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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 07:41 AM
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can fabric softener leave spots - or even stain fabrics?
Ran a new set of sheets, eucalyptus green, through the wash yesterday, and they came out with splotches & spots all over them. :wtf: I always use liquid fabric softener. The washer has a space for it - you pour it in a hole in the top of the agitator and it releases it during the rinse. But I have seen spots on other things before (like my fabulous no-iron shirts from Nordies! :mad:) and it's just occurred to me that it might be the fabric softener.
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 07:44 AM
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1. Maybe your fabric softener dispenser is not working properly.
Have someone check it for you. Or, maybe you need to change brands of fabric softener.
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MemphisTiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 07:46 AM
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2. Yes it can leave stains
sounds like some spilled on your sheets when you were pouring in the softener or it is not working properly.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 07:49 AM
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3. Yes it can
You can use a liquid detergent or a bar of soap to rub into the stains. They usually wash out though. It sounds odd, maybe the washer needs to be looked at.
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artfan Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 07:49 AM
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4. yes
fabric softener needs to be added when there is water in the machine
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 07:59 AM
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5. THANK YOU ALL
I had no idea. Forty-two frikin' years old and you'd think I would know such things.
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:06 AM
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6. We have one of those dispensers and they tend to get gunky inside
pretty quickly. You might removing the top portion (it should unscrew or just pop off) and thoroughly clean it.
I got tired of the gunk, so I started using one of those Downey ball dispensers. Works like a charm, since you toss it in at the start of the wash and it seems to magically know when to open for the rinse -- plus, the benefit of being able to add a little water to the softener in the ball so you don't have to worry about spots.

Be careful with dryer softener sheets, also, since they too can leave spots (found out the hard way).
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:07 AM
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7. Those little balls really work?
Edited on Mon Aug-08-05 08:08 AM by bertha katzenengel
I bought one once and I think I used it once. That's what usually happens to gadgets when I get my hands on them.

Ultimately I put a little catnip in it and it made a terrific cat toy. Clunky, but the boys seemed to like it. ;)

Edit: thanks for the advice. The washer's due for a good cleaning anyway.
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:25 AM
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9. Yep, they do -- it's magic, I think.
How else would it know when to open?
(note to science types/smart people: please don't disabuse me, I like having mini-mysteries in my life!!)
:-)
I never thought about using them for a cat toy -- I bet our troop would get a kick out of it, too.
Thanks for the idea, and hope it works for you!
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mourningdove92 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 08:22 AM
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8. Are you using Downey Wrinkle Free stuff?
That product is notorious for staining you clothes.

A little stain remover product will remove it.
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