Washing machine making metallic scraping noise

FAQs I received an email this morning thanking me for my advice regarding noisy washing machines after they found a solution when their washing machine was making a metallic scraping noise. Although there are different possible causes of a scraping noise, one of the most common is the humble underwire from a bra –

Just wanted to thank you for your helpful website. There’s a terrible sound coming from our washing machine. It was a metal on metal scraping sound. Luckily, I came across something on your site about a possible bra underwire. Lo and behold, there is was… poking its little head out calling for me to grab it. You have saved me a lot of time, and money


This is not the first time I’ve had such an email from someone who managed to remove a bra underwire from their washing machine, which was just poking through one of the drum holes. This is fairly lucky, I myself only ever found several that were actually poking through a drum hole.

All the rest had disappeared into the main tub underneath the drum and needed parts removing to retrieve it. If your drum makes a light scraping sound when it revolves and you can’t see anything poking through a hole in the drum then check out my other articles for help.

General advice on how to deal with this problem plus advice on many other possible causes of a noisy washing machine are detailed in these articles –

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14 thoughts on “Washing machine making metallic scraping noise”

  1. You legend, this was exactly the problem we just found, just read this post in time before my father in law started opening the whole awaking machine and played expert :)

  2. Hi,
    Hoping you can help me please
    My hotpoint washing machine makes an annoying ‘churping cricket’ sound when it pumps out!
    Its not effecting the machine just annoying me to the point i want to fix it

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