Why is my washing machine destroying my clothing?
June 16, 2011 6:27 AM Subscribe
Why is my washing machine destroying my clothing? Newish machine just started causing clothes to pill up, in addition to some tears.
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I've had this washing machine for about 3 years. I've had the occasional shirt pill up after "a while" but usually assumed it was bad fabric, since it only happened on some, and most were okay. Fast forward to a few months ago, I noticed more of my shirts were pilling up, including newish ones. At first, after a round of blaming crappy fabrics, I realized it was happening to all my cotton blend shirts. With one recently purchased shirt, I started noticing it after only 3 washes. I also noticed a couple holes in clothing that I am almost positive came from the washing machine.
So is there anything in my machine that would be causing it to happen so drastically now, and anything I can do to fix it? I read a couple tips - to not wash with towels (which I had been previously doing) and turn shirts inside out. Still isn't helping. I'm washing on the color appropriate settings - cold for color and dark. I'm using fabric softener.