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Towels and other laundry being bleached in your washing machine



Coloured (especially dark) heavy cotton garments (like denim) have white streaks on them after washing. Even when using a colour or liquid detergent.

We have often had the appliance being blamed for bleaching garment, especially towels, placed in the washing machine and normally the culprit turns out to be the hair care products or suchlike used by a family member.

This article explains the effect as there is no way that a washing machine can cause a bleaching effect on clothing and this cannot be resolved by a washing machine engineer through any sort of service or repair as it is a use issue.

Please see the notes below for much more information.


None the damage is irreversible.

Cause & Prevention


Household bleach containing Hypochlorite may have accidentally come into contact with the garment.


Avoid accidental contact between bleach and fabrics.


Acne cream (which may contain peroxide) has been used near the garment.


Wash face and hands thoroughly between using acne cream and using a towel.


Hair preparations coming into contact with the garment.


Rinse hair thoroughly between using hair preparations and using a towel.

NOTE: When garments have been damaged by hypochlorite (household bleach) the garments will not re-dye.


  How You Can Get Help With Laundry Problems

To offer support in helping people to determine the cause of laundry problems please use the washing machine support forum.

It’s fast, free, easy and normally someone will pick up on the post that can assist you often with a few experts chipping in if needed. Just register if you don’t have ab account, we don’t mail you, send you spam or any of that stuff.

Post up your question and give images if you possibly can and the guys in the forums will do the rest for you and try to identify the problem you have.

Cost you nothing, might save you some embarrassment or worse, a charge for a service visit that wasn’t needed.

  Photographs Of Damage

If you can post photographs of the damage or problem you are having this can be really helpful in allowing the technicians to see what the problem is.

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