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Old 12-29-2011, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Default Dirt (lint?) left on clothes after washing them in Kenmore washer - why?

I have an older Kenmore washer (model 110.20872990) and up until recently it has been working just perfectly.

A few months ago I accidentally left a large nail in my pocket and it went through the wash. It was small enough to lodge itself in one of the drain holes in the tub/drum, but too large to go all the way through. The spinning tub/drum made an awful noise, and that's how the nail was discovered (unfortunately it was a few loads later when I couldn't stand the sound anymore and investigated, and I found the stuck nail). The noise was created by the end of the nail hitting something under the tub/drum. All was well once the nail was removed and the sound was gone.

A month or so ago the tub/drum started making a terrible banging noise as it slowed down from the spin cycle. No odd noise during the spin -- just as it was stopping the spin. It was not the same kind of bang heard when the load is imbalanced.

Last night I realized that the banging noise was gone, but what I found was dirt left in dots and smudges on all the clothes. I ran three more full cycles with different water levels and temperatures, agitator speeds, amount of clothes, and in the last cycle I used Oxy-Clean and hot water. The dirt was still there.

My manual is useless and a google search gave me nothing. I suspect that the self-maintaining lint filter under the tub/drum many be the culprit, but I don't know.

So, 1) does anyone have any ideas why there's dirt (or lint?) left on my clothes? and 2) if it's the self-maintaining filter under the tub/drum, how the heck do I get to it?
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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Try running the machine on the highest water fill level with hot water and 2 or 3 cups of bleach. See if that helps any.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Try running the machine on the highest water fill level with hot water and 2 or 3 cups of bleach. See if that helps any.
I'll try the bleach since Oxy-Clean did nothing.

Wondering if anyone has used baking soda and vinegar in a clothes washer? I have done that in a dishwasher. Line of thinking is the so-called self-maintaining lint filter is clogged so that the lint/dirt isn't being drained out as it's supposed to and seeping its way back into the tub/drum.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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I'll try the bleach since Oxy-Clean did nothing.

Wondering if anyone has used baking soda and vinegar in a clothes washer? I have done that in a dishwasher. Line of thinking is the so-called self-maintaining lint filter is clogged so that the lint/dirt isn't being drained out as it's supposed to and seeping its way back into the tub/drum.
I am going to guess it is mold build up on the outside of the drum and if you don't use bleach on a regular basis, say for cleaning white clothing, it can get pretty gunky. When your machine went off balance, it probably dislodged a bunch of that gunk. Oxyclean won't touch that. Also, use less soap when you wash clothing and you won't get as much build up.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I am going to guess it is mold build up on the outside of the drum and if you don't use bleach on a regular basis, say for cleaning white clothing, it can get pretty gunky. When your machine went off balance, it probably dislodged a bunch of that gunk. Oxyclean won't touch that. Also, use less soap when you wash clothing and you won't get as much build up.
golfgal -- used your suggestion. We also checked the "in" water lines and the "out" drain pipe. There was some silt (?) on the hot water line filter which we cleaned off. After doing that and reconnecting, we ran a load with bleach. No more dirt left on clothes.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:12 AM
 
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golfgal -- used your suggestion. We also checked the "in" water lines and the "out" drain pipe. There was some silt (?) on the hot water line filter which we cleaned off. After doing that and reconnecting, we ran a load with bleach. No more dirt left on clothes.
Glad I could help. I would run a load of white cottons that you can bleach through your washer on a regular basis to keep the lines/washer clean.
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