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Oil Like Stains on dark cotton Clothes - Whirlpool duet

I get oil like spots on my dark or red or grey cotton clothes that don't come out. Whirlpool claims it not the machine. What can it be?

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  • Duet HT Mar 31, 2008

    I've been noticing that my washer is leaving oil like stains on cotton clothing. I have a 4 year old Whirlpool Duet HT. what can the problem be, and is it expensive to fix?


  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2008

    'Oil-like' spots on a few items -- the machine is barely two years old! I just did laundry and noticed one towel (fortunately, an old one) that looks terrible!

  • baz777 Jul 19, 2008

    We're getting dark spot stains on our baby's clothes (VERY visibly ruining white and pink outfits) ... our machines are about a year and a half old ...

  • e_cockerham Jul 21, 2008

    I have tiny oil like specs on light colored laundry-probably on all but can't see them on dark items, and machine does seem to make more noise than normal

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    I have dark oily spots on red and dark clothing, I think it is on the white clothing too. if I hold white clothing up to the light I can see that it looks darker. whirlpool claims it is not the washer and I asked if they had any other complaints about this and they lied and said no. It makes you wonder if they are not truthful about this what else are they covering up. I hate this washer and dryer, I have had clothes with tiny holes in them. I got the warranty and it was the best money spent , I have had repairmen out at least 7 times.

  • meaghanverri Aug 14, 2008

    I too have been noticing that my washer is leaving oil like stains (black & gray colored spits) on cotton clothing. I have a 3 year old Whirlpool Duet. I replaced water filters for my home and that didn't fix it. It's on baby clothes and my clothes. THESE STAINS DON"T SOME OUT!! Ruining my wardrobe. It's not on every single load, but happening more often than not. HELP!!

  • Anonymous Aug 19, 2008

    I have been getting spots all over our clothes since I have had the machine.  I really miss my top load Maytag which cleaned my clothes quickly.  I never use to think about laundry nor did I spend so much time doing laundry as I do now.  I have never used so much product.. Shout.. to remove these inexplicable stains.  I also don't think it is efficient if every week I have to run a load with Shout sprayed all over the stains through the soak phase and then rewashed only to find that some spots will not come out.  Clothes have been ruined.  I had a $200 set of sheets ruined with bleach spots when I never even ran bleach though the load.  I hate this machine.  I have had someone come out 4 times for this.  Noone seems to know what the problem is and none wants to be accountable for the product either.  I am not sold on the fact that these front loaders are more efficient. I spend more time doing laundry, I use more product than ever, and I have to rewash clothes often.   What a rip off!!

  • dkanderso641 Aug 31, 2008

    My 6 month old Whirlpool Duet is putting oil spots on my clothes and they won't come out. It has ruined a brand new king comforter. I am so upset.

  • drchiro952 Sep 06, 2008

    6 year old duet. We just noticed that our brand new cloth diapers($17/diaper) have little tiny brown spots on them. Never noticed this on any other clothes but we also have never used the Sanitary cycle until now. The machine has only done about 8 loads of laundry per month and was even used less than that up until 4 years ago. Not sure if it's the washer doing this or the dryer....?

  • Anonymous Sep 13, 2008

    I too have greasy like stains on my dark clothing. Notice it mostly on navys and reds. Usually comes out by rewashing with Shout sprayed on spots, but not always. I wonder if it is because of the amount of water used...hardly any.

  • randyjtammy Sep 16, 2008

    i have an igles related to whirlpool washer. I have smeared grease spots on only my light clothes. Never notice it on the dark clothes.. Some times I dont have any. A real puzzle. Shout it out works and so does that bottles of good stuff from family dollar that I cant rememvber the name right

    now. Light gold liquid that you can use on anything. It is a real pain as you have to rinse that clothes again.

  • whirlpooloil Mar 24, 2009

    I just pulled the whites out of my 4 month old whirlpool duet washer and there were dark stains all over the towels. I looked in the dryer and my light colored sheets that were previously washed have dark oil looking spots all over them also! Googled Oil Spots on Clothes and up came multiple sites of with people with this same problem. Whirlpool better take notice and fix this problem, as there is a obvious flaw with this machine as evident through the multiple posts. Not much a 2 year extended warranty does if it ruins $200 worth of clothes each time I use it. Don't Ever Buy This Machine!! My previous $300 washer worked for Ten years, this one lasted four months for $1200!!

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same problem in that I find greasy stains on my dark clothes. What is causing this?

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    We have had so many clothes, sheets, and towels ruined. It is so disappointing as our machine is only a couple years old. We've had technicians out several times to no avail. We've tried bleach, hydrogen peroxide, cleaner made specifically for these machines that the technician ordered for us, vinegar, and Cascade. We've probably run the machine at least 100 times with no clothes. So much for water conservation! Any other suggestions? I will never buy Whirlpool again.

  • jessica319 May 07, 2009

    I hate this washer. I have had this problem for a year. I bought new white towels and sheets around the time i bought the new washer and dryer and it ruined EVERYTHING. It spits oil like brownish stains when I use the hot cycles. The repair guy said it was that I was using too much detergent. But I do NOT use too much. I use very little. I have switched detergents and tried all that i know. One thing that might work that I am going to try now is to use a little bit of Jet Dry that you would use in the dishwasher. Would anybody like to start a lawsuit?

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    I also have this problem plus now the bleach dispencer lets

    bleach run out as fast as its added

  • sprintcarmom May 15, 2009

    YES!! I am having the same problem with a 2 MONTH old machine... service man to come tomorrow... hopefully something is found wrong.... otherwise Whirlpool will be next to get a call and hopefully figure something out. I have ruined 4 new white shirts with what appears to be oil stains... do not want to even try and wash scared to!!

  • cleanfan May 20, 2009

    I began to find pinhead-size dark spots or balls on some of my white clothes about a year ago. My Duet is almost 3 years old. Right after I remove the clothes from the washer, I am able to pick some the balls off the fabric and squish them bewteen my fingers, and wind up with a brown oily substance. If I can't pick them off, I use a wet cloth to wipe them off. So far, I'm able to get all the spots off, but it is a real pain to have to carefully examine each item. I read about mold in front loaders, but this stuff doesn't smell. I am diligent about leaving the washer door open when it isn't in use. It really seems lilke oil, but we can't figure where it would be coming from.

  • woodyde May 22, 2009

    I am getting oil like spots on cotton clothes. Usually spraying the spots with Shout and rewashing them gets the spots out, but it's really frustrating!

  • lmedecke
    lmedecke Jan 30, 2013

    I am very upset with a washer made for Sears by Whirlpool. It has been greying my clothes for montsh and they just keep puttint new parts on it. Yet they say the same part must be replace for at lease three times and then the fourth time it must not work either. Yet they don't know the cause. And i have a stainless steel tub.

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    lmedecke Jan 30, 2013

    least is the typo.

  • Catherine Monaghan Jul 07, 2013

    my whirlpool american top load washer is leaving brown stains on mostlry black clothing....once there the stain cannot be removed. It looks as though it has taken the colour out of the fabric in small patches....looks like a few people are having the same problem. any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated

  • Rusty Hazelrigg Sep 19, 2013

    Our Whirpool Cabrio Platinum washer is leaving the same stains. Doesn't matter if whites or darks. The units are less than a year old. Not a happy customer!

  • Marina
    Marina Oct 06, 2014

    Mywhirlpool 7MWTW1808A leaves vertical black spots after the last cycle. Technicians had come but cannot fix it. Pls help!

  • Diane Obie
    Diane Obie Oct 29, 2014

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Problem Solved !!!
Ok, I had to stop and tell everyone about my latest experience. When we moved here we bought the nice Whirlpool front load washer and dryer set. I Love them....still don't understand how my clothes get clean with so little water, but love them. ..................That is until lately. I was really upset about a total of 4 white blouses that looked to have some kind of light splattered stains on them after washing. I would try to wash them again with a stain remover sprayed or scrubbed on the spots, but they wouldn't come clean. I gave up and considered the blouses ruined. I told William what was happening and he called the repair man out because he thought it might be some kind of part in the machine that was leaking oil onto the clothes when they were washing. The guy came out and told William that there wasn't anything that could go into the washer tub and get onto the clothes. He then looked around in the washer and at the little detergent dispenser drawer. He suggested that we use 1 cup of Clorox and 1/4 cup of dish washer detergent (cascade with dawn degreaser crystals) on a hot to medium water temperature and turn it on a complete wash cycle to make sure that we didn't have mold and mildew setting up in our machine. After he left, I proceeded to do what he told us. I though.....the blouses are probably ruined anyway. I had tried to get out all the spots to no avail, so what the heck......I threw them into the mix too! Would you believe they came out clean, very bright white (instead of yellowed or dingy from continued wear) and the washer smells as sweet as it did when it was new. Why didn't they tell me about this when I bought it ??????????? I plan on putting the detergent mix in the washer every couple of months and throwing in all the whites that I can find to take advantage of the cleaning effect on the whites. (I thought that maybe some of you had gotten stains on white clothes that you would like to get out too)

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I just wanted to let people know that are having this similar problem, with the oil like stains on clothing, after 4 weeks the parts and repair man came with a new drum assembly for my washer and the bearing was definetly out and that is what was causing the oil on my clothing....and thiS washer was only 2 months old... so it does happen!!

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I think I may have a similar problem that I have fixed once and now it has returned. I have a Gas dryer that has been marking up our clothing with brown streaks that don't come out. I changed the entire dryer drum and the problem went away. Apparently the gasket(felt) breaks down with heat and the adhesive that holds it in place steaks clothing. It really shows up on whites. I thought it was the washer for a long time and finally found it. Whirlpool said- you are using too much softener or the inside of the machine was dirty.
Anyway, we changed the drum of the dryer and the problem was solved immediately. After about a year of use the problem is now back! My wife hates these machines and I agree. I would NEVER purchase their product again. very disappointing product and really disappointing support from Whirlpool.

Check the felt liner inside your dryer/drum! I think you may find your problem.

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Spots on Clothes

  • Chemical reaction between fabric softener and detergent. Test by handwashing a spotted garment in warm soapy water. If the spots come off, they were caused by fabric softener/detergent interaction.
  • Transmission oil leaked back into the tub. Test by applying solvent to a section of a spotted garment. If the spots come off only with solvent but not with soap and water, then they are oil spots. If the washer is a GE/Hotpoint, transmission will need to be replaced.

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CAN'T STAND whirlpool. We bought a duet 6 months ago and it has been leaving oil like stains on dark cotton clothing. PC Richard has sent 3 technicians and whirlpool 2 techs and no one has been able to telI l us what the problem is. Whirlpools customer service is the WORST I have ever dealt with. They are refusing to replace the washer but have been unable to fix it saying that they cannot prove that it's their washer that is causing the problem. In the mean time I've ruined numerous items of clothing. I won't EVER buy a whirlpool product again.

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  • Ellen 124 Aug 27, 2010

    I have a Bosch front loading machine and get the same oily-like stains. We thought it was our newly installed city water as I didn't have this problem with well water. I have tried every type and brand of detergent nd still get them. We had an independent lab study done and it shows that the stain is a 99.9% match to cottonseed oil? This is my 3rd washing machine (a whole other story) and I STILL get the stains?????

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    lmedecke Jan 30, 2013

    I won't either. The washer has been putting grey blotches on all of my clothes for several months. And all the parts have been replaced. I was hoping that after at least six parts were replace, including the control board, that all would be solved. However, new items have been totally masked in grey.


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I have the same problem with my Whirlpool Dryer. Streaks of oil stains across our clothing. I can hear the bearing rattling around in the back of the unit and the felt is come off at the back of the unit. The unit is 4 months out of warranty and the best Whirlpool will offer is free parts, labor I still be required to pay. I also cited this website to them and they said it is just a very small percentage of customers that experience this issue or they'd have done a recall. At this point I may just replace the unit with another vendor.

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Can you fix the drum bearings yourself? We've had multiple items ruined and, like the others, our machine is only a couple of years old. Thanks.

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Wnen oil spots show up on clothes, its the drum bearings going!

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  • eamonn close Dec 08, 2007

    I forgot to ask was the machine noisey?

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    Drum bearings on the washer or the dryer?


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