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Top 10 laundry blunders

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Tissue in the washer? Check. White socks turned pink? Been there, done that. Orphaned socks? Yup. Even laundry veterans have to deal with laundry bloopers every now and then. Read on to discover the top 10 laundry blunders and find out how to avoid them.

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1Shrinkage

Setting the washer too hot or leaving your favorite sweater in the dryer too long can result in shrinkage. To restore it closer to its original size, add three tablespoons of hair conditioner to a bucket of room temperature water. Soak the sweater for about five minutes before gently stretching the fibers and reshaping. Lay it on a towel to dry.

2Forgetting clothes in the dryer

This is one of the most common laundry mistakes. If you neglect your clothes in the dryer for too long, they'll most likely be too wrinkled to wear. For a quick fix, put the load back in the dryer with a damp towel.

3Not reading directions

Always read the directions on your laundry products and on the clothing you're treating. Neglecting to do so can result in shrunken, faded, or damaged garments.

4Losing socks

Socks have a way of disappearing into the mysterious black hole of your dryer. Protect them by loading socks in mesh bags. If you do find orphans, keep a basket in the laundry room to store them in until you locate their mate.

5Using too much detergent

Most Americans pour way too much laundry detergent into their washing machines, resulting in dingy clothing and worn out machines. Be sure to read the directions on the detergent so you know how much to use for your particular machine. High efficiency machines tend to use less detergent than standard machines.

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