods you should use for each load size.
  • Make sure you store the pods properly. Make sure you’re keeping your laundry pods in the box they came in or in an airtight container. This prevents them from hardening up, which stops them from dissolving properly.

Laundry pods FAQs

What are laundry pods?

Laundry pods (sometimes called laundry detergent pods) are like small cakes of laundry powder that have the correct amount of powder needed for a load of laundry. All you have to do is place them in with your load of washing and they dissolve in the water during the cycle.

How do I use laundry pods?

All you have to do when using laundry pods is to place the pod in the bottom of the machine with your load of laundry. The pod then dissolves in the hot water during the wash cycle so your laundry cleans properly.

Do laundry pods damage my laundry?

No, laundry pods are safe when used correctly. Always make sure you follow the instructions on the back of the packaging to ensure you use the correct number of pods. If you use the wrong amount, your laundry might come out with detergent stains and will need to be washed again.

What types of washing machines can I use pods in?

Most makes and models of washing machines including front-loading, top-loading, and high-efficiency machines can use laundry pods. Check your user manual if you’re not sure if your specific makes and model can use them.

Do laundry pods work better than liquid or powder detergent?

The main purpose of using laundry pods is convenience since you don’t have to measure out the liquid or powder. This ensures that you use the correct amount of detergent every time you do a load of washing.

Do laundry pods remove stains?

Yes, laundry pods can help remove stains from your laundry. If you are regularly washing laundry items with stains make sure you purchase laundry pods that have extra stain-removing ingredients.


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