Asked on Aug 6, 2018

What is causing brown streak lines on clothing from top load washer?

Katie F.Chubby58Amanda Bishop


what is causing brown streak lines on clothes coming out of top loading washing machine?

6 answers
  • Michelle Lynes
    Michelle Lynes
    on Aug 6, 2018

    I’d try running some vinegar through it and look for some rust.

  • Judy
    on Aug 6, 2018

    Unfortunately, I had this happen too.

    We finally found rust in the washer drum.

    Me fixed it by painting but cleaning the rust first. I believe it’s an enamel paint.

  • Amanda Bishop
    Amanda Bishop
    on Aug 6, 2018

    You may need to run a cleaning cycle on your washer with hot water and vinegar or bleach

  • Chubby58
    on Aug 6, 2018

    It could be grease coming from your motor. I would have a professional check it out. Also check to see if the ridge between the top and the tube is all clean.

  • Katie F.
    Katie F.
    on Aug 7, 2018

    Hard water (iron content) when used to wash clothes will make brown spots/streaks especially if bleach is used in the wash! Very hard to get out!

    • Russbow
      on Aug 7, 2018

      Iron does not cause hardness it water. Calcium and Magnesium are the culprits, but you are correct about the stains. Do a search for "chemical to remove iron stains from clothes" lemon juice seems to be the preferred, but others are listed.

  • Katie F.
    Katie F.
    on Aug 7, 2018

    Thank you !

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