I've encountered mysterious white stains on several sweat shirts. These sweatshirts are off white in color so these stains are not very noticeable, but they are quite annoying. I use Tide with a blue cap and Ultra Downy softener, and Shout.
If you used bleach in the load before that one (or even 2 loads back) the spots could be from a tiny bit of bleach being left in your machine. This happens to us, so we now wash another light colored load after every bleach load.
It's surprising how often this happens! I've seen several ThriftyFun posts asking about it. Just search ThriftyFun for the word "Bleach" if you want to read more about this problem.
Its your downy, fabric softener mixed with certain detergents and certain water chemistries (I live in you area) stains clothing bought almost two wardrobes worth of clothes before a friend told me what was up :) I miss my favorite pair of apple bottoms :(
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