Washing Machine Leaving Black Marks on Clothes

Washing Machine Leaving Black Marks on Clothes

Washing is designed to make things clean, but sometimes the result is upsetting. The situation when the washing machine stains the laundry is familiar to many. You put your clothes or shoes in their normal form, dirty, but without stains, and you pulled out spotted shirts, T-shirts, jeans, sneakers, or sneakers from the car.

Experienced housewives can compile a whole list of the color of stains on laundry from the washing machine:

  • rusty, brown, red, orange, yellow;
  • dark oily, black, gray;
  • yellow on white things;
  • blue, light blue, purple, gray;
  • pink, red, blue, etc. (matching the color of bright washed things);
  • bleached spots or white streaks.

There are various reasons why a washing machine gets dirty. And in 70% of cases, according to the statistics of the “Toiib” workshop, she is not to blame. Let’s see what causes stains on clothes or shoes after washing.

Black oil stain on the T-shirt after washing
Pink stains on the down jacket after washing in the washing machine

White stains on jeans after washing
Yellow stains on white laundry after washing

When the washing machine has nothing to do with it

The quality of washing is influenced not only by the machine, but also by the powder, its dosage, the selected mode, the weight of the laundry, and its correct sorting before loading into the washing machine. Sometimes housewives are in a hurry or forget how to properly wash one or another clothes or shoes. As a result, after washing, stains remain on the clothes. We have collected in the table the main types of stains, the reasons why they occur, and how to fix the problems.

Type of stains Possible reason What to do
Colored spots on white or light-colored linen, the shade of some bright garments that have been washed with white. For example, pink, red, blue, etc. Things faded. Brightly dyed fabrics are often shed when washed, especially if the water temperature is high. If you put items of different colors together, then light ones can become stained with bright fabrics. Most often, red and blue fabrics stain the “neighbors”, especially if bright things are new and washed for the first time. For example, new jeans actively leave blue stains on other things after washing together. Wash items of the same color or similar shades together. Or put together dyed and dark items that won’t stain.

If you wash colored items together with light-colored laundry, then select a program with a temperature not exceeding 40 ° C.

Rusty, brown, red, orange, yellow stains after washing Rusty water in the pipes. If the water is heavily colored with rust, then yellow-brown spots may remain on light-colored items.

Rust appears either in old pipes or after repairs to the mains when the water was turned off. When turned back on, dark brown water sometimes comes out of the tap, which must be drained before using. If the machine was on a delayed start and started in such dirty water, then after washing you will find rusty spots on the things.

If the problem is regular, then install a filter on the cold water line. It is recommended to install two types of filters in old houses – coarse and fine filters.
Rusty dryer. Stains can appear not only during washing but also during drying. Especially on things that dry unfolded. Replace the dryer with a new one.
Blue, purple, gray spots on clothes or a lilac shade of light underwear Powder color corrector for washing white linen (chemical or optical brightener). It masks yellowness by settling on spots and makes things visually whiter. But when there is no yellowness, the corrector dyes the white linen in a purple or gray tone. If you overdo it with the powder or choose the wrong temperature, then the color corrector granules dissolve poorly, and spots of the corresponding shade appear.

A striking example of such a corrector is blue powder granules, similar in composition to blue. They enhance the whiteness effect, but when they do not dissolve well, they leave blue spots on things.

Choose a powder without color corrector.
White stains on clothes after washing. Particularly noticeable on black or dark clothing. They poured in a lot of powder. The dosage of the detergent should be appropriate for the weight and degree of dirtiness of the items being washed. If there is more powder than needed, it is not rinsed out to the end and leaves white spots. For example, jeans after such washing are often covered with bleached spots. Observe the dosage of the detergent.
The washing machine is overloaded with laundry. As a result, during the rinsing process, the powder remains in the folds, where water does not get well due to the tight ramming of the laundry, and after washing, white stains remain, especially noticeable on black things. Do not overload the CMA.
Yellow spots on white things Developed traces of fat. Cooking or cosmetic oils sometimes leave light stains on clothes, but after washing they become brighter and more noticeable. Fat on a white cloth “appears” from contact with hot water in the form of yellow spots. Soak greasy items before the main wash. For heavy stains, use a special grease remover. Add powder enhancers (bleaches), use bio-powders with enzymes that remove fat traces well.
White, yellow stains after washing on silk, wool, sports fabrics, down jackets, jackets, and other delicate fabrics. Unsuitable detergent. Conventional powders and liquid products are not suitable for silk, woolen, and membrane fabrics, outerwear with fillers. Powders do not rinse well and leave stains or streaks. In addition, silk and woolen items can shed and shrink when using these products. Use special detergents and the correct wash cycle at the correct temperature indicated on the label. It is recommended to wash wool and silk on a program without spinning if there is no special one for delicate fabrics.

Wash outerwear with products suitable for lint or delicate fabrics.

Additional rinsing is required (for down jackets and jackets)White spots on a jacket or down jacket after washing remain even from special products because down or synthetic winterizer is poorly rinsed 1-2 times. Rinse additionally at least twice. And also dry in the mode recommended by the manufacturer and indicated on the label of the garment.
Different spots Items accidentally get dirty after removing from the CM drum, for example during drying. Rarely, but it happens that children get dirty hands-on things. Or the hostess herself, when she takes out the laundry from the washing machine. The culprits are also pets, trampling their paws on drying clothes. Wash your hands after cooking or applying makeup, before removing laundry from the machine.

Watch out for young and four-legged assistants so that they do not touch drying things.

Washing machine stains things – causes that you can fix yourself

If, after washing, dark, gray, or black stains appear on the laundry, then the reason may be due to irregular maintenance of the machine or its absence. Because of this, it is formed:

  • dirt and mildew in the fold of the cuff,
  • mold in the powder tray,
  • dirt in the pump filter.

Dirty cuff

Dirty water gets into the fold of the rubber part and stagnates. If you do not regularly wipe the cuff dry, and even close the SM door immediately after removing the laundry, a dirty plaque quickly forms on the cuff and mold begins to grow.


Moldy tray

The detergent drawer is also in constant contact with water. If you do not take care of it and the place of installation, these parts of the machine will quickly become covered with mold. During washing, dirt and mildew will get on the items in the drum and stain the laundry with gray or black spots. In addition, clothes start to smell bad, even when using conditioner.

Dirty filter

Debris, dirt accumulates there and mold can grow. In washers with a simple drain pump, a dirty filter causes an unpleasant odor. And in models with a recirculation pump, it is also a source of stains (dirt from the filter gets directly onto the laundry in the tank when the pump is running).

Regular care of the machine helps to cope with these problems:

  • Remove the tray from the machine after each wash, rinse and dry. Also, wipe the tray niche so that there is no plaque on its walls.
  • Wipe the cuff dry after using the machine and keep the washer door open after washing.
  • Clean the pump filter regularly when caring for your machine. Wash it every time you wash wool and fluffy fabrics. If you are washing smooth natural and synthetic fabrics, it is sufficient to clean the filter once a month.
  • To prevent contamination and remove odors, every 3-6 months it is recommended to “drive” the washing machine without laundry with citric acid at a temperature of 90 degrees, as described in the article of useful tips How to Clean a Washing Machine From Dirt and Limescale in 5 steps. If you haven’t done this in a while, repeat the lemon peel twice.

When preventive cleaning does not help and stains on clothes appear after washing again, it means that there is a serious malfunction and equipment repair is needed.

Faults in which the washing machine stains the laundry

The table shows the main breakdowns that the specialists of “RemBytTech” faced during the repair, as well as the cost of their elimination.

Signs Breaking Repair or replacement
The washing machine leaves brown, rusty, orange or yellow stains on clothing. A noise or crackling noise in the drum of the typewriter that you heard a month or two ago. A metal object has fallen into the tank. When washing in the machine, the jumped bones from bras often “fly in”. As well as coins, nails, screws, nuts, bolts, hairpins, and invisibility, forgotten in the pockets of clothes. This metal rubbish settles on the bottom of the tank, rusts from moisture, and stains the water. And it leaves brown-yellow and rusty spots on things. It is necessary to get a foreign object that has fallen into the tank.

If you are “far” from the technique, then it is better to call the master.

Dark oily, black, gray spots. There may be a grinding noise or increased noise when the washing machine is running, especially when spinning. The drum oil seal is leaking. The oil seal acts as a gasket between the drum and the bearing on the shaft. It protects and seals the bearing from water. It uses grease for better sliding. Over time, the gland wears out, dries out, and loses its tightness. Water begins to flush out the grease and bring it into the tank and drum of the machine. Therefore, greasy stains appear on clothes after washing (black, gray, dark), in the form of droplets or large blots.

Leaking stuffing box also affects the bearing, which rusts and fails.

Replacement of the oil seal and bearing is required. It is better to change it in pairs at once, so as not to disassemble the car again after a while. A bearing in contact with water quickly deteriorates even after cleaning.
Dark, black, gray spots on clothes after a washing machine with a circulating pump (mainly LG, Electrolux, AEG) The recirculation pump and the pipe to the tank are dirty. If the measures for the care of the washing machine are alien to you, then dirt, similar to sewer, gradually accumulates in the pump housing and the entire circulation path. It cannot be removed even by cleaning the machine with citric acid. Through the tube through which the pump pumps water into the tank, dirt enters the drum of the machine and stains things. It is required to remove and rinse the tube from the circulation pump to the tank under the pressure of water.The pump is disassembled and washed or replaced with a new one.

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