I’ve been wearing t-shirts for most of my life, which means I’ve also been washing and drying them for most of my life. How many! Through all that time, I’ve learned a lot about keeping t-shirts looking good and intact (instead of shrinking or fading). Here are the things I’ve picked up along the way:
Wash t-shirts inside out to protect the print, and turn over any appliqués.
Here’s another important point: wash t-shirts inside out to protect the print. The most common way of damaging a t-shirt is by washing it inside out, but that’s also the easiest way to prevent it from happening. This can damage the print in two ways: firstly, when you turn your shirt over after removing it from the machine and before drying it, you risk stretching or tearing the appliqués—which can happen even if you’re careful! Secondly, washing in hot water causes any ink on top of your t-shirt (or any other garment) to bleed into your wash cycle or dryer, which will make whatever image appears on your clothing look much less vibrant than when you first purchased it. If there’s nothing printed on top of a shirt that you want to preserve for as long as possible (say, an image from a movie), then feel free not only to go ahead and do so without worrying about ruining anything; otherwise just be safe by following these tips!
Use a mild detergent that doesn’t contain bleach.
You can use a gentle detergent on your T-shirt, but avoid any that contains bleach.
You also want to avoid fabric softeners, dryer sheets and anything else with a scent or extra chemicals (that goes for your detergent too).
If you do your laundry in a machine that has an agitator (also known as a “top load” washer), be sure to place the T-shirt in the center of the drum so it doesn’t get twisted around other clothing during agitation.
Wash in cold water as clothing will last longer and keep its color.
There are several reasons why washing in cold water is the best way to go. First, it’s better for your t-shirt and the environment. The hotter the water, the more energy you’re using to heat it up and then cool down again. Plus, a hot wash can cause shrinkage—a problem if you love a loose fit or want to wear your t-shirts over leggings or sweatpants. Shrinkage also means less material available to absorb moisture, which could lead to staining (it’s amazing how much sweat can leave behind). All that aside, some people argue that cold water actually has an anti-wrinkle effect on cotton; since it doesn’t soak up as much liquid as warm or hot water does before drying out completely (some say this happens because there’s less friction between fibers), the fabric dries faster without any wrinkles forming in its wake!
Don’t forget to zip zippers before putting them into the machine.
Don’t forget to zip zippers before putting them into the machine. Zippers can get caught in the washing machine and be pulled apart, ruining the t-shirt. Zippers can get caught in the dryer and ruin the t-shirt. Zippers can get caught in both and ruin both! It’s all bad news for your T-shirt unless you zip all those zippers before washing or drying it.
Air dry t-shirts instead of using a dryer, which can add to shrinking and fading.
It’s a good idea to air dry your t-shirts instead of putting them in the dryer. Drying t-shirts in the dryer can cause shrinkage, fading, creasing, wrinkling and pilling. It’s also not necessary for most shirts—if you wash them at home and hang them up to air dry it will preserve their shape and color for far longer than throwing it into an active tumble dryer.
In order to keep your t-shirt looking like new as long as possible:
- Wash by hand or on cold
- Gently squeeze excess water out of shirt with hands before hanging up to dry
- Don’t use fabric softener or bleach! It will build up over time which could lead to discoloration
It’s relatively easy to wash a t-shirt without ruining it, but you have to be careful.
Washing a t-shirt is not as simple as throwing it in the washing machine and setting the cycle. There are a few things you need to remember in order to ensure that your shirt comes out looking great.
- Wash inside out—This is probably the most important tip of all because turning your shirt inside out will help prevent fading and stretching due to abrasion from other clothes. Also, washing inside out in cold water is better for preserving color than hot water (which may cause some dyes on fabrics like cotton)
- Use no bleach—Bleaching can ruin colored T-shirts by causing them to fade faster than normal or break down entirely. It’s also important not use fabric softener since this will clog up your washer over time with buildup which could lead to major problems down the line like mold growth or worse yet: death!
- Don’t use dryer sheets – Dryer sheets contain chemicals that can damage both synthetic fibers as well as natural ones such as cotton. These chemicals build up over time making them less effective at what they were designed for–keeping clothes soft! Soaking clothes overnight instead would be more beneficial because then when they go into dryer after soaking for long enough time period (like 8 hours), moisture content gets reduced meaning less drying time required which saves energy costs too 🙂
So did you learn how to wash a t-shirt without ruining it? We hope so because this is one of the most common questions we get asked. And we know that you want your clothes to last as long as possible so they can be worn for years to come!