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How to Remove Grease From Washer Tub

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By Candee69

My Laundry Question

My washing machine has grease and a sticky substance in it.

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A friend of mine is a mechanic. I let him do some laundry in my washing machine. I can't imagine what was on those clothes, but it left a mess. I don't know any other way to get this out of my washer. I want to remove the grease without damaging my washer tub.

Lessons Learned

  • I have used bleach, 409 spray and manual labor; scrubbing.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Having grown up with a Daddy who was a farmer and a shade tree mechanic, I know what those greasy clothes can do to a washer. To remove the grease marks that you see, spray each one with WD-40. Allow it to "work" for a few minutes and then use a non-abrasive cloth to remove the grease. You may need to do it several times.

You should also remove the agitator, if you have one, in your tub and check to be sure that there is no grease hiding under it. Once you have removed all the visible marks with WD-40, fill the tub with hot water plus one cup white vinegar and let it run through the wash cycle. You're ready to go!

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