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.
The white residue you can see is undissolved soap powder, You need to first try reducing the quantity of powder you are using, there is also a good chance that the machine has built up residue between the inner and outer drum, I'd suggest buying a washing machine cleaner and running it through the machine following the instructions on the packaging, A hot empty wash with a cup of dishwasher powder and once it fills up pausing it to soak for a while will also do the same if you cannot find a washing machine cleaner.
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...)
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.