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Slimy - stinky - brown residue on my clothes after wash

I think I've had my GE washer for a couple of years - no problems. All of a sudden I'm getting a brown-slimy-smelling residue on my clothes. It seems to be worse during the hot cycle. Any ideas? I also re-washed them in cold using bleach and could not get the gunk off my laundry. I also notice a brown ring on the walls of the drum.

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  • denisehensle Sep 04, 2009

    Really, that makes sense. I'll look into that as well. I have no idea how old it is, and I'm just trying to figure out "what-kind" of repair person to call. My husband is pretty hand around the house, but the washer thing has us both baffled.

    Thanks for the tip - I'll pass it along to him.

  • denisehensle Sep 04, 2009

    I just read your reply to my husband, it makes clear sense to him as well. He will check those hoses tomorrow, and hopefully I won't be visiting SEARS APPLIANCE STORE this holiday weekend.

    Thanks again. You know, regardless of the outcome of our situation, I will for sure tell all of my friends about contacting you, and how quickly and positively you responded to our problem.

  • boredsox1918 May 11, 2010

    How old is your water heater? Or, how do you heat your water? It could be a sign the water heater is going


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Check the water inlet valve/ Remove the water supply hoses and check the small screens inside the water inlet valve. Make sure they are free of rust or debris. The small screens tend to get rusty due to elements in the water and can cause the type situation you describe. I will attach a photo for reference. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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    Bruce Canfield Sep 04, 2009

    Pay particular attention to the hot water side, since you say the situation seems to worsen when using hot water. Best wishes.

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    Bruce Canfield Sep 04, 2009

    Thanks for the kind words and I hope you remedied your situation. Best wishes.


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