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What Causes Black Deposits on Clothes

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By Chrisw200

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After washing there is black residue left on clothing which looks like paper. If you wipe if off it smears but when dried it flakes off. I use powdered soap for washing and liquid softener. I have cleaned machine several time with Scalex which seems to help but then it keeps happening again in a week or 2. any advice would be very appreciative.

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No stain. After washing there is black residue left on clothing which looks like paper. If you wipe if off it smears but when dried it flakes off. I use powdered soap for washing and liquid softener. I have tried changing powder and softener but to no avail. I have cleaned machine several time with Scalex which seems to help but then it keeps happening again in a week or 2. Any advice would be very appreciative.

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  • No stain. After washing there is black residue left on clothing which looks like paper. If you wipe if off it smears but when dried it flakes off. I use powdered soap for washing and liquid softener. I have tried changing powder and softener but to no avail. I have cleaned machine several time with Scalex which seems to help but then it keeps happening again in a week or 2. Any advice would be very appreciative.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

It sounds like you have a water problem. The black flakes are caused by mineral deposits and probably the powdered detergent you are using. The detergent is not dissolving completely in the water. First, you must identify your water issues. Have your water tested by a professional company or your local health department.

When you get the results, you will know how to condition your water for better cleaning results. You should also switch to a liquid detergent or completely dissolve your powdered detergent in a jar of hot water before adding it to the washer. Your washer should also be cleaned thoroughly each month.

Good luck!

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