Don't fret over a stained blouse -- these laundry blunders might be easier to fix than you think.
PROBLEM #1: The colors from one item bled into another.
THE FIX: Wash the stained item again, by itself, in warm water with detergent and color-safe bleach, or try washing it with Good Houskeeping Research Institute pick Carbona Color Run Remover ($3, carbona.com), which safely eliminates dye transfer.
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PROBLEM #2: There are bits of tissue everywhere.
THE FIX: Before taking out the load, rewash it with a dose of fabric softener added to the final rinse. Pull off whatever you can by hand, then tumble-dry the load (the dryer's lint filter will capture much of the stuff). Use a dry scrub sponge to remove any remaining stubborn specks.
PROBLEM #3: You smell (or see) mildew.
THE FIX: If your clothes have a sour smell (or, worse, black spots) from having been left in the