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Hello everyone,
I'm a desperate woman suffering from excessive lint/dust with my laundry as the title suggest and here is the story in short hoping i'd get some help.


I've basically been doing laundry all my life. Since early teenage years, it was my responsibility so one could say i know how to do laundry. When my boyfriend and i moved in together, we had a complete empty flat "a brand new one, we were the first tenants". The first hing we've purchased were the essentials, fridge, an LG washing machine, and a bed. this is when the nightmare started, i would see (purplish color) lint on the corners of the floor. Initially i thought this was from the central Air condition and our apartment turned into a construction site. 3 months later the landlord finally agreed to move us to another apartment.

The problem stayed. Black clothes will come out of the washing machine with white lint on them, and white ones with the purplish lint on them. We changed our brand new bed thinking it was the reason since the body was made of velvet and got a wooden one. problem was still rocking on. Finally decided it could be the washing machine itself. Returned the LG and purchased a brand new Siemens washing machine... And yes, the problem stayed.. i thought okay, this could be from the water so i purchased a water filter for the washing machine which obviously led to no change. a year later when our contract was over i was happy we were moving to another apartment, one with balcony so i could line my clothes outside and things get better.

Another year later and i am still suffering from this problem, my clothes are looking very dull, very rough and extremely worn out. they're also stating to get a bit transparent too!  so the only thing i cant think of is that the machine is shredding the clothes. I've tried doing laundry on gentle cycle, or using 600-800 spin speed with the result being the same. I've tried all kinds of detergents, all kinds of softeners, vinegar and what not. Has anyone experienced this? or heard of someone who went through this? any kind of help is appreciated please :(

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Hello Lily. If changing the washing machine made no difference it is very reasonable to assume it has nothing to do with the washing machine. Lint normally comes off laundry, especially from towels and sheets. Is the colour of the lint the same as any of your towels or sheets? Lint should pump out with the water.

 

Trying to get to the bottom of a problem involves process of elimination. So the first things I would suspect are overloading, and all are partially blocked pump filter. If the washing machine is overloaded then the lint that comes away during wash can get trapped in folds of the laundry and not get pumped away. If there is excessive lint in the washing machine I would expect the pump filter to be virtually blocked up by now. The first thing I would do is check the pump filter if it has one Washing Machine Pump Filter

Make sure you are not overloading the washing machine - Loading a washing machine

also check out the following articles in case there is any help there Whites coming out of washing machine grey, coloureds losing their colour | White streaks on laundry after washing


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Hello Andy,

Thank you for your reply. My washing machine is a 9 kg one, and i never ever overload. Because of the excessive lint problem, i started sorting the clothes in a way that i am sure no one does. Here are an example of my laundry sorting.  

1- Black cotton tshirts, i put around 5-6 of them on the 30 minutes wash 

2- American eagle polo tshirts (separated colors in different loads) 

3- Boxers alone 

4- Socks alone 

and so on, you get how crazy it's been going. 

With regards to the lint color, it's purplish/grayish/blue, which is the color one would get if they mix most colours 
 

I did run several runs without any load, the pump filter is cleaned weekly and it's not blocked. many clothes are thinning out, for example, many of my husbands white tshirts are transparent now!  I even tried running loads on slower spin speed (600) but nothing.  Even gambled and went ahead to purchase a condensed dryer that was super expensive of which took the lint on the surface away but when you shake the garment, you still see dust like fluff flying away. Here are some pictures. I have tried uploading a video but apparently i couldn't :(

 

*Edit: Many said that we were just unlucky and gotten a manufacturing defect twice. Could this be the case? 

 

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It's extremely unlikely that you could get 2 different washing machines with exactly the same very rare and unusual fault. I would not use the 30 minute wash. 30 minutes is nowhere near long enough to wash rinse and spin laundry properly. Are you using the correct amount of detergent? I would try making sure that you put laundry on the specific wash cycle that is advised on each items wash label. And use good quality detergent making sure that you use the exact amount that is recommended on the detergent packet. Bearing in mind what level of water hardness you have and the level of soiling. The detergent is important for cushioning the laundry during the wash with soap suds. If you are not using enough detergent maybe the laundry is being subjected to more rubbing action during the wash.


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Hi Andy! I think it maybe the 30 minutes cycle then, however i only use it when it's a 2-3 item. Will let you know the outcome in couple of weeks

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