Weird lint (i guess) problem
I wash my casual tops (cotton mostly) in cold or cool water, usually on the gentle cycle. Then I do an extra rinse cycle. I don't overload the washing machine, and I use a color/scent-free liquid detergent (currently it's All, before that probably Arm & Hammer). I hang all my tops on a drying rack in the guest bedroom's bath.
A couple months ago, I noticed that some of the shirts came out of the wash with tiny pieces of lint or some such residue on the top of the arms -- as if you started a line at the neck, followed it along the shoulder line and went down the arm about halfway.
Always in the same place.
These are colored shirts, no whites. No fabric softener. The lint is white-ish gray, so I can't pin the blame on a specific item in the wash.
So I decided to try turning the shirts inside out to see what would happen. After the shirts were dry, I turned them inside out and -- again. There were the little trails of lint.
What's my solution to this -- anyone?
I do wash a lot of navy cotton pants that tend to collect some short dog hairs, but the stuff on the shirts isn't hairy. So I'm perplexed! I don't think I noticed any of this happening in the past; the machine is about 4 years old, and it's a regular top-loader from Sears.
Is there just lint between the tub and the washing-machine frame that I need to clear out with a vinegar wash or something similar?
This inside-out situation is really bugging me -- just can't figure it out!