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Why Does Front Load Washer Causes Streaks on Clothes

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By Rosemarie Allen

My Laundry Question

Since I have been using a front-loader washing machine, my clothes, particularly whites and light-colors, come out with stains which appear as brown streaks. This never happened with my top-loader washing machine, and I am wondering why. I do not use fabric softener or any additives. I use the he special detergent, and I make sure not to overload the machine. What could be the problem? Most of the time, I end up throwing the stained items back into the machine for re-washing, adding to my work load.

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I have no idea since the stains occurred during washing. They appear as brown streaks or pencil marks. Most times, they disappear if I wash them over, but sometimes they don't. I can't tell you how it happens, and that is my question.

Lessons Learned

  • I don't use any softeners or any other additives; I use only He detergent; I do not overload the machine; and, I clean the machine.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Any and all fabrics and most especially on whites and light colors.

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

I know you are frustrated with the problem. If you are sure it is coming from the washer, I think it could be one of two things - your door seal or a bad bearing. Start with the door seal, use a damp paper towel to wipe it down. If there is "dark gunk" transferred to the towel, it should be cleaned with a solution of white distilled vinegar and water (1 to 1 solution). Leave the door open to allow the seal to air dry. If the seal has cracks or looks like it is crumbling, it should be replaced.

You may also be getting a fine spray from a bearing going bad. Open the back of the washer. If you see any oil spray on the motor parts, you should call a repairman immediately.

Good luck!

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