The Mystery of the Blue Spots: Why do my clothes get stains in the wash?
October 18, 2013 3:04 PM Subscribe
In the last few weeks, blue stains have shown up on my daughter's shirts after washing them. They weren't there before I washed the clothes. They don't show up on anyone else's clothes. I can't get them out. Any ideas about how to get the stains out and how to prevent other shirts from getting stained?
posted by TEA to home & garden (12 answers total)
A little more info:
I wash all of our family's laundry together. The spots only show up on my daughter's tops (shirts/sweaters).
Laundry is sorted into lights and darks.
The tops are all 100% cotton.
My daughter is a preschooler, and it's pretty typical that she gets her shirts messy, but none of these blue spots were on her shirts when they went into the washer.
The spots have all shown up on the front or cuffs of the shirts--prime spots for my daughter to get something on them. No spots on the backs of shirts.
Google tells me that greasy stains that appear after washing might be due to a problem with the machine, but these stains aren't greasy. They're just blue spots.
I was using Purex free and clear until a few weeks ago. Spots started appearing after I started using Seventh Generation free and clear.
I do the wash in cold water.
OxyClean soaks in warm/hot water don't get these stains out.
OxyClean in the wash cycle doesn't prevent/undo these stains. (Realizing that this might be due to the cold water.)
It's a front-loading washer.
I'm thinking that my next step is to run the washer's pure cycle, which is supposed to remove mold from the machine (haven't seen any, but, hey, can't hurt, right?), and then try a load with Purex, OxyClean, and warm water, but I am a bit afraid to sacrifice another batch of her clothes to experiments.
Would be grateful for any help/advice/ideas you might have about how to save the affected shirts and/or how to prevent any more shirts from suffering the same fate.