Asked on Nov 10, 2020

Why do I have water like stains on my clothes after I was them?

Tawny Leste-CarlsonSimple Nature DecorBetsy


I wash my clothes and get stains on them, but they’re like light stains and I’ve washed my clothes 2 times to get it out but it’s still there.

19 answers
  • Vimarhonor
    on Nov 10, 2020

    Hello that must be quite frustrating .....are you using liquid detergent, fabric softener or have a newer he machine? Some more details about your exact circumstances might give us more clues to give advice. I recently switched ti a newer low water level he machine and it was quite different circumstances than my previous machine.

  • Mogie
    on Nov 10, 2020

    Mix 3 or 4 Tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide with 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish detergent. It is the best stain and yellowing solution I have ever tried.

  • Redcatcec
    on Nov 10, 2020

    You might try a product like Oxyclean, I use the dry hydrogen based brand from Dollar Tree, basically the same product at a better price. It works very well. also, Vimarhonor makes a good point, have you changed anything in your laundry routine?

  • Have you tried cleaning the washer. Often this is the problem. Run an empty load with hot water and a cup of bleach. Here's a link with more information:

  • TAYLor
    on Nov 10, 2020

    When it is an oil based stain I put dish soap directly on spots, rub it in then I leave it for the night. Wash the next day. Hang dry so as not to set stain if a second treatment is necessary. 2x usually does the job.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Nov 10, 2020

    You probably have a self leveling high efficiency machine. Try washing on the deep wash or whatever cycle to add a bit more water v

    • Kathy Gunter Law
      Kathy Gunter Law
      on Nov 15, 2020

      Sadly, I can totally relate. I didn't know you could get one with a level over ride but you can bet my next one will have it. I wash everything on the extra heavy duty cycle and add Borax to every load. That helps but it doesn't work nearly as well as my old machine that I can "overfill" one level. Pre-washing and scrubbing makes laundry a chore I dread.

  • William
    on Nov 10, 2020

    How to clean your front load washer.

    When we think of washing machines, we think of clean, fresh-smelling clothes. Laundry is supposed to have a comforting aroma—one that’s so well-loved that there are even colognes designed to mimic its scent.

    But what do you do when your front-load washer, well... stinks?

    Your washer is supposed to clean your clothing not stain them!

    Before you resign yourself to a musty, mildewy, sour-scented existence, consider this: Your washer probably isn’t defective—it just needs some TLC. A few simple steps could help eliminate that stench forever.

    That’s right, my friends: It’s all smooth, fresh-smelling sailing from here on out. Grab your hampers, keep your heads high, and scrub stinky clothes from your life for good.

    Why your front-loader stinks

    I took an in-depth look at the relative performance of front- and top-load washers, and found that front-loaders are superior in virtually every way. That came as no surprise, since front-loaders are designed not only to be more efficient, but also to be gentler on clothes while cleaning them better.

    But it's that efficiency part that can cause some headaches when it comes to smell. See, high-efficiency front-loaders use a lot less water than their top-load counterparts, since they fill just the bottom of the wash tub with water. Since the drum rotates on a horizontal axis, your clothes tumble through the water, eliminating the need to fill the tub up all the way.

    That's all fine and dandy if you use high-efficiency detergents, but when you douse your laundry with the wrong kinds of soap and softeners, the smaller amount of water can’t fully rinse them away. The drum ends up getting coated with a layer of soap scum, which is itself peppered with debris and dirt from your clothing. In the heat and damp of your washer, this scum makes a happy home for mildew, bacteria, and mold.

    The stinky situation is compounded by the fact that front-load washers use a rubber door gasket to keep water from leaking out. Dirt, soap, and bits of fabric can get trapped under the gasket, creating yet another breeding ground for nasty smells.

    How to get rid of that smell

    1. Bring out the baking soda.

    Your first inclination may be to reach for the bleach, but I prefer to use something a little gentler. I suggest mixing 1/4 cup of baking soda with an equivalent amount of water. Add this solution to your machine’s detergent container.

    2. Bring out the vinegar.

    Pour two cups of white vinegar into the drum, then run a normal cycle at high heat—without any clothes, of course.

    The baking soda and vinegar should break up any residue stuck to your drum and kill any mold that might be present. They’ll also help remove any foul odors.

    3. Scrub away any remaining grime.

    If stubborn spots remain, attack them with the rough side of a kitchen sponge and a mixture of one part white vinegar, one part water. Ta-dah, good as new!

    You can repeat this cleaning method once a month for maintenance if you’d like, or try some other odor prevention techniques.

    How to keep your front-loader fresh

    Your washer is finally free of nasty odors, and you want to keep it that way. But how?

    1. Break up with your old detergent.

    If you own a front-loader, you should always use detergents made for high-efficiency machines. Normal detergents simply produce more suds than your front-loader can handle; less suds means less scum for stinky lifeforms to cling to. Liquid fabric softener is also off-limits for front-loading washing machines, so do yourself a favor and ditch it.

    2. Keep the drum dry

    Once you’ve got the soap situation under control, it’s time to make sure the drum doesn’t stay damp for long periods of time. Always remove your laundry promptly after the cycle ends, and be sure to leave the door open when it’s not in use, so the moisture can escape.

    You can also run a fan in the room where your washer lives to improve airflow, and consider investing in a dehumidifier. Remember: You don't want bacteria or mold to feel at home here, and nothing invites bad smells quite like wet, stagnant heat.

    3. Clean the gasket.

    Even with the correct detergent and anti-humidity efforts, there's no guarantee your washer drum won't develop some mold-friendly buildup. The rubber seal around the doors is especially problematic, so you should regularly remove any debris you see trapped in the gasket and wipe it down with a cleaning solution made of one part white vinegar and one part water.

    Finally, be sure to dispose of any lint that may have accumulated in your machine’s drain trap filter. Once a week should do the trick.

  • It’s probably oil. Try dabbing on some dish soap and let it sit for a few hours before washing it again

  • Johnavallance82
    on Nov 10, 2020


    Maybe your water is hard and or you used too much Wash powder, or Your machine needs to be de -calcified. ( use Calgon in the machine) and do a wash without clothes. Hope that helps!

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Nov 10, 2020

    Cleaning washer may help. Are you getting rust from faucets? If so, then professional evaluation may be needed. New high efficiency washers also should use special detergent and not too much.

  • Maura White
    Maura White
    on Nov 10, 2020

    Are they rust colored? You may have iron in your water. Try using Iron Out and see if stains come out. Here is the product:

  • Dee
    on Nov 10, 2020

    Clean your washer with bleach and baking soda in the hottest water you can. Then run a good rinse to get rid of any residue left from the bleach. Dry with a microfiber cloths and you should be good to go.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Nov 11, 2020

    I'd take a close look at your washer drum to see if there is any rust or perhaps try a different soap. Sometimes those soap pods won't disintegrate perfectly and will leave some soap stains.

  • Morgan McBride
    Morgan McBride
    on Nov 11, 2020

    Try scrubbing with dawn dish soap

  • Betsy
    on Nov 11, 2020

    Hi Madison: What colour are your stains? Try using a cup of vinegar in your load, warm water to lighten the stains. Also, maybe use a clear detergent, and make sure that your clothes are the same colour, like all whites, darks, reds, etc. It could be that one of your articles is shedding some colour. Also,make sure that there are no rusty parts in your washer,

    Check these sites:

    Good luck

  • Simple Nature Decor
    Simple Nature Decor
    on Nov 11, 2020

    Try using oxiclean it works for me it comes in spray and powder

  • Tawny Leste-Carlson
    Tawny Leste-Carlson
    on Nov 14, 2020

    If you use Borax, I discovered that unless its COMPLETELY dissolved before you put your clothes in the washer, it leaves awful stains that won't come out, which is ironic considering its supposed to get stains OUT not put them IN. My son and hubby kept accusing me of wrecking their clothes ~ putting bleach on some, motor oil on some and I have always prided myself on my laundering abilities! Why would I pour bleach in a load of darks? Why would I pour motor oil on ANYTHING?! I finally figured out that pouring the Borax in AFTER the clothes were in the washer was the problem. GRRRRRR

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