Whirlpool Washer Tearing Clothes (Solved!)

Did you open your Whirlpool washer only to find all your favorite shirts covered in tiny holes? Or, even worse, torn and completely destroyed? You’re not alone–countless Whirlpool customers have complained about their washer tearing their clothes.

Whirlpool washers could be tearing your clothes because of design flaws, such as sharp drum holes, deteriorated bellow, or faulty door glass. Many of these flaws are easily fixed on your own or through Whirlpool customer service.

In the rest of this article, I’ll discuss in detail the most common reasons why your Whirlpool washers are tearing your clothes. Additionally, I’ll give you some tips on how to resolve those issues your washer’s causing you. 

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Why Your Whirlpool Washer Is Tearing Your Clothes

Many people think it’s their own fault that their favorite dress or shirt tore during washing. You could’ve prevented this from happening in some instances, but the fault isn’t entirely your own.

Certain Whirlpool models have come under fire for their design flaws that left many unsatisfied customers having to throw away their clothes because of small holes and tears in them. Whirlpool Duet washers, in particular, seem to have this problem. So much so that they discontinued certain models from manufacturing.

The best solution if your Whirlpool washer is tearing your clothes is to go out and buy a new washer (that’s not Whirlpool). However, not everybody can afford to do that. 

Let’s see some of the most common reasons your Whirlpool washer is tearing your clothes.

Drum Holes in the Washer Are Too Sharp

Drum holes in any washer should be smooth so as not to damage clothes that are being washed. However, your washer may have sharp holes due to a lousy finishing process.

Some Whirlpool washers had the same issue with their drum holes. One customer noticed that her new Whirlpool washer tore some of her clothes, so she touched the washer’s drum and felt that the holes were sharp. 

When she ordered a new washer, she checked the drum before installing it and found the new washer had the same issue, so she returned it.

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The Bellow Needs To Be Replaced

The rubber part (bellow) that goes around a washer’s drum and the door might be another culprit for tearing your clothes. The washer bellow serves to seal the space between the drum and the door so the water can’t get out. 

Over time, the bellow deteriorates and needs to be replaced. Worn-out bellows can tear your clothes when the rubber breaks off or juts out, where a delicate piece of clothing gets caught on it, causing it to tear.

Here’s a helpful video if you want to replace your Whirlpool washer’s bellow:

The Door Glass Needs To Be Replaced

Certain Whirlpool washer models had issues with faulty door glass, which tore their customers’ clothes. This is easily fixed, fortunately. All you need to do is replace your Whirlpool washer’s existing door glass with a newer, usually narrower one. That fix resolved some customers’ issues with holes and tears in their clothes.

The Whirlpool Duet washer model, in particular, had this issue with its door glass a long time ago. Newer models don’t use that faulty design for their door glass anymore. In any case, you can have somebody replace the door glass professionally or do it yourself.

Unfortunately, Whirlpool washers have other issues with their doors, such as annoying clicking sounds of lid locks. If you want to learn why that happens and how to fix it, check out this article about clicking lid locks

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Tips To Prevent Whirlpool Washer Making Holes in Your Clothes

Use Laundry Bags To Protect Delicate Clothes

Mesh laundry bags are a great way to protect all your soft and delicate clothes that are first to tear in a faulty washer. It’s much safer to buy a couple of laundry bags than to buy the same new shirt or dress that was torn. 

I recommend these Pinzon Delicates Mesh Laundry Bags from Amazon.com. Not only are these laundry bags long-lasting, but they’re also great for other storage-related uses because of their durability. 

Inspect the Drum for Sharp Holes

This is the first thing you should do even before your Whirlpool washer is installed. If your brand new washer has any sharp holes, you should return it. 

If it’s too late and you’ve already installed your washer or have had it for some time now and just noticed sharp holes, don’t worry. You can always replace the old drum with a new one.

Don’t Mix Light and Heavy Clothes When Washing

Sometimes, our washers aren’t to blame when our clothes come out filled with small holes. Mixing light and delicate clothes with heavy denim jeans full of buttons and zips can also cause tears in our clothes. 

You should always try to wash different types of materials and fabric separately. We do this always with differently colored clothes to protect them from discoloring. So, we should do the same for our delicates. If you can’t separate your clothes for some reason, the best option is to use laundry bags.

Prepare Clothes Before Washing

If your clothes have zippers, buttons, or small hooks and wires (such as a bra), then make sure they’re properly secured and won’t move around during the washing process. Zippers especially can cause a lot of damage to other clothes if they’re left zipped down. 

For even better protection, try washing your clothes inside-out. This will keep all the loose buttons and zippers inside of your clothes, which should reduce the possible tear of your delicates. 


If your Whirlpool washer is tearing your clothes, the first thing you should do is to get into contact with Whirlpool customer service. However, if they’re not of much assistance, you should know there are three common reasons related to Whirlpool washers’ faulty design that causes holes and tears in your clothes:

  • The drum holes are sharp.
  • The bellow deteriorated and needs to be replaced.
  • The door glass needs to be replaced.