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Old 16-10-2010, 13:14
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Sick of this problem. Every so often the washing cycle finishes and nearly every item has this dirty brown sludge type stuff on it. Any idea where it's coming from as we've to wash again and are wasting water, power and detergent? Doesn't happen every time. Is it okay to use a Finish dishwasher cleaner in a washing machine?
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:18
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Sick of this problem. Every so often the washing cycle finishes and nearly every item has this dirty brown sludge type stuff on it. Any idea where it's coming from as we've to wash again and are wasting water, power and detergent? Doesn't happen every time. Is it okay to use a Finish dishwasher cleaner in a washing machine?
Try Calgon, that might work. Sounds like the machine needs a good flush-through.
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:21
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Sick of this problem. Every so often the washing cycle finishes and nearly every item has this dirty brown sludge type stuff on it. Any idea where it's coming from as we've to wash again and are wasting water, power and detergent? Doesn't happen every time.
I had a similar problem (although it sounds like your issue is on a grander scale!). It turned out the greasy brown stuff was hiding in the recesses of the rubber seal around the door opening. I wipe it away with a cloth on a regular basis & I haven't had the problem now in months. Check that seal!
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:23
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Sick of this problem. Every so often the washing cycle finishes and nearly every item has this dirty brown sludge type stuff on it. Any idea where it's coming from as we've to wash again and are wasting water, power and detergent? Doesn't happen every time.
Had exactly the same problem & it was from the gap between the drum & the rubber seal.You can get your fingers behind the seal & clean it out with a cloth. (it is horribly yucky).
It apparently builds up because we tend to wash at lower temps these days.
It happens to us when the washer is really full & the clothes are up against the door.
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:24
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I'd have a go at running the machine empty - put it on a cycle that has a pre-wash and then a boil/hot wash cycle afterwards. Put detergent in and I would stick a bit of bleach in for good measure.

I agree with the poster above, Calgon would be good

Also - have you tried removing the drawer thingy where the washing powder/fabric softener goes in, and giving it a good clean? They can get pretty manky quickly, and I suppose its just possible that whatever is in there (if anything!) is transferring to your laundry.

HTH.
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:28
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Thanks for replies. Doesn't seem like grease and doesn't smell at all. Best I can describe it is brown thick sludge.
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:30
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Also - have you tried removing the drawer thingy where the washing powder/fabric softener goes in, and giving it a good clean? They can get pretty manky quickly, and I suppose its just possible that whatever is in there (if anything!) is transferring to your laundry.

HTH.
Yep, looked and it's not there.

Will look at the gap behind the door seal, ta. Seems to only do it when it's fuller load!
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:33
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same thing happens to me ...usually the seal around the door
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:35
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Don't put shitty nappies in the machine
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:37
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Don't put shitty nappies in the machine
We have no baby.
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:40
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Have you cleaned the filter? You should do that once a month.
At the front bottom of your machine there should be a flush square piece that you can open with a key or coin. Open that, put a towel down and open the filter.
The water that comes out will stink as it's been there a while, you might find something has been blocking it.
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Old 16-10-2010, 13:53
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Put detergent in and I would stick a bit of bleach in for good measure.
potentially bad idea , you dont want to release a cloud of chlorine
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Old 16-10-2010, 17:17
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Sick of this problem. Every so often the washing cycle finishes and nearly every item has this dirty brown sludge type stuff on it. Any idea where it's coming from as we've to wash again and are wasting water, power and detergent? Doesn't happen every time. Is it okay to use a Finish dishwasher cleaner in a washing machine?

Am I missing something here, are you using a dishwashing tablet, to wash clothes in a washing machine?????
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Old 16-10-2010, 17:41
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Am I missing something here, are you using a dishwashing tablet, to wash clothes in a washing machine?????
I think the OP just knew that you could clean a dishwasher using Finish, and wondered if it would do for washing machines. Which it probably would, but I think Calgon is safer.
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Old 16-10-2010, 17:56
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Try Calgon, that might work. Sounds like the machine needs a good flush-through.
Washing machines live longer with calgon!
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Old 16-10-2010, 18:37
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OP have you made sure your machine is level (with a spirit level) and that all the feet are securely tightened? Sometimes if a machine is not level the drum may rub too much against the rubber and you get the brown dirt on washing like you describe.
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Old 16-10-2010, 18:42
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I had a similar problem (although it sounds like your issue is on a grander scale!). It turned out the greasy brown stuff was hiding in the recesses of the rubber seal around the door opening. I wipe it away with a cloth on a regular basis & I haven't had the problem now in months. Check that seal!
That was the problem with mine too when the washing was coming out with gunge on it.

I tried cleaning it after each cycle but even that wasn't enough. In the end we got a new seal fitted and the problem has been cured!
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Old 16-10-2010, 18:49
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Put the machine on the highest setting like 90c and put a small amount of bleach in the drum without clothes of course and then let the cycle complete. Then run it again with some washing powder or what ever you use. This should clean the system out.
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Old 16-10-2010, 18:49
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This stuff is quite good:

http://www.dr-beckmann.co.uk/product...chine-cleaner/

Cleans all the crud inside the machine and you can use on the seal too.

It is easy to get. Some supermarkets sell it.
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Old 16-10-2010, 19:26
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Do you eat a lot of stuff with bananas in it?

Apparently bananas are really, really bad for dishwashers and clog up their drains. Follow all the advice about unclogging it then make sure you always thoroughly rinse anythin with banana waste on it before you put it in the machine in future.
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Old 16-10-2010, 20:03
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Calgon?

Do you know what calgon actually does?

One thing it doesn't do is clean washing machines, the second thing it doesn't do is 'makes machines last longer'.


Check this page out and the various links for some real solutions.

http://www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/module...owpage&pid=161
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Old 16-10-2010, 20:37
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Do you eat a lot of stuff with bananas in it?

Apparently bananas are really, really bad for dishwashers and clog up their drains. Follow all the advice about unclogging it then make sure you always thoroughly rinse anythin with banana waste on it before you put it in the machine in future.
OP is asking about a washing machine , not a dishwasher , read the thread
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Old 16-10-2010, 23:09
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Calgon?

Do you know what calgon actually does?

One thing it doesn't do is clean washing machines, the second thing it doesn't do is 'makes machines last longer'.


Check this page out and the various links for some real solutions.

http://www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/module...owpage&pid=161
What does calgon do then?
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Old 16-10-2010, 23:50
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Calgon is just a water softener. All it does is in cases where there is hard water, it helps prevent limescale and allows the detergent to create more suds.

The effects are minimal, where calgons manufacturers have been asked to substanciate thier claims with hard eveidence they've alway declined to show any.

Imo as an engineer of 25 years+ it's a complete waste of money and a con.

It does sweet FA for washing machines.
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Old 17-10-2010, 00:21
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Washing machines live longer with calgon!
No they fcuking don't.
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