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What Causes White Residue on Washed Clothes?

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White residue is appearing on clothes very noticeable on darks after washing. Do not know where this is coming from.

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White residue is appearing on clothes very noticeable on darks after washing. Do not know where this is coming from.White residue is appearing on clothes very noticeable on darks after washing. Do not know where this is coming from.White residue is appearing on clothes very noticeable on darks after washing. Do not know where this is coming from.

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  • I haven't done anything because I'm not sure what is causing the problem.

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

That is troublesome and there are three culprits to eliminate - first is undissolved detergent. If you are using a powdered laundry detergent, always put it in the washer first as the washer fills and then add the clothes. The same goes for liquid laundry detergent.

If you have a washer with an automatic detergent dispenser, it may be clogged with lumps of detergent (even liquid lumps) that are not dissolving. To remedy this problem, heat some distilled white vinegar and pour it into the dispenser then run a wash cycle with no laundry to clear it out.

The second culprit could be fabric softener. Again, make sure to never pour it directly on clothes. And, if you have a dispenser, clean it as you would the detergent dispenser.

The third culprit is lint. Most new washers have a lint filter similar to the one on your dryer. You should clean it thoroughly. I have an article about the best way to get rid of lint in the washer.

Good luck!

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