Asked on Jul 4, 2018

Laundry: how to remove mystery spots.

Ginger the farm galJan LoehrDee


My blouses go in the washer & dryer without any spots. When they are done. SOMETIMES, they have these random oily looking misshapen darker shade spots. I use dryer woolen balls, same detergent for years. Its not food or drink. The fabric is polyester or rayon like. Any ideas??? Thanks.
Its very hard to see in these photos. This one has 2+
This is just to the left of the seam in the background
7 answers
  • Dfm
    on Jul 4, 2018

    I think I’d start with a clothes washer cleaner, then call an appliance tech
  • Rowgop (Pam)
    Rowgop (Pam)
    on Jul 4, 2018

    Diane, Have you tried spray and wash spot remover? I use it all the time you would be surprised how well it does.
  • Oliva
    on Jul 4, 2018

    Fabric softeners can cause this, but since you're using wool dryer balls, I suspect that's not the culprit. The spots may be coming from your dryer. Get it checked by a qyalified repairman.
  • Ey
    on Jul 4, 2018

    Clean your washer with vinegar. Fill to the fullest amount you can and dump in the big bottle of vinegar. Then repeat using bleach. Repeat with plain water and a piece of material to see if spots do not appear.

  • Dee
    on Jul 4, 2018

    There are a few things that I have seen cause this, one is fabric softner, if you don't use it so we can rule that out, the other is cold wash temps, are you using at least warm? If you normally wash in warm water make sure that the water entering the machine is actually warm by interrupting the cycle and feeling the temp with your hand.
    Occasionally a hot water valve on a machine will either plug up or fail to open.
    To much detergent could also be a cause, try cutting it in half and see if that helps. Hope this helps.
    A premature bearing failure or grease coming out of the top of the agitator..
  • Jan Loehr
    Jan Loehr
    on Jul 28, 2018

    Have you tried washing the blouses, then, instead of placing them immediately into the dryer, hang them on hangers to dry then if there are still wrinkles just place them inside the dryer on low heat for about ten minutes or less then remove and see if you have any spots...maybe the long heat cycle for the dryer is doing this to the fabric....

  • Ginger the farm gal
    Ginger the farm gal
    on Aug 22, 2018

    top load or front load? I had the same thing happen in my top loader to brand new microfiber sheets, the instructions said cold water both wash and rinse, so I don't have a clue if it happened in the washer or dryer...if you find the reason, please let us know, I use wool balls too, with out any oils added.

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