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Dark Grease stains on my Kenmore Front Loading washer

The clothes have dark grease stains that stretch out in long lines. I can wash them out by hand. We removed a whole bunch of gunk on the rubber around the door, hoping that would fix the problem, but it still persists. Is wiered, sometimes no issues, and all of a sudden, an etire load is ruined with tons of stains. It seems only the outside clothes that were nearest the metal drum during the spin cycle that get the worst.

Help ! I have the same problem; can't tell if the spots are grease or mold.
My washing machine is about 4yrs old. It has been getting louder too.
I find if I cut short the spin dry I can minimize the staining.
Sometimes the spot patterns are dots that match the size of the holes in the tub, but sometimes I just get streaks.
I am now washing with bleach (no clothes) once a week to see if it cleans it out.
It is not an Elite machine. Its stackable.

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  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    THANK GOD - I am having the same problem. Tried everything to isolate the issue but to no avail.If anyone at least knows how to get the stains out that would make my year!!!!

  • Lou Dec 21, 2008

    We have the same problem. We get a dark grey or black streek like mark on our clothes, sheets and pillowcases. We can't get the stain out.

    We have a top loading, GE Select 7Cycle Super Capacity Washer.

    Does any one have a solution to this?


  • jamesbionicl Feb 27, 2009

    same problem, thick grease/oil-like stains. difficult to get out on whites. we also checked and cleaned the rubber on the door, but the problem still persists. we also ran an empty load with clorox and soap, but we are still getting the dark stains. any help would be appreciated.

  • MMcCloud Mar 17, 2009

    I have dark stains on my clothes (which appear to be in coordination with the holes in the drum??). Now washer quit spinning out the water. I took the back panel off and it appears as though the dark substance is coming from the bearing..

  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    same problem but i heard that the hot water hose breaks down over time and leaves black greasy stains on clothes. i am going to replace the hoses and see what happens

  • Barbara Wilson
    Barbara Wilson Oct 12, 2013

    I have the same problem. I bought the sears front loader in 2010 and it's ruined half my clothes. I have had sears come out and they can't tell me where the problem iws. I will never buy a Sears Front Loader again. A lot of my clothes and my husbands are ruined. I have the Sears front loader Model number 40272900.

  • Libby Hagen
    Libby Hagen Jun 28, 2014

    Mine is doing the same. does anyone have updates on this?

  • Libby Hagen
    Libby Hagen Jun 28, 2014

    Barbara Will!son, this is just a Whirlpool machine w/Sears name on it.



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