For the last few years, we have had problems with spots on our clothing and towels. It’s like the fabric has been faded or bleached out in random spots on the towels and the collar area on t-shirts. It has also happened on our sheets. This happens with dark colored fabrics only. I use Clorox bleach for colors with the ALL clean & clear.
I can’t figure out what is causing it. Just recently I had a dark brown towel develop spots of almost a reddish color on them. Do you think it’s a combination of the detergents, or maybe there is something wrong with the washer? I wash everything in warm water. This has been going on for at least 5 years and I can’t figure it out.
Interesting question. While I see that you use Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster, do you also use Clorox® Regular Bleach2 in your white loads?
Dark colors (especially cotton) are very susceptible to oxidation due to the type of dyes and the manufacturing process (often just padded on). This is the reason for the recommendation that darks be washed separately (first time and every time) due to their bleeding potential, and why after several washes, one notes the color fades from the original. It’s unlikely the detergent is the reason for your problem as they are all made with similar ingredients.
From your description, it sounds like the spots are bleach marks which can be caused by several scenarios: