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My Kenmore Elite HE2 is leaving marks on clothes - kind of like a streak of beige/brown. I used to happen occasionally, but now it is happening regularly and ruining clothes as the marks are difficult to impossible to get out.

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  • bradshawhome Aug 01, 2009

    I do use fabric softener, but rewashing does not remove the stains. If I use a toothbrush, which is hard on some of the fabrics, and Tide or Dawn, sometimes I can get the stain out. It has to be scrubbed. I read some other blog and I plan to use some type of washer cleaner. I did notice after looking that there is scum on the edge of the stainless tub. I clean the rubber around the door regularly, but didn't notice the tub before last night. I appreciate the feedback.

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Are you using a liquid fabric softner ? If so , rewashing the clothing may remove the marks . Use dryer sheets (softner) instead .

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