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How can I get a mysterious pink stain out of my washing machine?!

I keep getting this stain on clothes AFTER they come out of the washing machine. It looks like hot pink ink or magic marker or tye dye. It's happened 3 times! Its always on white clothes too! And its always just one garmet each time that gets stained. I ran an empty load with vinegar. Happened again. Then I ran an empty load with baking soda, happened again. Then I had hubby tear apart washer and he found only lint. What's going on? I wash at least 3 loads a day and never had a problem! This has been going on for about 3 weeks. I'm afraid some clothing will really get ruined.

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Asked by SweetLoveofMine at 1:23 AM on Jul. 31, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • hmm have you tried a load w/ lots of bleach and oxi clean? I really don't know about much of the machines thimselves

    Answer by Topgunmommy at 1:26 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • I haven't no. I read online though that it could be a chemical reaction. Doesn't make sense though. I don't use fabric softener or any other additives. Just All free and clear. Been using it only for over a year.

    Comment by SweetLoveofMine (original poster) at 1:30 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Tide (as well as other brands) have a washing machine cleaner. You are supposed to use it once a month to prevent mold in hidden areas. You might try that for this issue also.

    Answer by sherribeare at 2:12 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • It sounds like a chemical reaction to me, but I have no idea what I'd do about it.

    Answer by SWasson at 6:53 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • I have had the same problem. It looks like pink highlighter marks or sometimes it comes out bright purple, like ink. I only comes out on white clothes. I ruined my sheets the other day! I'll post an answer if I find anything, good luck!

    Answer by MM89 at 4:27 PM on Apr. 22, 2012

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