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Black stuff in washing machine

Can you please tell me what I must do to get black gungy stuff out of my washing machine. We have run it on the hot cycle about 3 times, and still the little pieces of black bits keep coming back. They are not smelly, but seems to be something made up of dirt from the washing. It is a Samsung Toploader SW61ASP

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  • rsabv Feb 06, 2008

    Yes, I have the same problem with my samsung toploader. There are black bits that I have to shake off the clothing after every wash. I don't know what it is or where it comes from.

  • ptm82 Feb 08, 2008

    I also have the same problem, the stuf also tints my wash especially whites.

  • neurotic Apr 06, 2008

    I'm having the same problem ... what is the napisan & vinegar solution ?

  • jackwangxp Jan 13, 2009

    Same here. Black material in the tub. However, I had a close look at it and it feels like rubber, thin rubber films. Hope it's not the belt...

  • mouse1553
    mouse1553 Oct 21, 2012

    bloody disgusting stuff, but yes me too what is up with all this black stuff its not good having dirt coming up from the bottom of your machine who makes **** like this...totally sick of it help please!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    My washing is coming out with black dirt on it. I can pick it off so it's not from before it went in the machine. It's sludge like

  • Nicola Wilson
    Nicola Wilson May 18, 2014

    Hi me too and I have the same machine. It was recently called back due to electrical faults. They replaced it with another one. And now I have this problem. The old machine didn't do this. I have never seem this before!!



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You need to clean the filter out (look in your machine - it's on the side of the tub) then run a wash with a cup of vinegar in it (or on soak with napisan or something like that in it). It's just gunk build up.

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    Samantha Tellier Dec 19, 2013

    I dont see any filter in mine, I have a samsung front loader washing machine, and when I open the door I dont see any other door inside of the washer.....


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I ran a hot wash, full cycle and added Domestos to the water. This really loosened it. It is less now and machine looks and smells alot cleaner. I have just run a wash containing CLR which I purchased in the supermarket cleaning isle - it is a scale remover. I followed the directions on the bottle for washing machines. Machine looks even better now. There are less gunky bits (virtually none in fact) in the barrel and I am hoping next wash will see virtually none on my washing! The black stuff is really revolting and I agree it is alot like very thin rubber but I am quite sure it is buildup. I have been using lots of fabric softener and this is when my probs began! I am going to cease using it altogether!

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

  • superstarjod Feb 10, 2010

    Hi again! Just an update on using 'CLR' in my machine! I am thrilled to report all the scale in the filter producing the black leafy stuff has disappeared! I ran a wash on the cold cycle and poured about a cup of CLR (grey square bottle of scale remover available from Safeway cleaning section or hardware stores) into the full wash load. I ran the load as normal and when finished my machine looked so much better! I could see inside a tiny **** in the lint filter and it was grey again instead of black! When I ran a normal washing load through today there was not a single speck of the stuff on anything! Very Happy! My machine is a top loader LG Fuzzy Logic 7.5kilo. I am going to do this from now on every 3 months to prevent it again. It is only a 5 year old machine. All of these probs began when I started using fabric softeners in every load so I am going to cease using the stuff from here on! I was so worried my machine was dying - I have 5 kids under 9 so the machine is a very necessary and important part of day to day life!

    CLR is brilliant for this remedy and at $12 a bottle, it's alot cheaper than a tradesman! There are instructions on the back of the bottle for washing machine cleaning. Goodluck!


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I have this problem too and my machine is only 10 months old. Phoned Samsung and they say it is a build up from the fabric softner and was told to fill my machine with hot water and then put citric acid in the machine over night. They say I have to do this several times before it will be fully cleared.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

Thanks. We got really desperate and ran a very hot wash about 5 times, and finally got rid of it. I will remember the vinegar and Napisan trick if it ever happens again.

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