We all have that one favorite t-shirt that we love to wear. But what happens when that beloved t-shirt starts to shrink? Suddenly it’s too tight, too short, and just wears different. Here are some tips on how to avoid shrinking your favorite t-shirt.
Read the label and care instructions
Before you throw your t-shirt in the wash, take a few seconds to read the care label. Most t-shirts are made of cotton or a cotton blend, which means they can shrink in the wash. Look for instructions on the label about washing and drying. Some t-shirts may need to be washed in cold water or air-dried instead of going in the dryer.
Wash in cold water
Hot water can cause cotton fibers to shrink, so it’s best to wash your t-shirt in cold water. This will help preserve the size and shape of the shirt. If you’re worried about stains, pre-treat them with a stain remover before washing.
Use a gentle cycle
When it comes to washing your t-shirt, choose a gentle cycle. This will help protect the fibers and prevent damage to the shirt. Speed Queen’s Perfect Wash™ system is perfect for delivering a gentle, but effective wash. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, as these can also damage the fabric.
Avoid the dryer
The dryer is the enemy of cotton t-shirts. Heat can cause the fabric to shrink and lose its shape. Instead of throwing your t-shirt in the dryer, air-dry it by hanging it up or laying it flat. If you must use the dryer, choose a low heat setting and remove the shirt as soon as it’s dry.
Stretch it out
If your t-shirt does shrink, don’t worry. You can still salvage it by stretching it out. Wet the shirt and gently stretch it back to its original size. Lay it flat to dry and it should regain its shape.
Taking care of your favorite t-shirt is important to ensure it lasts a long time. By following these simple tips, you can avoid shrinking your shirt and keep it looking and feeling great. Remember to always read the care label, wash in cold water, use a gentle cycle, avoid the dryer, and stretch it out if needed. With a little bit of care, your favorite t-shirt will continue to be your go-to for years to come.