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Posted by lionel michelangeli on Sep 16, 2021
Cotton is one of the softest, most comfortable and breathable garments, but it has one major downside:
What's the point of buying cotton clothes if they end up getting ruined after just one wash?
Well, washing cotton clothes is not as difficult as you might think. We've put together this guide to teach you how to wash your 100% cotton sweatshirts without shrinking them.
So let's get started.
The short answer to this question is yes.
But that doesn't mean you should be afraid to machine wash or dry your 100% cotton sweaters. They will only shrink if you don't set the washer and dryer to the correct settings.
Even if your cotton sweatshirts shrink, they won't get so small that you can't wear them anymore. Shrinkage will never make your clothes two sizes or even one size smaller than they already are. You can still wear your cotton sweatshirts if they shrink.
At least, that's true in most cases. However, you might not want to take a chance on running your cotton sweatshirts through the washer and dryer like you would your other clothes. To ensure that your cotton sweatshirts stay in good condition, there are a few things you need to do when washing them.
The first step in washing your 100% cotton sweatshirts is not to wash them.
Here's what we mean by that: you don't have to wash your cotton sweatshirts every time you wear them. In fact, you should wear your sweatshirts as much as possible between washes. This will prevent them from wearing out quickly and keep them in good condition.
Unless your sweatshirt gets really dirty after wearing it once, you should try wearing it a few times before washing it. When it comes time to wash your cotton sweaters, don't rush through the process. Otherwise, your sweatshirts may be stained or damaged.
Start by sorting your cotton sweatshirts by color.
If all of your sweaters are the same color, you can skip this step. But you shouldn't neglect this step if you have several sweaters of different colors, especially if some are white.
Cotton bleeds more easily than other types of clothing. If you throw a red sweatshirt and a white sweatshirt in the washing machine together, you'll end up getting a red sweatshirt and a pink sweatshirt. And this is also true for all other colors.
Do not skip this step if you have several cotton sweatshirts.
After sorting your sweatshirts, take a few minutes to turn them over.
Now you don't have to do this when washing your sweatshirts, but it will help prevent the dye from bleeding out. It will also prevent the good sides of your sweatshirts from rubbing against other clothing, which can cause them to wear out faster.
You can also put each sweatshirt in a mesh laundry bag. This will create a layer of protection between your sweatshirts and the other garments in the load.
You don't need to use special laundry detergent when washing your 100% cotton sweatshirts. Everything you have in your home should work fine.
If there are particularly dirty spots on your sweatshirts, dabbing some laundry detergent on the area will help the dirt come off in the wash. You can also add a small amount of bleach to the load if you want to lighten your whites, but if you're washing other colors, be sure to use a bleach that's safe for colors.
Always wash heavily soiled cotton sweatshirts separately from your other clothes. Otherwise, the mess could end up rubbing onto your other clothes and making them dirtier than before you washed them.
You can wash your 100% cotton sweatshirts in the washing machine, but make sure it's on a gentle setting. Avoid using hot or lukewarm water when washing your sweatshirts. Keep the temperature cool or cold.
There are different ways to dry your cotton sweatshirts.
First, you can put them in the dryer if you want. You just need to make sure you set it to a low heat setting, and it's a good idea to tumble dry them instead of running them through a normal load.
As soon as the dryer is finished, take out your sweatshirts immediately. Leaving them too long in the heat can cause them to shrink or wrinkle.
If you're still worried about shrinking, you can hang your cotton sweatshirts to dry instead of putting them in the dryer. But remember that cotton takes longer to dry than normal clothes. They may need to hang for a while before they are completely dry.
You can also lay your cotton sweatshirts flat on a towel to dry. This will prevent the hangers from wearing down the shoulders or leaving marks. However, if you choose to do so, remember to turn the sweatshirts over occasionally to allow both sides to dry.
Washing 100% cotton sweatshirts can be tricky, but if you know what you're doing, you can keep them clean without shrinking them. Never worry about ruining your sweatshirts again.
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