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Old 02-28-2016, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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I wasn't sure what forum to post this under. This is the second time I've had these strange markings show up on a shirt after washing it. I thought maybe there was a pen in the washer, but there wasn't. Anyone have any idea where these stains may have come from? They were not there before I washed the shirt and I can't get them out no matter what I use. This is the 2nd shirt I can't wear anymore because of these stains. I am assuming it happened in the washer and not the dryer, because I put a white shirt in the dryer too (it wasn't in the washer) and it has no marks on it.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I don't know what it's from but I had a shirt that something similar happened to and a friend told me to try Windex!!! (the regular, original kind) - I figured it couldn't hurt - took the dark stuff right out!!
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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A quick web search and some thinking comes up with the following possibilities:

First, the washer itself may not be clean. Front loaders have a wide rubber seal. Pull that back and you may find mold or rust or a buildup of schmutz. Older washers might have rust in hidden spots, like the outside of the drum.

Second, detergent - especially HE detergent - has a low sudsing agent that can apparently stain if it gets on clothes without being properly diluted. Liquid fabric softener can create greasy patches, but they are commonly clear or bluish.

Third, the water supply itself can be suspect.

If the stains aren't set, it is said that oxyclean will take them out. Also, my wife discovered that detergents with enzyme cleaners must be used with WARM water to be effective, and for stubborn stains, soaking the garment in a bucket or plastic bowl with warm water and some enzyme detergent for an hour will release a lot of stains.

So, clean the washer itself, run it on a cycle with no clothes and heavy bleach, with hot water in the detergent and fabric softener dispensers to purge those, then when you put HE detergent in the dispenser, mix it with a little water first to dilute it.
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Old 02-28-2016, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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Wow about the Windex. I will see what I have. Ours is a top loader. This hasn't happened in quite a while, but I will inspect the machine. I think I can rule out anything to do with the detergent. It is not HE.
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