I've read that Fabric Softener the liquid kind can put spots on clothes as well. Many women have called manufacturers requesting answers on how to remove the stains and the customer service rep just asks how much the clothes are worth and sends a check. Apparently this is extremely common. In my research I've found that if these people use half or a quarter of a dryer sheet and do not use the hottest setting, the stains aren't as prominent. I'm still never going to use dryer sheets again unless I can find a product that won't ruin my clothes.
Just chiming in here with my experiences:
1. It is a well known fact that hot water sets stains. I always spray stains as soon as I can and let the garment sit in a tub of water until you're going to do laundry. I never use hot water for laundry.
2. When I got the grease spots, it was the first sign that the transmission in the washing machine was going....what the spots were was transmission fluid. The solution, unfortunately, was to buy a new machine. The value of the machine deteriorates as time goes on, and the value of the machine needs to be weighed against the cost of the repair. They all wear out eventually............
Hope this is helpful.
Buglover, I had the same problem a couple of years ago with the spots. I switched to Bounce perfume and dye free dryer sheets and that really helped. Then when a few spots were still showing up, I did some more research and read complaints about liquids with built in softeners causing spots. I use All free and clear liquid with oxy, along with the dye free dryer sheets and I haven't seen a spot for a really long time now. I hadn't thought about the transmission going bad and that could be the problem in your case if nothing else helps. My machine is pretty old so if I do start seeing the spots again then I can use it as my excuse to get a new washer, especially if the stains show up on my husbands work clothes. :laugh
I stopped using softener, completely, years ago. No spots. I don't really find that I miss the softener. That is one gimmick that I find I can do without.
I dont' think I get the spots either. After having to line dry everything with an overly zealous energy scrooge of an ex, when I got divorced and started using a dryer and softener the kids were in heaven. No more stiff as boards towels and jeans. Everything smells so good. Sometimes it's a matter of chosing your battles and knowing what simple things make you happy.
I don't have any problems with stiffness, but maybe my water is not of the type that causes stiffness? I am glad as heck not to have to buy fabric softner. I used to, but I think that was more about the fact that it was on the shelf, commercials, and everybody else was using it.
I don't use dryer sheets after being told br a repair man, that the stuff builds up and can cause damage to the machine. They also make towels less absorbent. I am making my own laundry detergent and dishwasher powder now. I can control the fragrance in the laundry soap too. I read the average family spends about $700 a year on this stuff. I spent $8 for the ingredients for both and have a 4-6 month supply. The laundry soap is slighty more work, but not much and can be used in the newer machines. No extra additives for sensitive skin or bad stuff to mess up the environment. It makes 3 gallons of liquid, so I saved the last detergent bottle I bought and refill it. $8 is what I pay for one bottle. I'm so impressed and love saving money. Also switching to other cleaning products and cutting costs.
I do use dryer sheets, but never in a load of towels; it does, indeed, make towels less absorbent.
I congratulate you, MRD, on making your own laundry detergent and dishwasher powder. Care to share your "recipes?"