Hello. I was recently using an oil based stain to stain my deck. I washed out the brushes and things in our slop sink in the basement. Our washing machine emptys into the slop sink. The sink got clogged with the stain and it must have backed up in to the washing machine. Now all the clothes being washed come out smelling like the stain. I have tried bleach and vinager and niether have worked. Can you please help me!
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Are they getting the oil stain from the washing machine? If so, you need to get a tech out to inspect your washing machine. If you are putting oily clothes into the washing machine hoping it will come out, it's too late, you need to pre-wash with Shout or Tide to remove oils and grease. The more you wash and dry it the deeper the stain will set. Sounds like you need to throw those clothes away.
Bring the clothes inside away from the tom cats. Find source of smell, washer or filler hose. lol, unless your cats ever have the chance to get into the washing machine it's not cat ****, but underused washing machine.
It smells moldy in mine if I don't use it for a while, if you use a lot of eco products the smell is similar to cat ****.
The best advice is the same which was already given, run vinegar through it. If you live in a hard-water area run it on a hot cycle, then it will also get rid of some of the limescale build-up.
If you have a front loader, make sure you also take out the detergent drawer and clean that with vinegar and a brush in the sink. Then empty about 0.5l of the cheapest purest vinegar you can find into the drum compartment and either run a short cycle or a hot cycle. It will stink a bit on the hot cycle, make sure the cats are nowhere near it (close the door to the laundry room and open a window in there).
You need to use a vinegar with no additives (no sugar, malt or balsamico here), the sugars in the expensive ones would damage the machine.
If you have citric acid at home you can use that as well, but it's more expensive than vinegar. Most of the washing machine cleaners in the shops have citric acid in them.
If the smell is coming from the drain in the sink, it is more likely that THERE is the problem rather than the washing machine. Washing machines deal only with 'dirty' clothes whereas sinks have all sorts of things going down them! You could have a partially blocked u-tube (not to be confused with YouTube!) in the sink because normal (changing/flowing) water in the u-tube should block smells coming from the main/foul water drainage system.
I would definitely investigate the sink! If it is not practical to remove the u-tube, use a propriatory sink cleaner ensuring that it is the right one for the job- OK for plastics or OK for metal (not chrome).
it may well be stuff from your sink drain trap syphoning back into your washing machine
sounds like you need an anti syphon valve to be connected in line with your washing machine waste water outlet
Check that hose discharge from washing Machine loops up above the minimum height as specified by the machine manufacturer and at least to the underside of the work top for an inset sink before connecting into the sink trap.
There are a lot of things to consider when trying to solve this problem. Obviously a front loader washes differently than a top loader. Top loaders tend to using a washing motion that is good for stains but wear out your clothes fast. Front loaders typically use less water and wash more gently, but in some ways still do better than top loaders. Anyway, think about any other variables that go into the laundry equation. Consider the distance the machine is from your water heater. This machine will use MUCH less water to fill than your old one, and, you know how when you turn a faucet on hot it takes a minute for the hot water to actually get there? It's the same way with your machine. If there's a sink next your washer, you should always turn on the hot water on the faucet until it gets hot right before you start the machine. The same goes for dishwashers. If there's not a sink close you can easily turn up the temperature for all hot water on your water heater, although that will use more energy.
Consider what detergent you're using. If you're using high efficiency detergent (like Tide he) maybe you should switch to your old brand. If you're using your old brand of detergent, try getting a high efficiency detergent.
This sounds like a seal problem in the base of the agitator. This seal is what keeps the water inside the machine and the grease out of the wash basin. It is not something that should be attempted to repair if you are not mechanically inclined.
To get the grease out of your clothes, use an engine de-greaser which can be bought from any automotive parts store. You just spray the de-greaser on the area where the grease is located and rub it in by hand. You will need to use lots of soap to remove the de-greaser from your clothes, and might have to wash the item twice, to get rid of the de-greaser smell from the clothes.
Note, the de-greaser will break down all oil stains and grease stains, and is an oil by-product. This has worked for me on many occasions, but I have only used it on denim jeans and cotton shirts, with excellent results.
Make sure that the drain hose is connected correctly, and that there isn't a direct run down from the sink u-bend to the washing machine. This can allow some of the dirty water running down the sink to run down the drain hose into the washing machine. A drain hose that is connected to a sink u-bend should first go up at least 3 or 4 inches high (it may need tying up) before running down to the washing machine.