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canamharris
« on: October 18, 2012 01:27:21 PM »

I'm a pre-washer of fabrics. Its what my Grandma taught me to do. The other day I came home with some cheap green broadcloth to use on my son's dinosaur costume for Halloween. I threw it in the wash like normal. Today I went to cut into it and noticed that there are spots all over it now! It looks like oil stains but I doubt its oil. (I haven't washed anything oiley in my washer lately and have recently cleaned the sucker too!)

It seems like this has been happening to me lately and I don't know why!! Anyone have any suggestions or thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2012 02:55:15 PM »

I can't help you with your washing issue, but spots on a dinosaur would look very authentic for your son's costume.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012 04:25:37 PM »

the only thing i can think of would be....is there a tube of chapstick or lip palm in the washer or dryer??
my daughter was good for leaving them in her pants pockets when she was a teenager and she did
here OWN laundry so she ruined MANY things back then.....
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canamharris
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012 04:34:25 PM »

the only thing i can think of would be....is there a tube of chapstick or lip palm in the washer or dryer??
my daughter was good for leaving them in her pants pockets when she was a teenager and she did
here OWN laundry so she ruined MANY things back then.....

haven't washed any chapstick on accident recently. We only moved into this house a month and a half ago. But when we moved in I gave the washer a a really good wash.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why this happens periodically! (and usually to fabric that is a solid color)

Thankfully this fabric was just for the tail of his costume and your right, spots on a dino tail are ok!! (but I don't know what I'll do with the remaining .5 mtrs that have spots and were just for my stash!)
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012 12:27:24 PM »

You have to determine whether it's coming from the washer or the dryer. Washing machines can in fact leak motor fluid at times, in which case you might have a repair to do. If the culprit is fabric softener, you might want to switch brands. Not all washers are created equal, so maybe the washer you use now can't handle the brand you use. If it's the dryer, you might have something invisible stuck to the drum - could be anything in there.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012 01:30:23 PM »

I know this happens to dress shirts when I use a bit too much detergent and the spots are actually soap stains.  Did you try washing it again? That worked for me! Smiley
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steiconi
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2012 07:39:32 PM »

I had a similar problem when my washer was dying.  Something developed a crack and leaked oil on the clothes.  We finally replaced the washer, but maybe yours could be repaired...
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