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Water spots on clothing, especially cottens

I've had my duet washer/dryer for 6 months and I have started getting water spots on my scrubs and other cottens that don't seem to want to come out, even with stain remover. I add the detergent and fabric softener at the beginning of the cycle. Anybody else having this problem?

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  • Kimstreb Dec 15, 2008

    Have the same problem...ruining clothes...they won't come out!

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Have you done monthly washer cleaning? If not, run a load, no clothes, with bleach in the dispenser, hottest setting.

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