How to care about T-shirts

T-shirts are the most popular garment in the world. You probably own at least five of them, and you should wash them on a weekly basis. You should have a washing machine – and it might seem easy enough to follow the instructions on the tag. But it’s common to make a simple mistake and ruin your T-shirt forever. Just to be sure, print the following list and pin it near your washing machine – especially if you’re just starting to live on your own.

  • If your shirt has a print on it, turn it inside out before washing and drying.
  • Wash cotton shirts in 30C cold water and if you have to machine dry them, use the medium dryer temperature.
  • The laundry shouldn’t be too long, not above an hour. If the t-shirts are new they should not soak in the water for more than 30 minutes.
  • Separate the white shirts from the color shirts. Red shirts might run and dye the whites.
  • It’s best to hand wash the shirt manually since the machine might damage the print. If you handwash them, don’t rub too hard, since it also could damage the print on the shirts.
  • Before you rinse, add some liquid softener and deodorizer to protect the fabric and give it a nice fresh smell. If you have some problems with clothes moths, use lavender.
  • After rinsing, dry them inside out. If you sun-dry them outside, remember that the strong sunlight can make colors and prints on your T-shirts fade.
  • Don’t hang your shirts by the neck or arms, because this will stretch them. Fold them in half instead. Often you don’t have to iron the T-shirts but iron them inside out. This might help make your shirt more durable.
  • Don’t use bleach even on white t-shirts because it contains chemicals that can cause the fading and peeling of the shirt.

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