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My washer is eating my clothes.

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MY front loading HE washer puts little holes in my clothes. Seems to like the whites best,I've goggled this problem to find out that it is quite common. does anyone have this problem???

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csv3201270158521.2076724 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007

That happens to my clothes, too! There must be something inside the washer that is snagging the clothes and "pulling" at threads that create the tiny holes?

LoveMyHand­bags1270158734.865509 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007

Oh, how terrible that it's doing this!!  I wonder how that happens because there is not an agitator to wash the clothes, right?

You googled it and it's quite common??? Yikes!  Have you contacted the manufacturer or the store where you purchased it??

I don't have one but I believe my brother told me he doesn't care for his front-load washer.  I forgot why ... unless that it doesn't get the clothes as clean without having the agitator?

I hope you get an answer from the manufacturer for this!!  I would be having a fit! {#emotions_dlg.scared}

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maddiecat1270159792.235464 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

Reading this makes me grateful for my still-running-great Kenmore washing machine.  It's about 23 years old.  I have a Kenmore dryer that's even older and it, too, runs great.

I know I'm going to cry the day anything serious happens to either of them!

cherry1270159825.3816348 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005

If you can't find the cause you need to get a repairman's help  before everything you have is ruined

MaggieToo1270160170.4978183 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004AZ
On 4/1/2010 maddiecat said:

Reading this makes me grateful for my still-running-great Kenmore washing machine.  It's about 23 years old.  I have a Kenmore dryer that's even older and it, too, runs great.

I know I'm going to cry the day anything serious happens to either of them!

Me, too.  I bought my Kenmore's in 1988..

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

wookie1270160209.5078304 PostsRegistered 4/30/2006

Hmmm, I am currently on my second front loader, and never experienced this problem.

Sorry it's happening to you, and others.

-foundinlv-1270162958.3372259 PostsRegistered 3/11/2009

I have a Kenmore front loader and no problems with it and our clothes get very clean.  It's a 2 way tumble, stainless steel machine,

ChoosandMa­nolos1270163124.0235013 PostsRegistered 7/2/2006

My LG front loader has never eaten clothing, and I do everything from delicates to DH's uniforms.

 

I love mine and will never go back to top loader.  Much cleaner clothes and much less hot water and detergent.  We saw a big drop in the gas and electric bill the very first full month we had it.

Emma Bunti­ng1270163886.048606 PostsRegistered 3/26/2010

....mine shreds my towels too....either that or they're selling really cheap towels at BB&B now...

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september1270163987.63716992 PostsRegistered 6/29/2007

I find these tiny little holes in my clothing, too.  I have a top loading machine.

It seems to happen only with fine gauge, cotton-knit tops.

ratdog1111270165695.2214924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

I had the oposite problem. My top loader did the holes in the clothes and it stopped when we got the front loader.

 

UConnMom20­081270166157.7671072 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007
On 4/1/2010 september said:

I find these tiny little holes in my clothing, too.  I have a top loading machine.

It seems to happen only with fine gauge, cotton-knit tops.

 I have the opposite problem.  My top loading washer has a tendency to make little holes in DH's jeans; it has been doing this for several years.  I have minimized this from happening by only washing 2 pairs at a time, in a full load setting, with nothing else bigger than socks in with them. No other clothing has ever been damaged, not even my own jeans, which are a different brand than his.  Very strange.{#emotions_dlg.confused1}

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mima1270166573.0314348 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

May I ask what brands are doing this and how old are they?

I have a fairly new Samsung frontloader and I sure hope that doesn't happen to me in the future!  That's why I'm curious.

Thanks for any further info.

Mima

Mima

Emma Bunti­ng1270167902.0638606 PostsRegistered 3/26/2010
On 4/1/2010 mima said:

May I ask what brands are doing this and how old are they?

I have a fairly new Samsung frontloader and I sure hope that doesn't happen to me in the future!  That's why I'm curious.

Thanks for any further info.

Mima

 Hi Mima...I have a Whirlpool Calypso....top loading high efficiancy washer...probably about 5 years old now . I hate it!! It uses such little water, that I swear some parts of the clothes look like they didn't even get wet!! Plus, I've noticed my towels are all tattered. I'm sure the front loading HE washers are better than mine....but I didn't have the room for a front loader and had to go with a top loader....but still wanted to save water and energy...

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pommom1270171598.743318 PostsRegistered 9/19/2006

My son bought a washer like yours and while I was living with him for 2 years, it absolutely wrecked my lovely work clothes.  As soon as I moved, I bought a Whirlpool that doesn't have all the fancy bells and whistles and I love the way my clothes come out.

My son's washer was way too rough on my clothes.  Mangled them with every cycle.  {#emotions_dlg.thumbdown}

 

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lyn601270216311.166 PostsRegistered 11/19/2007

Mima, my HE washer is an  Tromm LG. 3 yrs old. Holes in clothing (especially white  T-shirts) became very noticable this past year.  When I googled I found an lawyers website that has filed a class action suit against LG for holes in clothing and mold.  I have e-mailed to get more info but nothing yet. Back to your question, when I googled I found it was numerous brand of front loading  HE machines, whirpool, bosch, LG, not remembering if Samsung was listed  can't recall all brands listed. Just google front loader holes in clothes  if u what to read more. Thanks for reply.

islandergi­rl1270216481.11397 PostsRegistered 7/22/2009
On 4/1/2010 lyn60 said:

MY front loading HE washer puts little holes in my clothes. Seems to like the whites best,I've goggled this problem to find out that it is quite common. does anyone have this problem???

 I have heard that using chlorine bleach will often cause your whites to develop holes.

 

lyn601270216706.5166 PostsRegistered 11/19/2007

Madiecat, I also had 20 yr old Kenmore. Still running great when I gave the set away. I was in Home Depot and the new washer & dryer was soooo fancy looking and shiny RED like a new car in the showroom.  I really wanted the large tub, blah, blah blah. lol

lovestotea­ch1270217055.5614446 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

I am so disgusted and confused by washing clothing these days!  Our washer is a top-loader; I like powdered detergent and its becoming harder to find.  The HE liquid ALWAYS has a smell, even when the container says "FREE."  Really can't tolerate the smell.  Read on Google that there are little wormy things (from China?) that are part of the silkworm family and are hardly visible.  These little bugs like to eat natural fibers!  (oh, no!)  I posted in a previous thread a little while ago that now I wonder if the holes in the washing machine basket cause the holes in my fine knit cottons.  DH tees (cheap -- from Hanes) don't get holes in them and they are washed in with his jeans on a regular cycle!

So either the detergent is eating holes (if lower amount of water is used by machine) or I need to put each finer item in a pillowcase in a zippered wash bag (can you say HASSLE?)

These ideas are the only ones I have.... OR the items have been constructed with shorter cotton fibers and develop holes because of it.  In that case, I'm paying way too much for finer knit cottons!  Spandex blended with cotton tops don't seem to be getting holey...

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lyn601270217406.73766 PostsRegistered 11/19/2007

lovestoteach,  what did u google to read about HE detergent? Machine has been checked for snags  detergent was brought up for discussion but isn't doing it on all clothes (yet) Silk worms very interesting.

qvcnewbieg­irl1270217422.3936051 PostsRegistered 2/7/2009Denver, CO
On 4/1/2010 foundinlv1 said:

I have a Kenmore front loader and no problems with it and our clothes get very clean.  It's a 2 way tumble, stainless steel machine,

Me too!!  I love my front loader!!! 

 

I have to admit that I cheat and don't use the HE laundry soap...I use my favorite powder, but only 1-2 tablespoons/load and the laundry comes out clean and perfect. 

 

I am so sorry you are having this problem...no idea what could be causing it.  Sorry.  {#emotions_dlg.sad}

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lovestotea­ch1270219985.98714446 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

lyn60:  Hi!  I didn't make it clear.  I googled "holes in cotton clothing" and was so surprised that it came up right away as an option!  (meaning many had googled this)  As far as the HE detergent goes, DH bought some by accident.  Also, my machine must not use as much water or maybe I just need to use less powder/liquid.  Even Woolite liquid "free" has a perfumey smell!  Downey "free and sensitive" dryer sheets are still free of smells!

For the poster whose towels are shredding - here's an idea.  When I was first married and for many years, I would put the Tide in with the towels (dry) and let it sit for a day or two until I decided to run the washer.  Couldn't figure out why there were holes in the MIDDLE of my towels and washcloths, etc!!!!  Then it dawned on me -- the detergent was literally eating the fabric!

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lucyinthes­ky1270257822.85127 PostsRegistered 3/29/2009

that explains alot, my towels come out with the loops coming out like there was a cat fight in the machine. i do have cats but they don't come in contact with the towels, thanks for the info, i'll have to go back to making my own detergent.

Shorty2U1270267358.62314635 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007PA

Sorry about your clothing. That would aggravate anyone. This is why I live in the past. (lol)..When we got our washer and dryer last year, I insisted on your standard oversized (top load) washer and dryer in white. Old fashioned looking or not they work great and who goes in our laundry room? I cant see paying a mint for the new kinds (front load.colors, etc). I hope you get it straightened out.

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