12 laundry mistakes you're probably making

Story highlightsTreat a stain as soon as you can, and dab rather than rub the areaIn a top-loader washer, put in clothes, then water, then soapMost items that say "dry-clean" can be hand-washed and air-driedRunning back-to-back dryer loads is more efficient than waitingAre you using too much detergent? Overloading the washer? Overdoing the bleach? Find out the answers to these questions and more, and pick up some smart laundry tips in the bargain.

Mistake 1: Rubbing stains furiously

This can make the stain worse and possibly wear away the fabric. Instead, be gentle and methodical. Treat the stain as soon as you can; the less time that elapses, the more success you'll have. And