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Washer recently started turning my sage colored towels gold

My Maytag washer recently started turning my sage colored towels gold! I have not changed detergents (have used a plant-based one for several years now) or fabric softener (use Downy Free and Clear) and I do not use bleach. Any ideas?

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You have hard water think about putting a filter in line before it goes into the washer or the whole house,

Posted on May 30, 2009

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    gary miller May 30, 2009

    you have hard water think about putting a filter in line before it goes into the washer or the whole house,

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