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Same thing I also have brown spots and streaks on light colored clothes, and I cannot tell it if comes from my Kenmore washer or dryer. Please help!

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Liquid fabric softners usually cause spots and/or marks on light colored clothing . If you rewash the clothing and the marks dissapear , then try using dryer sheets instead . However , if you have an older dryer , then clothing could be getting rubbed between the rear drum seal and panel , but that would cause streaks but no spotting .

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