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
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.
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!
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.
I have an older top load Maytag washer and bought some Zep CLR, ran it once with hot water. Got some out, so I took off the fabric softener dispenser in the middle and discovered the tube was full of black stuff. Poured CLR in tube and used a long bottle brush and it took care of it. Might start using more Bounce for fabric softener.
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Fill your machine with hot water (if you only have cold water connected, then add hot water with a bucket) until the machine is filled to the top mark. Add a cup of dishwasher powder and stir it to dissolve. You can also let you machine run a short while, but be carefull that the water is not pumped out. Turn the machine off and let it stand overnight. Then turn it on the next morning and let it wash a complete cycle. You don't have to let the rinse part of the cycle complete. Just turn the machine off when the first water has been pumped out.
What this does: The machine builds of a residue between the drum and outer housing which is not removed in the normal wash cycle, especially if you don't wash with hot water. LG recommends that the machine is cleaned in the above way once "fluff" or black residue is starting to show in clothes after washing.
The black stuff is called "Scrud".
It builds up over time from a combination of washing detergent and fabric softener.
Reach your hand down the middle of the agitator (middle pole) after removing the cap. There is a plastic wing nut that you can undo with your hand. The agitator can then be lifted out.
The other easy solution is dumping half a box of epsom salts in there (usually in the bath/ medical isle of the supermarket), run the machine empty, on HOT, Full load so that it fills all the way. Usually this cleans most of it out.
A more regular empty hot wash will prevent build up in the future.
Use a s.o.s pad to remove mold there will still be staining but it will gey the bulk of.Now to get rid of the smell ( this has been a mixture I have used for about ten yers works every time) put the washer on hot heavy wash start when done filling drain what you want to do is make sure the water is the hottest it can be. now start washer again on hot wash when you see water in bottom of tub stop machine to open door ADD two cups of dish washing power( brand does not matter I tell most people to buy cheap stuff at walmart) start machine let it run till you see powder disolve then stop washer and add 1 cup bleach. let unit go through complete cycle..If your washer has a clean cycle use that instead of the heavy or normal cycle. The most I ever had to do this treatment was 2 cycles and it worked every time.Note all front load washers the door must be left open to pervent odor/bellows should be wiped clean after each use/and a good cleaning at least once a month. anyhow if this helped please vote if you need more help please ask
This is a common problem on washing machines, if you predominantly do cold washes.
Over a period of time, a washing machine will accumulate a buildup of Soap Scum (excess soap & softener residue) which can stick to the inside of the drum.
This black coloured soap scum occasionally breaks away from the drum, and attaches to the clothing fabric during the wash cycle.
You can rectify this, by doing the following:
Firstly, purchase a packet of CITRIC ACID from your local grocery store (usually found in the baking isle).
Do the following procedure before going to bed:
1) Do a HOT WASH without clothes (Hi water level, with HOT water) - allow machine to fill with hot water, then add the CITRIC ACID to the water. Allow the machine to complete a FULL wash cycle (i.e. allow machine to agitate for 30 mins or so, then drain).
2) Fill the machine again with the HOT water / CITRIC ACID solution, but this time allow it to sit in the bowl overnight (no cycle).
3) Next morning, set machine to spin & drain (i.e. to empty the solution)
4) Set machine to fill with FRESH HOT WATER ONLY (no citric acid), then set machine to spin & drain. This will flush all remaining residue left in the bowl.
Note: Soap scum residue is caused by using excess detergent/fabric softener. Hot Water flushing should be done every 6 months.
Contrary to what the detergent manufacturers state, you should follow Samsung's instructions by using HALF the recommended detergent.
Samsung machines prefer LOW SUDS, and you may find by reducing the amount of detergent used, you may even eliminate the buildup of soap scum.
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All front loaders use very little water, they are required a cleaner to be run for a cycle some every month , some others every 3 months , cleaners are sold at most stores or hardware stores, depending where you live. Try "Washer Magic" or check the laundry section at your closest Wal mart.
Does your washer smell? Is your rubber door seal gungy too?
If so then use 1/2 cup of Washing Soda Crystals (50p for a 1kg bag from most supermarkets)
set washer to 60 degree wash and run machine for full hot cycle with no clothes in it... just the Washing Soda.
I did this with my washer which literally reeked, and my friends have since done theirs and the results are amazing...
Go and check your drain when you finish too... mine sparkles now and it was gunged up before.. I now add a desertspoon of Washing Soda to every wash.... I place it in the crease of the door seal and little by little all the mould is disappearing, even though the hot wash cleaned the gunge the black spots remained. My washer smells so clean now and no more black flecks on the clothes either... (these are loose gunge from the outer drum, right inside the works of your machine...)
Have you tried lengthening the dryer cycle or running it at a higher temp? The usual culprit for wet clothes is not running a dryer long enough or hot enough. (I remember some stand-alone dryers (coin-operated with a fixed drying time per coin) that needed two cycles to dry stuff.
I also have had issues with a bad smelling LG Tromm 2277 washer when we
leave the door closed after using it. One note on the LG site mentions
that soap/scum buildup on the washer drum can encourage mold growth.
They suggested running an empty wash load and then pause it after the
water fills and add a hot tub cleaning product (Whirl Out - I got it at
Lowe's) and restart the load. This stuff should help remove the soap
scum and limit the smelly mold growth. My washer does not smell as bad
after using it. I also have run an empty cycle with only bleach using
the very hot sanitary load setting.