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Mysterious Grease Spots on Clothes? Blame the Dryer

By February 11, 2011

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One of the most asked questions here at About Laundry is "What causes mystery grease spots on my clothes?" The problem most often appears when the clothes are taken out of the dryer - there are the grease spots!

Most likely the spots are not really grease; they are stains from the dryer sheet. Learn what to do to remove the spots and how to prevent them.


February 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm
(1) starrpoint says:

I did not know this. I know you should not pour fabric softener onto the clothes themselves, but I did not realize the dryer sheets etc could cause spotting.

February 20, 2011 at 8:50 am
(2) laundry says:

The dryer cloths cause problems if the dryer is overloaded and they can’t move about freely. Fortunately, you can usually get the spots off by pretreating and rewashing your clothes…..Still a time and energy waster!

March 27, 2013 at 9:48 am
(3) jane armstrong says:

I have a new washer and an old dryer. The dryer was serviced recently and found to be ok. I quit using dryer sheets and now use the dryer balls (which don’t work either), and I still am getting “grease” spots on my clothing out of the dryer. What is it?

March 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm
(4) laundry says:

If your dryer has been serviced and found with no problems, the stains are probably on the clothes before washing. After drying the oily areas become more prominent. Carefully inspect and pretreat all stains before washing.

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