Make your t-shirt last longer
January 27, 2010
After a day is over and you change into your evening attire, most people ball there shirts up and throw them into the hamper. Doing so puts stress on the fibers of the shirt because of the wrinkles that accumulate. Over time, this makes the shirt look less and less crisp. Say goodbye to your “new shirt” look! So, when putting your shirts into the hamper, try folding them into a neat pile until the next time you wash the garments.
Since we’re on the topic, wash your clothes often! The longer you let you clothing stay in the hamper the longer natural day to day stains and smells have to set in. Try to prevent food stains from getting on your shirt (having children may make this nearly impossible). Just in case, here are a few stain remedies:
•Dish soap and warm water are generic stain removers. With little soap and warm water gently use a toothbrush to remove stains.
•For darker stains like tea, coffee, or blueberry juice, immediately run boiling water over the stain until it is gone. Allowing these stains to set will be very difficult to remove. Please be careful with using boiling water!
•With other fruit or dirt stains, sprinkle salt on the stain and use cold water, dish soap, and a toothbrush to gently remove the stain. If this doesn’t work try adding a bit of vinegar into the water.
•Store bought stain removers are probably your best bet for removing stains. Great products like OxiClean, Tide Stain Brush, and Tide to Go work great for most stains.
Most people immediately take their clothing from the washer and toss it into the dryer. But, we must advise you to stay away from dryers as much as possible. Dryers wear clothing out and fades color in fabrics. Excessive drying will cause cracks and fading in decorative prints. Try hanging your garments outside in dry air and natural sunlight.
Clothing dryers use a large amount of electricity resulting in higher electric bills and contributing to global warming. If you have no other choice but to use a dryer set the temperature to a warm setting and clean out the filter before each use. If the temperature of your dryer is set to high your garments will come out wrinkled and fade quickly.
After drying, hang clothing up immediately. Shirts will last longer and look the best when hung up and not folded. Eventually the folded wrinkles will show more the longer they sit in the drawer. If you have to use a dresser, smooth out the folded wrinkles and iron them out before wearing the garment. Avoid using the iron directly on printed decorated areas (try ironing your shirt inside out!).
Taking care of clothing and properly washing them will allow your shirts to last the longest and look the best. We want your shirts to be memorable and last as long as possible. If you have any tried and true methods we haven’t included, feel free to let everyone know with a comment below.