Washing Machine Making Clothes Dirty
July 17, 2010 9:01 AM Subscribe
LaundryFilter: Why is there linty crap all over my clothes just from the washer (NOT the dryer)?!?!
posted by Elminster24 to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Let me preface this by saying I haven't changed my laundry habits in 5 years in terms of how I sort my laundry, wash it, etc.
I moved into a new rental apartment with my gf two years ago. Since then, we have noticed that when we wash our laundry, regardless of whether we put it in the dryer or hang it to dry (thus eliminating the dryer as the source of this problem) we get a TON of lint on our clothes. And its a weird type of lint...it is so rubbed into the clothing that it appears the clothes have black stains on them.
A thorough rubbing with a lint roller and rubbing some water in usually take care of it, but this is time consuming. We've been dealing with this silently since we moved in and just sucked it up but the thing that just pushed me over the edge was when I washed my off-white hoody and it came out an entire shade darker with patches of even darker areas that is all lint and I have no idea how to get it clean now--I'll probably have to hand wash it in the sink.
Neither of us have ever had this issue with a washing machine in places we've lived before and I'm wondering if there is some sort of lint trap equivelant in the washer that needs to be cleaned or something to prevent all this shit from ending up on our clothes.
It is frustrating as hell, especially since we both have a ton of hang dry delicates that end up looking nasty after we wash them.
FWIW we usually wash our stuff in cold water delicate cycle with Woolite.
The machines are shared by several other units if that makes any difference but in my old building that had many times more tenants using the machines, I NEVER had anything like this occur.
I would talk to our land lord about it but he is somewhat stubborn and hard to deal with and so I'd like to at least come to him with some suggestions/thoughts on the matter rather than just saying "its dirty, fix it" because he will likely tell me it is something with the way I'm doing my laundry as he assumes that whenever there is a problem its because the tenant doesn't know what they are doing.