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Top 10 laundry blunders

Kristin Chessman is a freelance writer, editor and mom from Southern California with a passion for travel, fashion, Disney, the beach, Italian food and all-things celebrity. Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinChessman.

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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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6Sorting errors

Poor sorting can turn your nautical-striped shirt into a tie-dyed nightmare. Purchase three laundry baskets to help you properly separate your darks, whites, and colors before loading them into the washer.

7Forgetting to empty pockets and close zippers

Be sure to check pockets for lipsticks, tissues, and coins while you sort. Also, remember to close zippers and hooks to prevent snagging.

8Overstuffing machines

We know what you're thinking, "Just one more pair of jeans and I'll start this load!" Don't do it! Overstuffing washing machines can actually result in dirtier clothes, or even a broken washer.

9Forgetting stain remover

Once a stain feels the heat of the dryer, it's set, and much harder to remove. Opt for a stain stick or stain remover spray to pretreat, or use an in-wash stain remover to catch the stains you miss.

10Mildew smells

You started a load of laundry before running some errands only to return home to a nasty, sour smell. Oops! Your clothes were left in the washer too long. To remove the odor, re-wash the clothes with a dose of bleach for whites, or color safe bleach for colors.

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