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Old 02-26-2006, 08:04 PM   #1
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Angry Why does my washer leave orange stains on my clothes?

We bought a front-load Whirlpool Duet last summer. Brand new. Lately it's been leaving orange (and sometimes yellowish) stains on my clothes. We do not have rusty water.

What is this? And how do I get rid of this problem? Does anyone know?
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:11 PM   #2
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Is there maybe a crayon or lipstick or something stuck in it? I know I've found markers in my washing machine that were inking everything up.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:15 PM   #4
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The tub in your washer may have rusted on the other side that you can't see. I they are little orange circles, I am almost certain that is the problem. HTH
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The tub in your washer may have rusted on the other side that you can't see. I they are little orange circles, I am almost certain that is the problem. HTH

This was my first thought too. However the washer is new. That doean't rulle it out, but sure makes it less likely.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:36 PM   #6
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Is there maybe a crayon or lipstick or something stuck in it? I know I've found markers in my washing machine that were inking everything up.
No, we don't have any children and I hardly wear lipstick (let alone slip it in my pocket). This is very strange.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:38 PM   #7
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The tub in your washer may have rusted on the other side that you can't see. I they are little orange circles, I am almost certain that is the problem. HTH
No little circles, just random orange-colored smears. BAH! This is driving me nutty!
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:41 PM   #8
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I once had small red stains on a bunch of my clothing after a load of wash. I could not find anything in the machine or in any clothing pockets that may have caused it, and it never happened again. I figured something must have been left in a pocket that got completely disenegrated in the wash.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:41 PM   #9
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...oh crap, I really don't have a witty response to this. It's way too late tonight.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:43 PM   #10
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I once had small red stains on a bunch of my clothing after a load of wash. I could not find anything in the machine or in any clothing pockets that may have caused it, and it never happened again. I figured something must have been left in a pocket that got completely disenegrated in the wash.
The problem is, it's been happening for a few weeks now. It's a random stain, appearing mostly on cream-colored clothing, naturally.
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Old 02-26-2006, 08:49 PM   #11
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The problem is, it's been happening for a few weeks now. It's a random stain, appearing mostly on cream-colored clothing, naturally.
Old house/New house? It sounds like rust or sludge stains. Do you wash with hot/warm water? If so, your hot water heater may be the culprit. And of course, you won't see the stains on dark clothing.
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Old 03-02-2006, 05:50 AM   #13
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Do you use fabric softener in liquid form? We found out that is what was doing it to some of my clothes. No more fabric softener meant no more marks. I now go back to using the sheets instead. I can't remember where I was told about it, but I am pretty sure someone on the DIS made a comment before... I tried it and it's been a couple years since I've seen the stains! Part of the rubber rim is permanantly stained though... I lost quite a few favorite shirts thanks to the softener too
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Old 03-02-2006, 05:54 AM   #14
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Are you sure its the washer and not the dryer? I had a problem with my pretty new dryer. The seal around the edge of the drum was worn (probably from my teenagers overloading it), and clothing would sometimes get caught there when the dryer was spinning. They ended up with rusty colored streaks. Had the seal replaced and all has been well. I still miss some of the clothing that got ruined, though.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:46 AM   #15
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I lost several dress shirts because of the same problem. I would bet that a portion of the washer has rusted. Even if it's a small portion. We had the same problem, where t-shirts, socks and anything else that was light would have small orange stains on them. I finally tracked it down to the rim that bends over the drum itself. It had become rusted on the edge and underneath and each time that we would do a load of wash, with warm or hot water, the steam was make condensation on the lid and surrounding area and then it would drip down on to the clothes. The remedy? I found white appliance spray paint, sanded down the rusted area and painted it. Has been several months since we've found any stains. You may have to do some searching around for the culprit, but that's what it sounds like!!!
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