My washing machine is making my clothes dirty

The washing machine is the appliance we run on most days and depend on completely. This workaholic machine tackles the job of cleaning our laundry, from dirty jeans, mud stained uniforms, bed linen to wet towels and delicate garments.

Over days of use, the washing machine drum may collect greasy residue from the wash loads and this may leave stains or marks on your washed garments. These unpleasant marks that are sometimes left on clothes after a wash-spin cycle can be caused by ‘scrud’.  Scrud is a waxy build-up of fabric softener or detergent in the drum of the washing machine. It is more likely to build up if you only wash in cold water, and moreso if you don’t use enough detergent.
Another source of stains could be the fabric softener clinging to greasy spots on your clothes. To solve this problem, reduce the amount of fabric softener that you use or try not to pack too many clothes in each load. The fabric softener needs to disburse evenly over clothes to work properly, so experiment to find out the correct load size and amount of additive that will result in the desired amount of softness without any spots.
Closely study the stains and if you see that they are reddish then, it might be rust formed in the metallic body or the drum of your washing machine. There’s nothing much you can do about it other than replace the part or the machine itself. Many OEM’s offer drum replacement though it may be a tad expensive.

 To eliminate those measly stains, try the following:

  • Run an empty cycle with just hot water and vinegar.
  • Use fabric softeners sparingly, or better yet not at all.
  • Clean your washing machine’s dispensers & lint bags regularly, and
  • Wash your whites in hot water with a good detergent. Not only will this help keep scrud at bay, it also helps your clothes retain their whiteness.


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