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How to Remove Grease from Inside Dryer Drum
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Post# 956623   9/8/2017 at 11:44 by pumpkina (California)        

I have high temperature wheel bearing grease (for cars) on the inside of my drum (see photos).

My Kenmore 80 Series (Whirlpool 29") gas dryer was squeaking from the left rear. I removed hair from the rear drum roller shafts and switched the drum rollers. I also added a generous amount of wheel bearing great to lubricate the shafts.

The squeaking disappeared, but now my drum has a pink color.

Undiluted Tide liquid, nail polish remover, and paint thinner didn't remove it (I left the door open so that all could dry and not start a fire). Any ideas as to what would?

In the future, what would be a better lubricant that won't cause this problem?


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Post# 956626 , Reply# 1   9/8/2017 at 11:56 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that looks more like you dried something RED...a lot of times you will find a blue tint on a drum, from washing blue denim jeans in cold water, and then drying them.....

what do your clothes look like after a cycle......they would be coated severely in grease if that was the case....

or then again, how much grease did you use?....a very light coating on the shaft is all that is needed...

Post# 956630 , Reply# 2   9/8/2017 at 12:15 by pumpkina (California)        


I test dried a large towel. No pink discoloration.

It's due to the grease. The drum was white before the grease, which is the same pink color as shown in my photos. I didn't dry any red/pink clothes.

I covered both 2" shafts with grease, then wiped off the excess.

Post# 956772 , Reply# 3   9/9/2017 at 13:45 by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

My dryer has a stainless steel drum but the inside of the door is white and I've noticed the blue stain, which should be the right temperature for washing jeans and reduce fading?

Post# 956779 , Reply# 4   9/9/2017 at 14:16 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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denim will fade no matter what....slowing it down is the key....

your going to lose dye each time you wash, most times you will see the water turn dark blue the first few times you wash new jeans.....

most times best to wash inside out, in warm, a short wash, or a wash/soak....if your using a FLer there is less chance of wear.....cold rinses....

I have come across white dryer drums tinted with a lot of blue.....after about a month or two of regular laundry practices, the blue will fade from the drum...

to keep my black jeans darkest for the longest....always turn inside out...first two washes are full cycles....after that, basically they just need a freshening, a rinse and spin, with maybe a teaspoon of detergent.....then dry on LOW...

Post# 956781 , Reply# 5   9/9/2017 at 14:36 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I don't think (experts, correct me if wrong) the drum support rollers (and the belt idler) should be lubricated due to susceptibility of accumulating lint.  The roller and pulley bearings are factory-impregnated with lubrication.  If anything, a bit of oil may be reasonable but not sticky grease.

Post# 956796 , Reply# 6   9/9/2017 at 16:02 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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learned long ago, oil will dribble and sling from rollers, and especially onto the hot intake of a gas burner, no fire, but will smoke heavily....

just a dab-will-do-ya of grease on the post is all that is needed.....

either way, grease or oil, both can be sticky and attract lint...can't always avoid that...

but at the looks of that drum, if greased was used and that's the cause, all I can think what the heck was done, did someone dunk the whole machine into a petroleum factory?

Post# 956808 , Reply# 7   9/9/2017 at 17:04 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Let me tell you a story. I knew a lady who washed a bunch of the snap off collars that went on the necks of the band uniforms at a particular high school. She dried them in her Kenmore dryer and had never actually looked much at the inside of the drum before. But when she heard those making the noise they did as they tumbled, she carefully looked at the inside of her drum after drying them and swore that they had caused all the nicks and chipped paint the drum had from 10+ years of use, which of course was ridiculous. She had just never looked closely at the inside of her dryer drum before, but try explaining that to someone who is firmly convinced otherwise. I asked her, were there little specs of paint all over the collars? No, she didn't know where the paint that was all chipped off was, but she was firmly convinced her dryer drum was perfect before drying them...............ah...........yeah........

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Post# 956815 , Reply# 8   9/9/2017 at 18:33 by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

That's exactly my procedure to wash jeans
Inside out
Warm / Cold
Permanent press cycle
Low temperature tumble dry

I does slow down fading, but wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing or there was a better way to keep my jeans in a good shape, thank you so much for the advice

Post# 956916 , Reply# 9   9/10/2017 at 10:52 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Lubricating Rear Rollers & Idler Pulleys On WP Built Dryers

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Only light turbine style oil is best and only about one drop per side of roller or idler pulley is plenty.

PS the grease did not turn the drum pink in your dryer.

Post# 956943 , Reply# 10   9/10/2017 at 14:25 by robbinsandmyers (Hamden CT)        

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I only use a drop or two of Zoom Spout turbine oil on my rollers and its good for a year at least of hard use. You could try LA's Awesome to clean that drum inside. Most dollar stores or hardware stores have it and its cheap and effective stuff.

Post# 957321 , Reply# 11   9/13/2017 at 01:57 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

steam cleaner, maybe?

my karcher gets rid of almost anything I can imagine.

Post# 957338 , Reply# 12   9/13/2017 at 03:07 by qualin (Canada)        


I think I'd make you cringe...

I wash my Jeans with a tempered hot cycle (140 F/60 C), cold rinse and then I tumble dry them under high heat (My dryer takes slightly over 2 hours to dry 12 pairs of jeans.. and that's if I don't spin dry them first.)

It does fade the jeans eventually, but if I can get a decade of wear out of them, I think I've gotten my money's worth.

Post# 957401 , Reply# 13   9/13/2017 at 14:13 by pumpkina (California)        


Can I prevent fading by hand-washing jeans, then hanging them out to dry?

Post# 957407 , Reply# 14   9/13/2017 at 16:19 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the only way I know of not fading denim.....

don't wash....

or dryclean.....

you can reduce fading, but not eliminate....

factors also include the fabric itself....or rather the quality of the garment...apples and oranges

Carhartt and Calvin Klein jeans really seem to hold up well.....your mileage may vary...

Walmart and generic brands, like Rustler, don't hold up as well....

Post# 957438 , Reply# 15   9/13/2017 at 21:01 by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
If you wash jeans in cold water

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Your legs will turn blue. Jeans are designed to fade.

Post# 957684 , Reply# 16   9/15/2017 at 17:23 by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

Qualin, I think jeans should be able to be washed and dried in any temperature you desire, it's supposed to be a heavy duty /every day garment and it should be okay without any special or delicate care instructions. I do have pairs of jeans I've been wearing for like 4-5 years and they're still in a great condition, yes, they are not the same nice blue they once were but they're still good. I think if you want to wash your jeans in hot water you should keep doing it, it's gonna get them cleaner even if they fade out faster, and for high temperature tumble dry I do it sometimes too (lol) when I don't really want to wait too long...

Post# 957690 , Reply# 17   9/15/2017 at 17:51 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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nothing like sliding on a warm pair of jeans fresh out of the dryer on a cold day....

except for those rivets on the pockets, that's like a branding

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Post# 957694 , Reply# 18   9/15/2017 at 18:26 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I recall when Levi's jeans were tagged wash in HOT water.

Post# 957713 , Reply# 19   9/15/2017 at 20:54 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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You mean they ain't no more?

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