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What Causes Blue or Green Spots on Clothes

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By Kali

My Laundry Question

How do you stop clothing from getting green and blue splotches on them?

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Randomly an article of clothing will come out of the washer with bright green or blue splotches on it. It usually is only one or two pieces out of the whole load. I have replaced the washer for a different issue so I know it is not the washer. Also it isnt the dryer because clothes that have not been in the dryer are also stained. How do I fix this issue so I can stop ruining clothes...and once they have stains, can you get them out????

Please help!!!!

Lessons Learned

  • New washer (for another reason)
  • Only use All Free and Clear Detergent...nothing else in laundry

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

they are usually cotton t-shirts or hoodies, although it did happen to a swimsuit.

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

The spots are caused by a problem with your water supply - probably from the pipes used when the plumbing was installed. You have acid water. The minerals leached from the pipes are depositing on your clothing.

For white items, they can be cleaned with a weak bleach solution. For colored clothing,

Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool distilled water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

Good luck!

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