While you may occasionally snag your shirt on something sharp or spill tea on your favorite shirt, the most common reason you can't keep your clothes looking new is that you wash them incorrectly. How many times have you seen a beautiful shirt shrink in the dryer, or accidentally washed a dry clean only shirt and had it fall apart?
If you put a little more thought into how you wash and dry your shirts, you can help extend the life of your shirts. Here are some laundry tips on how to keep your shirt looking like new.
1. Choose the right washing machine settings
Both shirts, and most other clothes should be washed on the least harsh setting of your washing machine. Depending on your washing machine, this can be labeled as gentle or delicate.
Using a gentle cycle will help eliminate most of the wear and tear that a washing machine can cause, especially on delicate fibers.
2. Use a laundry mesh bag
If your washing machine does not have a gentle setting, you can still keep your shirts looking new by using a mesh laundry bag. This will help protect your clothes from any damage.
Before you throw your shirts in the washer, put them in the mesh bag. This way, you won't need to worry about any tears, snags or tangles.
3. Wash your clothes from the inside out
No guide on how to keep your clothes looking new would be complete without this rule, one of the simplest but often overlooked laundry tips.
Before putting your shirts in the washer, be sure to turn all your clothes inside out. A single spin cycle can cause a lot of wear and tear on your clothes. Let the inside of the shirt take the brunt of the damage, not the display side.
4. Choose the right detergent
Using the best detergent can definitely help keep your shirts looking new. However, not all laundry detergents are created equal. Some are made specifically for delicate fabrics and can prevent shrinkage and discoloration. Also, powdered detergents are harsh on clothes, so get the liquid type.
You can also look for detergents made from plant-based materials.
If possible, find a clothesline to allow your clothes to air dry more often. If you live in a warm place, the heat from outside will be perfect for drying them quickly. Plus, fresh air always smells good on your clothes. If you have limited space, look for a collapsible or foldable drying rack.
If you live in a place where the sun doesn't shine often and you have to use a dryer, try using a cool setting to help prevent shrinkage.