Washing machine bleaching colored clothes by mistake
I have a Kenmore Elite top-loading washer that is 7 years old. We will put bleach in the bleach disperser and wash a load of whites with no problem. If we then follow that up with several loads of coloreds (without adding bleach to the dispenser), some of the coloreds in the second, third, or even fourth loads will sometimes come out with bleach spots and be ruined. It is not always the very next load that is affected, and most times it doesn't happen at all. The bleach spots are usually small and often appear in the same pattern as the holes in the tub (about 1/4 inch in diameter and about 1 inch apart). The bleach dispenser and solenoid were recently replaced. The only explanation I can come up with is that the dispenser is not releasing all of the bleach when it's suppose to, and then dumping the rest into a subsequent load. But why it creates these spots stumps me. Any guesses as to what is going on here?
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Re: Washing machine bleaching colored clothes by mistake
Thanks for the question its possible that the bleach disp is clogged and when its suppose to release the bleach some stays hehind and theres still some left over from the last load i would check that thanks the appliance doc
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IF the instructions advise against using bleach in that machine then it is probably because the bleach will affect certain parts / rubbers of the machine and will lead to costly repairs if used.. Try a bleach free soil remover like nappy-san or vanish pink in conjunction with a liquid detergent rather than a powder detergent
Run a cycle ,no clothes in, with about 3 cups/ 750 ml of bleach in it. How? put a fil a plisticbag with the bleach and set it in the washer. It will tip up when you start the cycle. You should end up with a clean washer and clean empty bag.
You should be using a HE liquid detergent. Does you machine have a dispenser for that? The detergent should go in that dispenser. You can put the powdered bleach right into the drum before you load the clothes. I am assuming this is an all fabric bleach.
Hi, I have a top loading Kenmore Elite washer (don't know model #) from
the year 2002. It has the automatic bleach dispenser. The problem is
that if someone has washed clothes with bleach sometime during the day
and someone else comes along and washes dark clothes, the clothes get
ruined with dot bleach stains. It appears that the bleach remains in
the washer. Any tips or do I need to buy a new washer? Any help would
be greatly appreciated. Thank you V.C.My problem is similar to that which VCasabona
is having. Not just dots occur but often big splotches. It may not even
be just a colored load following whites on the same day but, on
occasion, it occurs on the next laundry day, a week later with the
first load that is not the whites with bleach. Also, my wife adds the
bleach to the filled washer (old school, I guess), rather than pouring
into the dispenser. My water pressure, which is not at issue, is not
what I need to address to remedy the situation. I have noted that the
ledge that is part of the floating tub had some build-up of deposits,
some of which may have been bleach. These I've reached in with damp
cloths and removed as best I can. I've run full, empty loads through
hoping this would flush out any lingering bleach. Because the occurrences run intermittently
from infrequently to frequently I cannot be sure if any of my attempts
to remedy the problem are having any effect. I've guessed at the model
# of the Kenmore top load washer we own since Dec of 1999
Sounds like some water is remaining in the tub after the pump gets done emptying the washer. So its the pump! The Kenmore Elite is a good washer and I believe worth fixing! Unless the cost is half the price of the cost of a replacement.
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I'm sorry but the white spots will be due to bleach. It may be that there was undissolved bleach in the washer after the first load. Maybe some of it came out with the whites and lay in wait in the basket.
I doubt the makers would guarantee anything for 7 years, so no free basket or installation is likely. Seems there is a chip in the enamel and dampness / water from the previous wash days before sits there collecting iron as rust particles.
For the time being you could try rinsing the machine out before the first load. That might prevent the rust marks or reduce them.
SOME BLEACH DISPENSERS USE COLD WATER TO FLUSH THE BLEACH FROM THE CUP. CHECK THE COLD WATER FOR GOOD PRESSURE. IF THERE ISN'T GOOD PRESSURE, REMOVE THE COLD WATER HOSE FROM THE MACHINE AND CHECK THE SCREEN INSIDE THE VALVE WHERE YOU REMOVED THE HOSE. PUT THE END OF THE HOSE IN THE TUB AND TURN IT ON. CHECK FOR GOOD PRESSURE. CLEAN THE SCREEN AND RECHECK THE WATER PRESSURE AFTER REINSTALLING THE HOSE AND TURNING ON THE WATER. IF YOU STIL HAVE POOR PRESSURE REPLACE THE VALVE.