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Brown streaks on white clothing in front loading washing machine

We have a Whirlpool Duet front loading washer. Our white clothes often come out of the washer with a brown streak on them. What is causing this? Many of my clothes are ruined.

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More than likly it is coming from the dryer. get a paper towel or a towel and run it between the inside of the drum and the front where they come together. stick it through the slot and run around the drum. do the front then do the back see if you see the same streaks. and let me know thanks

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