When a washing machine begins to develop rust on the surface or interior parts, it can easily stain or even ruin loads of clothes. You may not notice it at first, but as the rusting gets worse, your clothes will develop rust stains on them. If you care about the quality and integrity of your clothes, you'll need to either replace your washing machine or fix it. Unfortunately, most owners simply dispose of their rusty washing machine without thinking twice. After all, it's not like rust is an easy fix that can be repaired with a new part or mechanism. However, the fact of the matter is that you might be able to salvage your rusty washing machine without replacing it; here's how:
First and foremost, you need to make sure that it's rust causing the stains on your clothes and not some other factor. Depending on where the rust is, this may or may not be an easy process. Sometimes washing machines will develop rust on the exterior around the lif used to open it, while other times the rust will actually appear inside the basket or around the gears where it's hidden. If you don't see rust on the outside of your washing machine, take a flashlight and closely inspect the interior of the basket for any signs of rust.
Painting Over It
The easiest way to fix a rusty washing machine is to simply paint over the problematic area. As long as it's superficial rusting that's only occurring on the surface, this should be fairly easy. Before you start, though, you'll need to sand it down to remove most of the rust; otherwise, the paint won't hold properly. Once you've sanded it down, take a paintbrush and paint over it with a color that's similar to the rest of your unit. After you're finished painting it, give it several days to fully dry before running a load of clothes. Your washing machine should now look brand new without any signs of rust!
Unfortunately, you may have a problem painting over your washing machine if the rust is occurring in the basket or anywhere else inside your unit. If this is the case, you can try sanding it and cleaning it with some basic bleach and warm water. In the event this doesn't get rid of the rust, you'll probably be forced to replace your unit.