July 28, 2008,
L.K. asks from Clinton Township, MI on July 18, 2008
Weird Brown Marks on My Clothes Coming Out of the Dryer!
I'm not sure if this is happening in the washer or dryer, but when I take my clothes out of the dryer, several pieces have these brown, almost burn-like, marks on them. I've been unsuccessful in getting them out, too, so it's totally ruining my stuff! Any idea what this is, why it's happening, or how to fix it??? As always, I really appreciate your help!
So What Happened?™
Thanks to all you awesome ladies that responded! I did a little research to find out if it was happening in the washer or the dryer and it seems that my clothing is getting stuck in the drum of the dryer and getting burned, so I need to have that fixed. Great info, ladies - thanks again!
P.W. answers from Benton Harbor on July 28, 2008
this exact thing happened to me as well. They are actually scortch marks and won't come out. Unfortunately, I had to buy a new dryer:(
S.H. answers from Grand Rapids on July 18, 2008
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M.V. answers from Detroit on July 19, 2008
Well to give you a different perspective, I had the same thing happening and it took me a LONG time to figure out that the problem was in the washing machine. I had acquired a small rust mark at the bottom of the washer that started under the lip of the agitator and when I did my clothes and let them finish overnight, the clothes that laid on the rust mark acquired the mark on the shirt. There was no way for me to wash it out, nor does it get any lighter. I have found that I simply cannot leave clothes in my washer overnight (unless they're black!) if I don't want to have a permanent mark on them. Good Luck with all the answers you've received!
D.K. answers from Kalamazoo on July 19, 2008
Hi, years ago I noticed dark, grease like marks on our clothes. It was the washer's belt disintergating and throwing specks into the water. I got the washer fixed and it's never happened since. Try Rit stain remover--that stuff is great! Good luck. Denise
C.B. answers from Detroit on July 19, 2008
I went through this a few years ago with my dryer. Not brown, but black. I kept checking to see if there was a pen or crayon left in there. NOT. I was going nuts! Turns out that either it was a belt that was old and creating smear marks, or part of the motor that was tossing some grease or oil about.
Hubby looked into it, managed to figure it out, fixed it, and voila! No more marks on the clothes.
So for now, don't use your dryer till the problem is taken care of. Wash your stuff at home if you will, but I'd suggest going to the laundrymat to dry. They'll work faster too as they're larger capacity.
A.B. answers from Grand Rapids on July 19, 2008
I know what you are saying. My dryer was doing the same thing. After awhile it started making a loud sweeking noise, so my husband took it apart and found that part of the heating coil was getting to hot, and you could see that it was burning the back of the dryer (both inside & outside). I think what was happening is that the clothes would get stuck on between the drum and the opening while in the dryer and with the heating coil buring to hot, it was buring my clothes. Needless to say, we bought a new dryer. I'm thankful it was making a sweeking sound. It forced us to take apart the dryer to see what the problem was before it caught fire and ruined more then just our clothes.
J.R. answers from Saginaw on July 19, 2008
I asked my husband about your problem and he said it sounds like your drum may be out of line and this is causing your clothes to get stuck. He said that you probably need a new drum but since these can get expensive in replacing them it is probably better to just get a new dryer.
M.A. answers from Detroit on July 19, 2008
I'm not sure what may be causing the brown marks-I hope it isn't actual burn marks, or you could have a dryer that is failing and could be dangerous. For the brown spots, you might try Shaklee's Nature Bright laundry booster. It works better than Oxiclean or anything else and is all natural and nontoxic. Also take your lint filter out of your dryer and hold it under some running water. If the water pools on the filter, you are getting a build up from you laundry products that is obstructing the air flow, and this needs to be scrubbed off periodically. My friend knew someone that almost burned their house down because the air flow was blocked and the heater unit burned out. Most laundry products are petroleum based and contain chemicals that remain on your clothing (like on the lint filter) and are absorbed through your skin. I use Shaklee plant based, safe laundry products, and when I held my lint filter under the water, the water flowed right through. Tide, All, Gain, and Dash contain 1-4 dioxane, which is a human carcinogen (causes cancer). 1-4 dioxane is also in many baby washes- Disney Clean as Can Bee, Gerber Grins and Giggles, Huggie's Natural Baby Care, Johnson's Kids Shampoo, Sesame Street Wet Wild, Scooby Doo, etc.---you get the idea. I have a complete list if you would like me to mail it to you. I also love Shaklee's recyclable paper dryer sheet- they work great and I use them 4-6 times and then recycle the paper--no harmful chemicals, no static cling. I just like informing people about the hazards of household products, as you have a young child, and I have 3 beautiful grandchildren that need protection from chemicals. Suggested viewing--"Toxic Brew" a Canadian (CBC) investigative report on household products can be viewed online at www.theglobalsuccessteam.net click on Toxic Brew icon upper right.
I hope that some of this is helpful. I live in Davison- where are you? I would love to find out more about your business- I have always been fascinated with the lampwork beads. I am a retired dental hygienist and my business is all about 'green'- yes, I am a Shaklee distributor, because once I started using them, I fell in love with them (just like Oprah) and I want to spread the word about safer choices and products.
Take care and let me know if I can help you in any way.
Green goes with everything,
S.H. answers from Grand Rapids on July 18, 2008
It could be iron or rust build up from the water. Sorry, don't know how to fix that once it's there. I know a way to prevent it is this stuff found in the detergent aisle...i think it's called Calgon, but wait, isn't that the name of the bubble bath stuff?
R.S. answers from Detroit on July 18, 2008
I have this problem when our water softener is out of salt. I have hubby refill the salt and then use Shout on the stains and they always come out. I hope this helps.