Washing Machine Causing Stains? HELP!

Updated on March 05, 2013
K.C. asks from Irvine, CA
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Help! I think the washing machine is actually causing stains on my clothes. Often times, I put a shirt into the wash and it comes out with a dark spot on it that wasn't there before. It looks like it's wet (as if someone had spilled water), but it's dry and it's permanent. I cannot understand how or why they appear and have never been able to get them out once they are there.

We have a Samsung front-loading HE washer. I use a detergent called "Charlie's Soap" that is made for HE machines and I use the recommended amount. Sometimes, I will add a small scoop of OxiClean Free to the load as well, but not always.

Any words of advice? I'm getting really frustrated with these big stains on the clothes!

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answers from Portland on

This sounds like an oily stain. It could be from your detergent. I'm not familiar with Charlies Soap but if it has a fat base which is what a soap has I suggest it's the detergent. Fabric softeners can also leave oily spots.

I don't think there is any way for the machine to leak oil into the drum.

I googled Charlies Soap and found it's made of coconut and mineral oils. http://www.charliesoap.com/faq.html#one

I'd try using a regular detergent and see if that helps.

To get rid of the oil spots rub with Dawn dishwashing detergent and rewash. I've also been able to get rid of them with a prewash stain removal spray.

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answers from Grand Forks on

I agree with Marda. I used to get these spots from my liquid fabric softener when I used the Downy ball in my op loader. I would treat them with dish soap and rewash, but it was really annoying. Try a different detergent.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I had the same problem. Something in your washer is leaking oil. Have a repairman check it out.



answers from Los Angeles on

Are you sure the stains are coming from the washer? I used to get those oily-type stains on polyester blouses, and discovered that they were caused by fabric softening sheets in the dryer.



answers from Las Vegas on

Do you have an automatic fabric softener dispenser? A softener build-up on the dispenser can result in spots on your clothes. Clean the dispenser frequently. However, these spots usually come out when relaundered, so if your spots aren't coming out, it could be an oil leak problem.



answers from Los Angeles on

Those sound like oil stains. A drop of dawn on the stain will take it out. I have the exact same machine and use the exact same soap (2 scoops charlies + 1 scoop charlie's hard water conditioner because we have hard water), but I haven't had the issue with oil stains except for when one of my kiddos drops something oily on their clothes or if my husband's clothes have a bit of oil or grease on them. In the latter case, that grease can spread around to other clothes. It's a major bummer because you can't tell the stains are there until they are dried! But dawn takes them out. Just the plain, blue dawn. Just be sure you rinse it out before re-washing because of the suds.



answers from Oklahoma City on

I once had a washer break. The seal broke between the motor and the water somehow so the oil in the motor was leaking in to the washer during the cycle. All my clothes were ruined because I didn't notice them and didn't know what was wrong. Hubby had seen it before so we had a repairman come fix it.

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