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When I warsh clothes lint get all aver my clothes.

When I warsh my clothes lint gets all over my clothes. Where is the lint filter and how do I remove it?

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  • patsydressle Jul 04, 2010

    No, I am still have lint problems and can't remove the agitator. Where is the 1/2" screw that holds the agitator?

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Thanks for using FixYa. You have not mentioned about the make and model number of Washing Machine. However, I am providing you the solution for both front load and top load washers.

Check down the edge of the door seal, see if there is a lot of "gunk" there, this would cause grey marks on laundry. If it is a front load washer then try these steps--

You'll have to do a few maintenance washes to clear it out of the tub. Try these steps to remove the dirt, debris and odor from the washer—

  1. Set your machine to 60 degree wash.
  2. Now add 1/2 a cup of Washing Soda or 4 cups of baking soda Crystals and run the machine with no clothes in it.
  3. Your drain will sparkle, and it will remove all the debris, lint & mold growth from the drain pump and drain filter. Also the mold from the door seal will be cleared
  4. Add 1 desert spoonful of Washing Soda to every wash... I sprinkle it along the crease in the door seal.
  5. Clean the fabric softener cup with a rag first, (bleach will not break up fabric softener as it is introduced in the rinse cycle with the fabric softener.
  6. Also check the drain hose, it should not be clogged.
And, if it’s a top load washer then try these steps—

Remove the dispenser and spray with white vinegar. Then spray the agitator with it too. You can pretty much wipe it right out. Vinegar dissolves softener very quickly. The dispenser just wash out with warm water after the vinegar sits on it for a minute, and you hardly have to wipe at it at all. Try adding bleach to the dispenser and clean it with a small brush.

The dispenser will pull off from the agitator and you can run hot water in it from the sink. The agitator is not as easy but has a 1/2" bolt holding it to the shaft. Remove the bolt and pull up. But you can clean the whole washer with a cup of bleach and that will also clean the agitator. Now run a full tub of hot water and then add a cup of bleach with no soap. After the washer has filled up, then add another gallon of hot water and that will help to rinse out the residues that cause odors. Then after that don’t use too much soap and you won’t have residue build up. Only use the smallest amount of soap that the cup has marked in it.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


Thanks
Rylee

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

  • patsydressle Jul 04, 2010

    I have a Kenmore Heavy Duty Series 80 Warsher. The odor is not the problem. There is heavy lint all over the close. Where is the 1/2 screw to remove the atitagor?

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