Is your Washing Machine Rusting – Find out Why and What to Do

If your washer has rust stains on the drum or the body of the washer then there is a risk that this can make its way into the laundry, right?

This can leave you afraid of using your washer with your whites or even any other laundry at all for fear of staining. How frustrating and disappointing it can be to have a washer contributing to the stains!

So why do some washers rust? Is it something you’re doing wrong, a defect, or low quality of build of the washer?

This post explores the possible causes of rusting in a washing machine and what you may be able to do to not only stop but also prevent rusting.

Why is Rust forming inside and on your Washing machine?

If you find rust forming inside or on the body of the washer then it may be caused by any of the following:

#1. The water supply has some traces of iron that then form rust strains on the laundry. This may be picked up from the hot water heater or even the supply pipes. The metallic fitting on the hoses connecting water to the washer are also known to rust over time.

Check the metallic fittings or connectors on the hose(s) supplying water to the washer for any rust. You may have to replace them if rusted.

Install a water filtration system to trap particles in the water and prevent them from getting to the laundry.

#2. Keeping the washer lid closed after a wash cycle. This maintains a moist environment in the washer which promotes rusting.

Do leave the washing machine lid open after removing the laundry to allow the free flow of air to both help keep the interior of the washer dry and prevent bad odors.

#3. You clean the washer with abrasive materials such as scouring pads. These damage the protective coating and expose the underlying steel to moisture and water that lead to the formation of rust.

Use a soft damp cloth to clean the washer.

#4. The washer brand and model has a manufacturer defect. Some washer models have a manufacturer defect and have been recalled. Could your washer model be one of those?

You can check which appliances have been recalled by going to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website. It lists appliances that have been recalled.

For example, about 5 years ago (2017), Samsung recalled elected top loader washer models that were rusting.

Check if the washing machine model is part of a product recall.

Do contact the manufacturer immediately if the washer is still under warranty.

Related Questions

Why is the Washing Machine Leaking Rusty Water?

If the washing machine leaks rusty water check the inlet water pipe – it may be broken or loosely connected.

Depending on the material of the water pipes, inlet pipes may accumulate rust deposits that then show up in the leaking water.

Inlet pipes usually have a wire mesh filter that over time can build up rust. Remove the filter and clean it thoroughly to remove rust.

You may have to run a couple of cycles without laundry first to clear the rust from the washer.

How to Remove Brown Rusty Stains on The Laundry?

You can use a product like CLR – Calcium Lime and Rust to remove rust stains. Note: It is recommended to use gloves when applying it.

It’s fast-acting and reportedly effective. To use it, mix an equal part of CLR with warm water, and first apply it to a small section of cloth, preferably where one is unlikely to see the stain should it not work out. You want to test its effectiveness.

If it clears the rust, proceed to apply it to the rest of the stained area. You can use a soft cloth to do this. Rinse the area after 2 minutes.

Closing Thoughts

Rust stains on the washing machine or laundry may be caused by rust buildup in the water supply connections or traces of iron in the water supply pipes or even the hot-water heat.

It is also possible that the washer has a defect. Check if it is part of a product call or if under warranty and get in touch with the manufacturer right away.

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