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#1 Aruneh

Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:14 PM


My washing machine has this disgusting black stuff in it, kind of like black leaves or black bits of broken leaves.
Its not leaves though.. anyone know what it is?

I tried a baking soda and vinegar hot wash + 4 extra hot washes.
Each time more & more black stuff comes out from somewhere.

We bought this machine from someone so i dont know if they used to clean it & how etc & cant ask because they moved overseas.

Anyone know how to get rid of the black stuff all in one wash?

I have huge pile of washing to do, which im not doing until i sort out this problem.

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#2 Guest_cathode_*

Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:17 PM

It's black mould ... have a look at this link for more about it and what to do about it original.gif
Washing machine smells - causes of grease, slime and black mould inside washing machines - http://www.washerhelp.co.uk/usage_2.html#cl_q1

Edited by cathode, 07 March 2010 - 02:39 PM.

#3 MSPhoto2011

Posted 07 March 2010 - 02:33 PM

You can have someone come out and clean it we have a FP machine and in the eight years we have it have done this once before. They also recommend finish washing powder ( not tablets) on a hot wash once a fortnight to stop build up. It is not just mould like a PP suggested it is also grease and dirt that is why it sticks to the inside of the bowl.

#4 tinkster23

Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:01 PM

I'm pretty sure its called scrud

Fabric softener is a big contributor.

I would have thought the vinegar and hot wash would have fixed it sorry

#5 Wut??

Posted 07 March 2010 - 06:11 PM

there's no bits of rubber coming off anywhere is there?

#6 Babybear

Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:35 PM

Just going by the title - I was going to suggest gearbox grease. We have had this issue with a very old machine when it was time to "retire" it.

But if your black stuff is more like leaves than greasy marks actually on the clothes - the it is probably more likely that it is mould as suggested earlier.

#7 Trollydolly

Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:41 PM

Ours was grease too, and it wouldnt come off clothes or the machine without hot soapy water and a scrubbing brush.

You do realise you have to clean your washing machine filter out don't you? I only say this because I didn't realise you had to and found a lovely build up of disgusting black stuff in there  rolleyes.gif

#8 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:44 PM

I can't find my washing machine filter sad.gif  I know there has to be one, i just have No Idea where it might be.  There are no pockets or drawers in the backs or sides and the middle of the rotater thing just goes into a hollow nothingness sad.gif

#9 squishyraspberry

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:00 PM

QUOTE (Lillijen @ 07/03/2010, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can't find my washing machine filter sad.gif  I know there has to be one, i just have No Idea where it might be.  There are no pockets or drawers in the backs or sides and the middle of the rotater thing just goes into a hollow nothingness sad.gif

what kind of machine is it?
brand etc? model???

#10 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:03 PM

it's a white one, top loader Tounge1.gif  I think a F&P

I'd check but i have an outside laundry and i don't fancy getting rained on

Edited by Lillijen, 07 March 2010 - 08:04 PM.

#11 Trollydolly

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:05 PM

The filters for top loaders are usually in that middle rotator, you have to take the top bit off and you should find it in there.

#12 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:06 PM

QUOTE (rubymay @ 07/03/2010, 08:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The filters for top loaders are usually in that middle rotator, you have to take the top bit off and you should find it in there.

I've taken it off and rinsed the top bit a few times because it collects hair, but it's not actually a filter.  And i can't see one down the hole.

#13 Chelara

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:07 PM

it could well be missing if the centre part is a 'hollow nothingness'.

#14 Leanne70

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:11 PM

Sounds like Scrud to me too.  I am pretty sure Scrud is a buildup of both washing detergent and fabric softener.  My machine gets it too, not sure if there is another way but I take the bit in the middle of the bowl apart and scrap it all out - it is gross and sticky and you will never get all of it but it makes you feel better.  Mind you I am probably no help I like gross things lol.

Did you get the manual with your machine?  Mine (it is a F&P too) even mentions Scrud and that you should clean it.

Good luck

#15 squishyraspberry

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:13 PM

some of the newer F & P's do not have filters.. this was one turn off I had about them when shopping for a new one.

I suggest that tomorrow you go and check out the model details on your machine and then google etc...

#16 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:16 PM

So far it hasn't caused any issues, since i don't use softener, but I just feel like something's missing.  THis machine would only be about 5 years old, so maybe it doesn't have one original.gif

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