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There are black particles on my washing at the end of the washing cycle.

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Sounds like the inlet valve for the washer needs cleaning. Unscrew hose from washer and clean strainer.
If you add fabric softener to the dispenser undiluted, the gunk which builds up over time will do that as well.

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